Adrienn Luspay-Kuti Print



:   Planetary Scientist

:  Planetary, Astronomy

  Europa Clipper, PIMS, Rosetta

Degree Field of Study Year Attained Institution Name
PhD Space and Planetary Sciences 2014 University of Arkansas
MS Astronomy 2009 Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

I am a planetary scientist studying comets, volatile trapping in the early solar system, and the photochemistry of planetary atmospheres. My current research focuses on the composition, structure and volatile storage of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and photochemical modeling of cold nitrogen-methane atmospheres, such as on Titan, Pluto, and Triton. In addition, I am leading an Internal Research And Development project applying the knowledge of Solar System photochemistry to exoplanetary atmospheres. In my Ph.D. thesis work I extensively studied Titan's lake kinetics through a combination of laboratory experiments in a one-of-a-kind simulation chamber that I helped build from scratch, and numerical modeling to interpret the experimental data. Before focusing on Titan and the outer Solar System, I studied the northern polar regions of Mars; specifically, surface-atmosphere interactions related to high albedo events from MGS TES data. I have experience with simulating and modeling surface-atmosphere interactions of cryogenic planetary environments, astrophysical ices, volatile trapping, photochemical modeling, and gas chromatography.

I am currently a Science Affiliate on the Europa Clipper mission working on the Plasma Instrument for Magnetic Sounding (PIMS) instrument, and a Co-I on the Trident mission concept to Neptune's moon Triton, proposed to NASA's Discovery Program. I was a science team member for the Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) instrument onboard the Rosetta spacecraft orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko between 2014-2018. 

AGU Index Category AGU Index Sub-Category
Start Year End Year Description
2018 Current Senior Professional Staff I, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
2016 2018 Research Scientist, Southwest Research Institute
2014 2016 Postdoctoral Researcher, Southwest Research Institute
2015 2015 Adjunct Professor, St. Mary's University
2012 2012 Graduate Intern, Southwest Research institute
2010 2013 Graduate Research Assistant, University of Arkansas, Center for Space and Planetary Science
Year Description
2014 - Present Reviewer for various NASA programs
2017 - 2018 Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society
2015 - 2018 Organized internal SwRI Space Science Seminar Series to promote collaboration, and dissemination of research among scientists.
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A. Luspay-Kuti, K. Altwegg, J. J. Berthelier, A. Beth, F. Dhooghe, B. Fiethe, S. A. Fuselier, T. I. Gombosi, K. C. Hansen, M. Hässig, G. Livadiotis, U. Mall, K. E. Mandt, O. Mousis, S. M. Petrinec, M. Rubin, K. J. Trattner, C.-Y. Tzou, P. Wurz, (2019), Comparison of neutral outgassing of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko inbound and outbound beyond 3 AU from ROSINA/DFMS, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 630, A30,

O. Mousis, T. Ronnet, J. I. Lunine, A. Luspay-Kuti, K. E. Mandt, G. Danger, F. Pauzat, Y. Ellinger, P. Wurz, P. Vernazza, L. Le Sergeant d’Hendecourt, (2018), Noble Gas Abundance Ratios Indicate the Agglomeration of 67P/ChuryumovtextendashGerasimenko from Warmed-up Ice, The Astrophysical Journal , 865, 1, L11,

Adrienn Luspay-Kuti, Olivier Mousis, Jonathan I. Lunine, Yves Ellinger, Françoise Pauzat, Ujjwal Raut, Alexis Bouquet, Kathleen E. Mandt, Romain Maggiolo, Thomas Ronnet, Bastien Brugger, Ozge Ozgurel, Stephen A. Fuselier, (2018), Origin of Molecular Oxygen in Comets: Current Knowledge and Perspectives, Space Science Reviews , 214, 8,

Luspay-Kuti, Adrienn and Mandt, Kathleen and Jessup, Kandis-Lea and Kammer, Joshua and Hue, Vincent and Hamel, Mark and Filwett, Rachael, (2017), Photochemistry on Pluto - I. Hydrocarbons and aerosols, mnras, 472, 1, 104-117

