Laura Rodríguez García

Research Fellow


Main Research Fields

My main research interest is the wide spread of solar energetic particles (SEP) in the heliosphere. A new era of spacecraft probing the inner heliosphere make now possible the study of the longitudinal spread of SEP events closer to the Sun, around 0.3 au. ESA missions BepiColombo, launched in October 2018, and Solar Orbiter, launched in February 2022, can measure SEPs, solar-wind and electromagnetic field in the inner heliosphere between 0.3 au and 1 au. Such observations are complemented by NASA's Parker Solar Probe, launched in August 2018, orbiting the Sun with closest distances just below 10 solar radii. My research is focused on relevant SEP events, associated to fast coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and CME-driven shocks, observed by several spacecraft. The outcomes of this research is of the upmost importance for Space Weather, as the particle radiation might affect astronauts and on-board electronics. 

I am also interested in the evolution of the CMEs from the corona to the heliosphere (ICMES), and how they affect the transport of solar energetic particles. 


Solar energetic particle (SEP) events

Widespread SEP events

Coronal mass ejections (CMEs)

Space weather

Ongoing collaborations

My main open collaborations are the following:

Universidad de Alcalá (Spain) Energetic Particle Detector (EPD) on board Solar Orbiter

SERPENTINE project (Europe)

NASA Goddard Flight Center, George Mason University (USA)

University of Turku (Finland)

NASA Goddard Flight Center, LASSOS group (USA)

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (USA)

National Observatory of Athens (Greece)

Predictive Science Inc. (USA)


A full list of my publications can be found in my ORCID PROFILE.

Project/mission at ESA

Solar Orbiter (EPD)

BepiColombo (BERM, SIXS)