Dr Christina Burge

I am working on modelling particle acceleration in turbulent magnetic fields, with particular applications to reconnection regions in the solar corona. I will be working at BAS in Cambridge for part of each year. My supervisors are Dr Alec MacKinnon and Dr Panagiota Petkaki.

I’m a member of the UKSP council, representing the intrests of PhD students within UKSP.

I’m also involved in the outreach work that the department undertakes, and I enjoy working with groups of young astronomers both at the observatory and in the mobile planetarium.

Room 604
School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Scotland

Email: c.burge@astro.gla.ac.uk
Tel: +44 141 330 2960
Fax: +44 141 330 8600

Dr Heather Ratcliffe

I am working on a PhD with Dr Eduard Kontar, considering the evolution of flare-accelerated electron beams, and am now in my 4th and final year. I have been using 0 or 1-D simulations to investigate the effects of density inhomogeneities on plasma waves, which can lead to acceleration of electrons. I’m also looking at Type III radio emission, which is generated by electron beams, and developing a code to simulate this, working with Dr Hamish Reid in Meudon.

In addition, I’ve assisted at and run many planetarium shows and observatory tours, for all age groups, from Cub scouts up to retired RAF officers, most recently an event for Nasa’s Curiosity rover in Glenelg, Scotland.

Room 604
School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Scotland

Email: hratcliffe@astro.gla.ac.uk

Google Scholar Profile: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=KwC67BAAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra

Tel: +44 141 330 2960

Dr Alexander Russell


Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellow

I am investigating whether MHD waves can transport large amounts of energy from the solar corona to the chromosphere during solar flares, and possible mechanisms by which these waves might accelerate electrons to high energies. I am especially keen to exploit parallels with auroral physics, building bridges between solar and magnetospheric physics. My work is supported by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

Room 620
School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Scotland

Email: Alexander.Russell@glasgow.ac.uk
Tel: +44 141 330 6427
Fax: +44 141 330 8600

Personal homepage
(the contents of which are the responsibility of Alexander Russell)

Dr Fraser Watson

I am working on a PhD in Solar Physics with Dr. Lyndsay Fletcher and I am currently busy with automated feature detection in solar images making use of image processing techniques. At the moment, my research involves looking at the fragmentation and breakup of solar active regions by studying MDI magnetograms I am also actively involved with the Astro group outreach program and had an active role in planetarium shows in schools as part of the Constellation Project with Professor John Brown. This was a project to promote Astronomy during IYA2009.

Room 604
School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Scotland

Email: f.watson@astro.gla.ac.uk

Tel: +44 141 330 2960
Fax: +44 141 330 8600

Personal homepage
(the contents of which are the responsibility of Fraser Watson)

Professor John C. Brown

Astronomer Royal for Scotland

As Astronomer Royal for Scotland, I give frequent planetarium shows and talks to schools, the public, and amateur societies, and am involved in using conjuring and other art forms to promote interest in science. From 2003-2006 I was consultant Project Astronomer in the Time and Space Project at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Previously, as Regius Professor of Astronomy, I was Leader of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Group. My main research interests are in solar and stellar plasmas, solar space missions, stellar mass loss and polarimetry, and signal analysis (especially inverse problems). My teaching has covered Exploring the Sky, Stellar Physics/ Compact Objects, Relativity, Theoretical Astrophysics, X-Ray Astrophysics, Exploring Planetary Systems, and Cosmology. I am also Honorary Professor in Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities.

Room 617
School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Scotland

Email: John.Brown@glasgow.ac.uk
Tel: +44 141 330 4152

Personal homepage
(the contents of which are the responsibility of Professor John C. Brown)

Dr David Clarke


Honourary Research Fellow

Stellar Astronomy and Atmospheric Physics – Development of optical equipmemt for undertaking spectropolarimetric measurements of stars and of the radiation from the daytime sky associated with scattering processes within stellar shells, the interstellar medium and the Earth’s atmosphere.

School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Scotland

Email: David.Clarke@glasgow.ac.uk

Dr Hugh Hudson


My research now centers on observations of solar X-rays and flare physics. I also work on solar global structure topics, mainly via RHESSI data. Also there’s an ongoing solar search for axions. I maintain a Web-based archive of flare/CME cartoons and have served as editor of the Yohkoh Science Nuggets, a program now ended. Now I edit the RHESSI Science Nuggets instead. Contributions are always welcome!

Room 620
School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Scotland

Email: Hugh.Hudson@glasgow.ac.uk
Tel: +44 141 330 6427
Fax: +44 141 330 8600

Personal homepage
(the contents of which are the responsibility of Hugh Hudson)

Dr Iain Hannah

Royal Society University Research Fellow

I am primarily interested in Solar flares which I investigate through RHESSI hard X-ray imaging and spectroscopy, multi-wavelength analysis, statistical surveys and numerical simulations. I also work on quiet Sun X-ray emission, the observations and possible emission mechanisms.

Room 620
School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Scotland

Email: Iain.Hannah@glasgow.ac.uk
Tel: +44 141 330 6427

Personal homepage
(the contents of which are the responsibility of Iain Hannah)

Refereed Publications