Ben Alcock

PhD Student

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

Email: b.alcock.1@research.gla.ac.uk

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


John Armstrong

PhD Student

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

Email:

Tel: +44 141 330 ????
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Stephen Brown

 

Astro-WB-SABPhD Student

I am working with Prof. Lyndsay Fletcher on solar flares. We are currently looking at the behaviour of the chromosphere during flares, with a particular focus on the hydrogen Lyman lines.

After using EVE observations to measure Doppler shifts in these lines, we found signatures of both plasma upflows and downflows. We are now using radiative hydrodynamic and radiative transfer codes, RADYN & RH, to produce simulated H Lyman profiles and understand their formation in the solar atmosphere. In 2016 I visited the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre for 4 months to further this work, and presented our observations at the SDO Living With A Star conference in Vermont.

Publications:

Doppler speeds of the hydrogen Lyman lines in solar flares from EVE – Astronomy & Astrophysics -11/2016 – Stephen Brown, Lyndsay Fletcher & Nicolas Labrosse

Hydrogen Balmer Line Broadening in Solar and Stellar FlaresAstrophysical Journal – 2017 – Adam F Kowalski, Joel C Allred, Han Uitenbroek, Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay, Stephen Brown, Mats Carlsson, Rachel A Osten, John P Wisniewski, Suzanne L Hawley

Radiative hydrodynamic modelling of the hydrogen Lyman lines in the flaring chromosphere [in prep]

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

Email: s.brown.6@research.gla.ac.uk

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


Nicolina Chrysaphi

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PhD Student

n.chrysaphi.1@research.gla.ac.uk

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

Email:

Tel: +44 141 330 2960
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Salma Islam

PhD Student

I am working with Prof. Martin Hendry.

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

Email: s.islam.1@research.gla.ac.uk

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


Peter Levens

PhD Student

I am working with Dr. Nicolas Labrosse and Prof. Lyndsay Fletcher on solar tornado-like prominences – these features appear to be the rotating legs of prominences.

My research has mostly been using UV and EUV observations from the Hinode and IRIS satellites and the ground-based THEMIS telescope in the Canary Islands. In 2014 and 2015 I was part of an international team that coordinated and performed observations with Hinode, IRIS, and THEMIS. I had the opportunity to spend four weeks making observations of prominences at THEMIS as part of that campaign. I also spent four months at the Observatoire de Paris in Meudon, working with Dr. Brigitte Schmieder on analysing IRIS data that we gathered in 2014.

I have also spent some time developing a radiative transfer code that simulates the emission of ionised magnesium (Mg II) lines in prominences. This work has built upon the already-substantial code for modelling hydrogen, helium, and calcium in prominences, provided to me by Dr. Nicolas Labrosse. The aim of this work was to extend previous prominence Mg II models to explain recent IRIS observations.

I am currently at the end of my PhD, writing my thesis.

Publications:

“Comparing UV/EUV line parameters and magnetic field in a quiescent prominence with tornadoes” — P. J. Levens, N. Labrosse, B. Schmieder, A. López Ariste, L.Fletcher. 2017, Astronomy and Astrophysics, (accepted, awaiting publication) [doi] [arXiv]

“Reconstruction of a helical prominence in 3D from IRIS spectra and images” — B. Schmieder, M. Zapiór, A. López Ariste, P. J. Levens, N. Labrosse, R. Gravet. 2017, Astronomy and Astrophysics, (accepted, awaiting publication) [doi] [arXiv]

“Halpha Doppler shifts in a tornado in the solar corona” — B. Schmieder, P. Mein, N. Mein P. J. Levens, N. Labrosse, L. Ofman. 2017, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 597, A109 [doi] [arXiv]

“Magnetic Field in Atypical Prominence Structures: Bubble, Tornado, and Eruption”P. J. Levens, B. Schmieder, A. López Ariste, N. Labrosse, K. Dalmasse, B. Gelly. 2016, The Astrophysical Journal, 826, 164L [doi] [arXiv]

“Structure of Prominence Legs: Plasma and Magnetic Field”P. J. Levens, B. Schmieder, N. Labrosse, A. López Ariste. 2016, The Astrophysical Journal, 818, 31L [doi] [arXiv]

“A solar tornado observed by EIS: Plasma diagnostics”P. J. Levens, N. Labrosse, L.Fletcher, B. Schmieder. 2015, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 582, A27 [doi] [arXiv]

Conference proceedings:

“Prominence and tornado dynamics observed with IRIS and THEMIS” — B. Schmieder, P. J. Levens, N. Labrosse, P. Mein, A. López Ariste, M. Zapiór. 2017, American Astronomical Society, SPD meeting No. 48

“Prominence plasma and magnetic field structure – A coordinated observation with IRIS, Hinode and THEMIS” — B. Schmieder, N. Labrosse, P. J. Levens, A. López Ariste. 2016, 41st COSPAR Scientific Assembly

“Magnetic Field and Plasma Diagnostics from Coordinated Prominence Observations” — B. Schmieder, P. J. Levens, K. Dalmasse, N. Mein, P. Mein, A. López Ariste, N. Labrosse, P. Heinzel. 2016, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, ASP Conference Series, Vol. 504

