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Arjun Tan

Professor of Physics, Alabama A & M University, Box 447, Normal, AL 35762

Phone: 256-372-8115; Fax: 256-372-5622; E-mail:


Ph.D., Physics, 1979, University of Alabama in Huntsville; M.S., Physics major, Astronomy minor, 1974, University of Florida; M.Sc., Physics, 1965; B.Sc.Hons., Physics, 1963, University of Calcutta.


Alabama A & M University, Professor of Physics, 1988-Present; Associate Professor, 1985-1988; Assistant Professor, 1981-1985; University of Alabama in Huntsville, Lecturer, Summer 1981; Newberry College, Visiting Instructor of Mathematics/Physics, 1980-1981; University of Florida, Post-Doctoral Associate/Instructor, 1979-1980; University of Alabama in Huntsville, Research Associate, Summer 1979; NOAA Space Environmental Laboratory, Guest Worker, 1977-1979; US Naval Research Laboratory, Senior Summer Faculty, 1996; NASA Johnson Space Center, Summer Faculty, 1994, 1995; USAF Kirtland Air Force Base, Summer Associate, 1992, 1993; US Army Missile Command, Summer Faculty, 1989; NASA Johnson Space Center, Summer Faculty, 1987, 1988; USAF Arnold Air Force Base, Summer Faculty, 1986; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Summer Physicist, 1985; US Army Missile Command, Summer Physicist, 1981, 1983, 1984; NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Summer Faculty, 1981; Krishnagar Women’s College, West Bengal, India, Lecturer-in-Physics, 1967-1971; Visva-Bharati University, West Bengal, India, Instructor, 1966-1967; Jadavpur University, West Bengal, India, Summer Faculty, 1968.


Reviewer, Planetary and Space Science, 2004; Reviewer, Journal of Geophysical Research, 2003; Reviewer, The Mathematical Scientist, 2001; Reviewer, Physics Teacher, 2001; Reviewer, Radio Science, 2000; Referee, Mathematics Teacher, 1986-1996; Referee, American Journal of Physics, 1981, 1985; Associate Editor of Theta, a British Journal of Mathematics, 1994-1999; Technical Editor, Encyclopedia of Sports Science, MacMillan, 1995; Reviewer of NASA Proposals, 1990, 1991; Assistant Editor, Alabama A & M University Journal, 1989-1991; External Assessor, University of Manitoba, 2001; Referee for Promotion to Professorship, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, 1986; Ph.D. Thesis Examiner, University of Calcutta, 1985.

Research Grants and Contracts

Principal Investigator (PI), NASA Grant NNG04GD59G, 2004-2006; PI, AFOSR Grant F49620-02-1-0310, 2002-2005; PI, NASA Subcontract NAG5-11995,2002-2005; PI, NASA Grant NAG5-10202, 2001-2003; PI, ONR Grant, N00014-97-1-0267, 1997-2003; PI, AFOSR Sub-Contract, 1993-1994; Investigator, NSF Grant 8802971, 1988-1998; PI, NASA Grant NAGW-1067, 1987-1991; PI, NSF Grant ATM-8611625, 1986-1988; PI, NSF Grant, ATM-8308276, 1983-1985.

Research Publications

Author of 107 journal publications, 85 Other periodical publications including abstracts; 42 Research Reports; 9 Book articles; and 1 Book. Below are selected recent publications:

Effect of Sun’s magnetic field polarity on interplanetary …, Geophys. Res. Let., 30, 2258, 2003.

Latitudinal effect on seasonal variation of geomagnetic activity, J. Geophys. Res., 108(A5), 1204, 2003.

Disturbances in the solar wind related to geomagnetic storms, J. Geophys. Res., 108(A3), 1134, 2003.

Analysis of the Delta-180 collision experiment in space, J. Astronaut. Sci, 49, 585, 2001.

The nighttime enhancement of NmF2 at Jicamarca on …, Ind. J. Radio & Space Phys., 29, 146,2000.

Bucky ball and soccer ball models for the Earth’s continents, Math. Spectr.,32, 54, 1999.

Atmospheric conditions in 1995 from the orbital decay of …, J. Atmos. Sol. Terr. Phys., 60, 1477, 1998.

Detecting the dynamical state of the atmosphere from …, J. Atmos. Sol. Terr. Phys., 59, 431, 1997.

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