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Swisdak, Marc

Swisdak, Marc

Research Scientist
Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics
3373 A.V. Williams Building


  • Ph.D., Astrophysics, University of Colorado, 1999


Dr. Swisdak received a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Colorado in 1999.  He did post-doctoral work at IREAP, was a research physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory, and returned to IREAP in 2007.

Dr. Swisdak received the 2016 Provost's Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty in the category of research for his significant and continuing contributions to the study of magnetic reconnection and analysis of the data from Voyager 1.  Dr. Marc Swisdak and Prof. James Drake received the NASA Group Achievement Award as part of the MMS Instrument Suite Team (June 28, 2016).


  • Fellow, American Physical Society (2021)
  • Provost's Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty (2016)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award (2016)

Orcid: 0000-0002-5435-3544, Google Scholar

  • Collisionless magnetic reconnection
  • Ionospheric and magnetospheric turbulence as it relates to particle energization
  • Formation and stability of bifurcated current sheets


New Study Identifies Mechanism Driving the Sun's Fast Wind

UMD physicist James Drake (IREAP) says the release of magnetic energy near the sun's surface enables the solar wind to reach gravity-defying speeds

$1.6M Award for New Laser System Received from National Science Foundation

Professor Howard Milchberg will lead implementation of upgraded laser system.

Drake, Dorland, Swisdak selected to lead NASA science center

Drake, Dorland, Swisdak selected to lead NASA science center

Dr. Marc Swisdak Awarded Provost’s Excellence Award

Awarded to recognize Professional Track Faculty excellence in research

Space Mission First to Observe Key Interaction Between Magnetic Fields of Earth and Sun

Drake and Swisdak assist NASA in observing magnetic reconnection

Drake Named Distinguished University Professor

Prof. James Drake honored by UMD for outstanding scholarship.

NASA, We've Left the Solar System

Scientists from IREAP and Boston Univeristy say Voyager 1 left the Solar System.