“Polarimetric measurements in prominences and “tornadoes” observed by THEMIS” — B. Schmieder, A. López Ariste, P. J. Levens, N. Labrosse, K. Dalmasse. 2014, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, IAU Symposium No. 305

Contact information:

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

Email: p.levens.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Tel: +44 141 330 2960


Konstantina Loumou

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PhD Student

k.loumou.1@research.gla.ac.uk

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

Email:

Tel: +44 141 330 2960
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Kyle Martin

PhD Student

f.martin.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Room 616
School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Scotland

Email:

Tel: +44 141 330 3816


Antonio Herrera Martin

PhD Student

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

Email: a.herrera-martin.1@research.gla.ac.uk

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


Thomas Murat

PhD Student

t.murat.1@research.gla.ac.uk

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

Email:

Tel: +44 141 330 2960
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Christopher Osborne

PhD Student

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

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Andrew Rodger

PhD Student

a.rodger.1@research.gla.ac.uk

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

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Tel: +44 141 330 2960
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Juntao Wang

PhD Student

Room 614
School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Scotland

Email: j.wang.4@research.gla.ac.uk

Tel: +44 141 330 0855


Paul Wright

 

PhD Student

pjwright_photoI am a third-year Ph.D. student studying the heating of non-flaring/micro-flaring active regions, supervised by Dr Iain Hannah.

My interests range from stellar to solar physics; my main interests lie in the heating of the solar atmosphere, including active regions and loops. I am currently gaining expertise in analysis of data from SDO/AIA, Hinode/XRT, Hinode/EIS, and NuSTAR. For more information see my personal webpage (details below), or my profile on ResearchGate.

Personal homepage
(the contents of which are the responsibility of Paul Wright)

Publications:

[1] Andrew J. Marsh, David M. Smith, Lindsay Glesener, Iain G. Hannah, Brian W. Grefenstette, Amir Caspi, Sam Krucker, Hugh S. Hudson, Kristin K. Madsen, Stephen M. White, Matej Kuhar, Paul J. Wright, Steven E. Boggs, Finn E. Christensen, William W. Craig, Charles J. Hailey, Fiona A. Harrison, Daniel Stern, and William W. Zhang 2017. First NuSTAR Limits on Quiet Sun Hard X-Ray Transient Events, ApJ (in revision)

[2] Juntao Wang, Paulo J. A. Simoes, Natasha L. S. Jeffrey, Lyndsay Fletcher, Paul J. Wright, Iain G. Hannah 2017. Observations of Reconnection Flows in a Flare on The Solar Disk, ApJL, 847, L1

[3] Paul J. Wright, Iain G. Hannah, Brian W. Grefenstette, Lindsay Glesener, Säm Krucker, Hugh S. Hudson, David M. Smith, Andrew J. Marsh, Stephen M. White, and Matej Kuhar 2017.
Microflare Heating of a Solar Active Region Observed with NuSTAR, Hinode/XRT, and SDO/AIA, ApJ, 844, 132

[4] Matej Kuhar, Säm Krucker, Iain G. Hannah, Lindsay Glesener, Pascal Saint-Hilaire, Brian W. Grefenstette, Hugh S. Hudson, Stephen M. White, David M. Smith, Andrew J. Marsh, Paul J. Wright, Steven E. Boggs, Finn E. Christensen, William W. Craig, Charles J. Hailey, Fiona A. Harrison, Daniel Stern, and William W. Zhang 2017. Evidence of Significant Energy Input in the Late Phase of a Solar Flare from NuSTAR X-ray Observations, ApJ, 835, 6

A CV (pdf) can be found here

Room 614
School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Scotland

Paul.Wright@glasgow.ac.uk

Tel: +44 141 330 8855 x0855
Fax: +44 141 330 8600

 


Lauren Doyle

Msc Student

Room 616
School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Scotland

l.doyle.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Tel: +44 141 330 3816
Fax: +44 141 330 8600


Daniel Williams

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Postgraduate Student

Room 464
Tel: x7168

Email: d.williams.2@research.gla.ac.uk


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 Erin MacDonald

Postgraduate Student
Room 464

Tel: x7168

Email: e.p.macdonald.glasgow@gmail.com

IGR page


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)


Dr. Chris Messenger

Research Fellow
Room 466

Tel: x3536

Email: Christopher.Messenger@glasgow.ac.uk

Research Interests: My work involves the analysis of gravitational wave data. I am specifically interested in wide area parameter space searches for gravitational waves from continuously emitting sources.

IGR page


Dr Matthew Pitkin

Research Fellow
Room 464

Tel: x7168

Email: Matthew.Pitkin@glasgow.ac.uk

Research Interests: My research involves targeted searches for gravitational waves from known pulsars using GEO 600 and LIGO data. My work also includes searches for quasi-normal mode oscillations in neutron stars induced by glitches.

IGR page

M Pitkin Homepage


Michele Leighton


Brynley Pearlstone

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PhD Student
Room 327a

Tel: x7324

Email: b.pearlstone.1@research.gla.ac.uk