Mandt, Kathleen and Luspay-Kuti, Adrienn and Hamel, Mark and Jessup, Kandis-Lea and Hue, Vincent and Kammer, Josh and Filwett, Rachael, (2017), Photochemistry on Pluto: part II HCN and nitrogen isotope fractionation, mnras, 472, 1, 118-128

H"assig, M. and Altwegg, K. and Balsiger, H. and Berthelier, J.~J. and Bieler, A. and Calmonte, U. and Dhooghe, F. and Fiethe, B. and Fuselier, S.~A. and Gasc, S. and Gombosi, T.~I. and Le Roy, L. and Luspay-Kuti, A. and Mand t, K. and Rubin, M. and Tzou, C. -Y. and Wampfler, S.~F. and Wurz, P., (2017), Isotopic composition of CO$_2$ in the coma of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko measured with ROSINA/DFMS, aap, 605, A50

Mousis, O. and Ozgurel, O. and Lunine, J.~I. and Luspay-Kuti, A. and Ronnet, T. and Pauzat, F. and Markovits, A. and Ellinger, Y., (2017), Stability of Sulphur Dimers (S$_2$) in Cometary Ices, apj, 835, 2, 134

B. Brugger, O. Mousis, A. Morse, U. Marboeuf, L. Jorda, A. Guilbert-Lepoutre, D. Andrews, S. Barber, P. Lamy, A. Luspay-Kuti, K. Mandt, G. Morgan, S. Sheridan, P. Vernazza, I. P. Wright, (2016), SUBSURFACE CHARACTERIZATION OF 67P/CHURYUMOV–GERASIMENKO’S ABYDOS SITE, The Astrophysical Journal

A. Luspay-Kuti, K. E. Mandt, J. H. Westlake, S. Plessis, T. K. Greathouse, (2016), THE ROLE OF NITROGEN IN TITAN’S UPPER ATMOSPHERIC HYDROCARBON CHEMISTRY OVER THE SOLAR CYCLE, The Astrophysical Journal

Adrienn Luspay-Kuti, Olivier Mousis, Myrtha Hässig, Stephen A. Fuselier, Jonathan I. Lunine, Bernard Marty, Kathleen E. Mandt, Peter Wurz, Martin Rubin, (2016), The presence of clathrates in comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Science Advances , 2, 4, e1501781--e1501781,

Mandt, Kathleen E and Mousis, Olivier and Luspay-Kuti, Adrienn, (2016), Isotopic constraints on the source of Pluto׳ s nitrogen and the history of atmospheric escape, Planetary and Space Science

Mousis, O and Lunine, JI and Luspay-Kuti, A and Guillot, T and Marty, B and Ali-Dib, M and Wurz, P and Altwegg, K and Bieler, A and H"assig, M and others, (2016), A PROTOSOLAR NEBULA ORIGIN FOR THE ICES AGGLOMERATED BY COMET 67P/CHURYUMOV--GERASIMENKO, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 819, 2, L33

Mousis, O and Ronnet, T and Brugger, B and Ozgurel, O and Pauzat, F and Ellinger, Y and Maggiolo, R and Wurz, P and Vernazza, P and Lunine, JI and others, (2016), Origin of molecular oxygen in Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, arXiv preprint arXiv:1604.08831

Fuselier, S.~A. and Altwegg, K. and Balsiger, H. and Berthelier, J.~J. and Beth, A. and Bieler, A. and Briois, C. and Broiles, T.~W. and Burch, J.~L. and Calmonte, U. and Cessateur, G. and Combi, M. and De Keyser, J. and Fiethe, B. and Galand, M. and Gasc, S. and Gombosi, T.~I. and Gunell, H. and Hansen, K.~C. and H"assig, M. and Heritier, K.~L. and Korth, A. and Le Roy, L. and Luspay-Kuti, A. and Mall, U. and Mandt, K.~E. and Petrinec, S.~M. and R`eme, H. and Rinaldi, M. and Rubin, M. and Semon, T. and Trattner, K.~J. and Tzou, C. -Y. and Vigren, E. and Waite, J.~H. and Wurz, P., (2016), Ion chemistry in the coma of comet 67P near perihelion, mnras, 462, S67-S77

