|Born||January 8, 1948|
|Institutions||Swedish Institute of Space Physics and Uppsala University|
|Alma mater||Uppsala University|
|Doctoral advisor||Per Olof Fröman|
|Known for||Quantum Mechanics, Electrodynamics, Plasma, Space physics|
Bo Y. Thidé (born in Gothenburg, Sweden) is a Swedish physicist who studies radio waves and other electromagnetic radiation in space, particularly their interaction with matter and fields. He received his B.Sc. in 1972, his M.Sc. in 1973, and defended his Ph.D. thesis at Uppsala University in 1979. His Ph.D. was obtained under the supervision of professor Per Olof Fröman at the Department of Theoretical Physics, Uppsala University. He has worked at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Uppsala since 1980, where he has been a professor since 2000.
In 1981, Bo Thidé discovered electromagnetic emissions stimulated by powerful radio waves in the ionosphere during experiments in August 1981 at the EISCAT facility in Tromsø, Norway. For the first time it was shown that the plasma turbulence excited by powerful radio waves in the ionosphere radiates secondary electromagnetic radiation that can be detected and analysed on the ground. These stimulated electromagnetic emissions (SEE) exhibit a rich spectral structure, particularly near harmonics of the ionospheric electron gyro frequency. The SEE technique is now a useful tool in plasma turbulence research. For his discovery, Thidé was awarded the Edlund Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1991.
In the mid-1980s, Thidé published a series of papers together with Bengt Lundborg on a highly accurate analytic approximation method to calculate the full three-dimensional wave pattern, spin angular momentum (polarization) and other properties of radio waves propagating in an inhomogeneous, magnetized, collisional plasma,
Together with colleagues from Italy and Spain, Thidé discovered in 2010 a new phenomenon in General Relativity which allows the detection of spinning black holes by analysing the orbital angular momentum and optical vortex structure of radiation from the accretion disk near the black holes. The results were published in Nature Physics.
Thidé was vividly advocating Orbital angular momentum multiplexing and claimed that it could revolutionize digital radio transmissions, opening up additional degrees of freedom. Thidé is the author of the book "Electromagnetic Field Theory", which is used in the course Classical Electrodynamics at Uppsala University.
Notes and references
- B. Thidé, H. Kopka, and P. Stubbe (1982). "Observations of Stimulated Scattering of a Strong High-Frequency Radio Wave in the Ionosphere". Physical Review Letters 49 (21): 1561–1564. Bibcode:1982PhRvL..49.1561T. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.49.1561.
- F. Tamburini, B. Thidé, G. Molina-Terriza, G. Anzolin (2011). "Twisting light around rotating black holes". Nature Physics 7 (3): 195–197. arXiv:1104.3099. Bibcode:2011NatPh...7..195T. doi:10.1038/NPHYS1907.
- Fabrizio Tamburini, Elettra Mari, Anna Sponselli, Bo Thidé, Antonio Bianchini and Filippo Romanato (2012) "Encoding many channels on the same frequency through radio vorticity: first experimental test" New J. Phys. 14 033001 doi:10.1088/1367-2630/14/3/033001