Selected Publications


B. Smiley, M. Rapp, T.A. Blix, S. Robertson, M. Horanyi, R. Latteck,U J. Fiedler, "The charge and size distribution of mesospheric aerosol particles measured inside NLC and PMSE during MIDAS MacWAVE2002, " Journal of Atmospheric and Solar Terrestrial Physics 68, pp. 114-123 (2006).

S. Knappmiller, S. Robertson, Z. Sternovsky, "Comparison of Two Microwave and Two Probe Methods for Measuring Plasma Density," IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 34(3), pp. 786-791 (2006).

C. E. Krauss, M. Horanyi, S. Robertson. "Modeling the formation of electrostatic discharges on Mars," J. Geophys. Res., 111, E02001, doi:10.1029/ 2004JE002313 (2006).

S.Robertson, S. Knappmiller, Z. Sternovsky, "Energy balance and plasma potential in low-density hot-filament discharges," IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 34(3), pp. 844-849 (2006).

Z. Sternovsky, S. Robertson, "Numerical solutions to the weakly collisional plasma and sheath in the fluid approach and the reduction of the ion current to thewall," IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 34(3), pp. 850-854 (2006).


J. E. Colwell, A. A. S. Gulbis, M. Horanyi, S. Robertson, "Dust transport in photoelectron layers and the formation of dust ponds on Eros," Icarus 175, pp. 159-169 (2005).

S. Robertson, Z. Sternovsky, "Model for the density, temperature, and plasma potential of low-density hot-filament discharges," Phys. Rev. E. 72, 016402 (2005).


S. Robertson, B. Smiley, M. Horányi, Z. Sternovsky, J. Gumbel, & J. Stegman, “Rocket-borne probes for charged ionospheric aerosol particles,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Science 32(2), pp. 716-723 (April 2004).

Z. Sternovsky, K. Downum & S. Robertson, “Numerical solutions to a kinetic model for the plasma-sheath problem with charge exchange collisions of ions,” Phys. Rev. E 70, 026408 (2004).

Z. Sternovsky, R. H. Holzworth, M. Horányi, & S. Robertson, “Potential distribution around sounding rockets in mesospheric layers with charged aerosol particles,” Geophys. Res. Lett. 31, doi: 10.1029/2004GL020949 (2004).

Z. Sternovsky, M. Lampe, & S. Robertson, “Orbiting ions in the Debye shielding cloud around dust particles in weakly collisional plasmas,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Science 32(2), pp. 632-636, (April 2004).

Z. Sternovsky & S. Robertson, “Langmuir probe interpretation for plasmas with secondary electrons from the wall,” Physics of Plasmas 11(7), pp. 3610-3615, (July 2004).


M. Horányi, C. Mitchell, & J. E. Howard, “Epicyclic Description of Dust Grain Orbits about Saturn,” J. Geophys. Res. 108, 1179 (2003).

M. Lampe, R. Goswami, Z. Sternovsky, S. Robertson, V. Gavrishchaka, G. Ganguli and G. Joyce, “Trapped ion effect on shielding, current flow and charging of a small object in a plasma,” Physics of Plasmas 10, 1500-1513 (2003).

C. E. Krauss, M. Horányi & S. Robertson, “Experimental evidence for the electrostatic discharging of dust near the surface of Mars,” New Journal of Physics 5, 70.1-70.9, (June 2003).
S. Robertson, A. A. Sickafoose, J. Colwell, & M. Horanyi, “Dust grain charging and levitation in a weakly collisional DC sheath,” Physics of Plasmas 10, 3874-3880 (2003).


J. Howard, & M. Horányi, “Halo orbits about Saturn,” Dust in the Solar System and Other Planetary Systems, S. Green, I. Williams, J. McDonnell, & N. McBride, eds., Pergamon Press, London, p. 164, (2002).

J. Howard, C. Mitchell, & M. Horányi, “Validity of epicyclic description of Saturnian dust grain orbits,” in Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on The Physics of Dusty Plasmas (Durbin, South Africa, 2002).

J. Howard, M. Horányi, & H. Dullin, “Generalizations of the Stoermer problem for dust grain orbits,” Physica D171, 178 (2002).

A. Sickafoose, J. Colwell, M. Horányi & S. Robertson, “Experimental levitation of dust grains in a plasma sheath,” Journal of Geophysical Research 107 (2002).

Z. Sternovsky, A. Sickafoose, J. Colwell, S. Robertson, & M. Horányi, “Contact charging of lunar and martian dust simulants,” Journal of Geophysical Research 107 (E11), p. 5105 (2002).