Dr Nicolas Labrosse

Nicolas Labrosse

University Teacher in Physics and Astronomy

These days…

Departmental responsibilities

I am Convenor of the Taught Masters degree programmes offered by the School of Physics and Astronomy. Contact me if you would like to know more.

I am Deputy Lab Head for Astronomy 1.


Current teaching responsibilities include:

  • Astronomy 1 tutorials
  • Laboratory (Astronomy 1)
  • Solar System I (Exploring the Cosmos 1X)
  • Life and Death of Stars I (Exploring the Cosmos 1Y)
  • Cosmology I (Astronomy 345)
  • Stellar Structure and Evolution II (Astronomy 345)
  • Student supervision (Astronomy 2, Astronomy 345)
  • Numerical Methods (Physics 3/4)
  • Research Skills (Taught Masters)


I am a member of the Space Glasgow Research Cluster.

My primary research interests are in understanding complex processes in the Sun’s atmosphere which affect Space Weather, using radiative transfer modelling, spectral diagnostics, and image processing techniques.

I am particularly interested in solar prominences (particularly spectroscopic diagnostics and radiative transfer models) and in solar flares (particularly observations and models of the chromosphere in flares).

A list of refereed publications can be consulted on this site, as well as on ADS. Some of my publications are also available on astro-ph. Check out my ResearcherID profile for another way of looking at the same piece of information.

Public engagement

I am happy to give talks for audiences at various levels (including schools) on a variety of topics in solar physics in particular and astronomy in general.

I have created a new Café Scientifique in Glasgow, which has the particularity of being held entirely in French. It’s fun, it’s informative, so feel free to pop in and say “salut”!


I can be found on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, ResearchGATE

Back then…

Previous departmental responsibilities

In the past, I have been Deputy Class Head for Exploring the Cosmos 1, Class Head of Exploring the Cosmos 2, and Lab Head of Astronomy 2.


Past teaching responsibilities include:

  • Solar System Physics 1 (Astronomy 1)
  • Introduction to Cosmology (Astronomy 1)
  • Theoretical Astrophysics (Astronomy 2)
  • Laboratory (Astronomy 2)
  • Laboratory (Astronomy 345)
  • Matter in the Universe (Exploring the Cosmos 2)


Between 2009 and 2011, I led the International Team on “Solar Prominence Formation and Equilibrium: New Data, New Models” of the International Space Science Institute. Click on the link if you want to learn about our activities and published papers.

In 2007-2009 I led the International Team on “Spectroscopy and Imaging of Quiescent and Eruptive Solar Prominences from Space”. We published two review papers on the Physics of Solar Prominences: Spectral Diagnostics and Non-LTE Modelling, and Magnetic Structure and Dynamics.


I maintain a modest compilation of useful links.

Contact details

Room 619
School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ

Email: Nicolas.Labrosse@glasgow.ac.uk
Tel: +44 141 330 3817
Fax: +44 141 330 8600

If you read this page…

… and your thirst for knowledge has not been extinguished yet, my Curriculum Vitae (PDF) gives more details, including a full list of publications.