Mandt, K.~E. and Eriksson, A. and Edberg, N.~J.~T. and Koenders, C. and Broiles, T. and Fuselier, S.~A. and Henri, P. and Nemeth, Z. and Alho, M. and Biver, N. and Beth, A. and Burch, J. and Carr, C. and Chae, K. and Coates, A.~J. and Cupido, E. and Galand, M. and Glassmeier, K. -H. and Goetz, C. and Goldstein, R. and Hansen, K.~C. and Haiducek, J. and Kallio, E. and Lebreton, J. -P. and Luspay-Kuti, A. and Mokashi, P. and Nilsson, H. and Opitz, A. and Richter, I. and Samara, M. and Szego, K. and Tzou, C. -Y. and Volwerk, M. and Simon Wedlund, C. and Stenberg Wieser, G., (2016), RPC observation of the development and evolution of plasma interaction boundaries at 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, mnras, 462, S9-S22

Luspay-Kuti, A and Chevrier, VF and Cordier, D and Rivera-Valentin, EG and Singh, S and Wagner, A and Wasiak, FC, (2015), Experimental constraints on the composition and dynamics of Titan's polar lakes, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 410, 75--83

Luspay-Kuti, A and Mandt, KE and Plessis, S and Greathouse, TK, (2015), Effects of Nitrogen Photoabsorption Cross Section Resolution on Minor Species Vertical Profiles in Titan’s Upper Atmosphere, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 801, 1, L14

Plessis, Sylvain and McDougall, Damon and Mandt, Kathy and Greathouse, Thomas and Luspay-Kuti, Adrienn, (2015), Uncertainty for calculating transport on Titan: A probabilistic description of bimolecular diffusion parameters, Planetary and Space Science, 117, 377--384

Luspay-Kuti, A and H"assig, M and Fuselier, SA and Mandt, KE and Altwegg, K and Balsiger, H and Gasc, S and J"ackel, A and Le Roy, L and Rubin, M and others, (2015), Composition-dependent outgassing of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from ROSINA/DFMS-Implications for nucleus heterogeneity?, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 583, A4

Ryan C. Blase, Kristie Llera, Adrienn Luspay-Kuti, Mark Libardoni, (2014), The Importance of Detector Acquisition Rate in Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography (GCtexttimesGC), Separation Science and Technology, 49, 6, 847--853,

Blase, Ryan C and Llera, Kristie and Luspay-Kuti, Adrienn and Libardoni, Mark, (2014), The Importance of Detector Acquisition Rate in Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography (GC$times$ GC), Separation Science and Technology, 49, 6, 847--853

Wasiak, FC and Luspay-Kuti, A and Welivitiya, WDDP and Roe, LA and Chevrier, VF and Blackburn, DG and Cornet, T, (2013), A facility for simulating Titan’s environment, Advances in Space Research, 51, 7, 1213--1220

Luspay-Kuti, A and Chevrier, VF and Wasiak, FC and Roe, LA and Welivitiya, WDDP and Cornet, T and Singh, S and Rivera-Valentin, EG, (2012), Experimental simulations of CH4 evaporation on Titan, Geophysical Research Letters, 39, 23

Kereszturi, A and M"ohlmann, D and Berczi, Sz and Ganti, T and Horvath, A and Kuti, A and Sik, A and Szathmary, E, (2010), Indications of brine related local seepage phenomena on the northern hemisphere of Mars, Icarus, 207, 1, 149--164

Kereszturi, A and M"ohlmann, D and Berczi, Sz and Ganti, T and Horvath, A and Kuti, A and Sik, A, (2010), Seepages and the astrobiological potential of polar dunes on Mars, Astrobiology: Physical Origin, Biological Evolution and Spatial Distribution, 97--113

Kereszturi, A and M"ohlmann, D and Berczi, Sz and Ganti, T and Kuti, A and Sik, A and Horvath, A, (2009), Recent rheologic processes on dark polar dunes of Mars: Driven by interfacial water?, Icarus, 201, 2, 492--503