Dr Hugh Potts

KT Research Fellow

Research Areas

  • Atmospheric pressure plasmas for germicidal applications
    This experimental study is currently my main area of work. We have developed a novel process (patents filed) for producing ozone inside sealed containers, allowing us to sterilise the contents without opening the container or exposing the operator to ozone. A company (Anacail Ltd) was formed in February 2011 to exploit this technology.
  • Flatfield correction for SOHO MDI
    The SOHO satellite has been spectacularly successful at imaging the sun, and has now been operating continuously in the harsh environment of space for more than 12 years. In that time the CCD camera and optics have sustained significant radiation damage. We have developed a new technique for correcting the optical and CCD errors, producing a database of flatfields which can be used to reduce the flat fielding errors on the instrument by around a factor of 10. The repository of flatfields is hosted with the main MDI data service at Stanford University: http://soi.stanford.edu/sssc/MDI_continuum_hr_flatfields/flatfields.html and is mirrored locally here.
  • Solar flows and magnetic interactions
    The dynamics of small scale magnetic elements on the photosphere of the sun are dominated by their hydrodynamic interaction with the photospheric flows at the granular and supergranular scales. We have developed novel image analysis techniques (for example balltrack, codes available at http://code.google.com/p/solar-flow-tracking/) to analyse the fluid and magnetic element motion in the photosphere to investigate the energetics of these small scale interactions.
  • Magnetic Focusing of Therapeutic, Diagnostic or Prophylactic Agents to Deep Tumors.
    This is a collaboration with Dr Ben Shapiro at the University of Maryland in the US.
  • Ferrofluid dynamics
    Investigating the free surface dynamics of ferrofluid surface waves and freely suspended drops.

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

Email: Hugh.Potts@glasgow.ac.uk
Tel: +44 141 330 3816
Fax: +44 141 330 8600

Personal homepage
(the contents of which are the responsibility of Dr Hugh Potts)

Refereed Publications

Dr Graham Kerr

PhD Student

I have now completed my PhD, which was supervised by Prof Lyndsay Fletcher, and am about to start a postdoctoral fellowship at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (~April 2017).

My research interests are in solar physics, particularly in energy and radiation transport through the solar atmosphere during solar flares. I have expertise in data analysis using both imaging and spectroscopic observations from the Hinode, IRIS and SDO spacecraft, as well as using the numerical codes RADYN and RH to simulate solar flares, and the radiation they produce. I am eager to use a combination of both observations and numerical simulations to better understand the processes involved in solar flares.

Publications

“Simulations of the  Mg II k  and Ca II 8542 lines from an Alfvén Wave-heated flare chromosphere”, G.S. Kerr, L. Fletcher, A.J.B. Russell, & J.C. Allred. The Astrophysical Journal, vol. 827 (2), 2016. [doi] 

“IRIS Observations of the Mg II h & k Lines During a Solar Flare”, G.S. Kerr, P.J.A. Simões, J. Qiu & L. Fletcher. Astronomy and Astrophysics, vol. 582 (A50), 2015. [doi]

“The Radiated Energy Budget of Chromospheric Plasma in a Major Solar Flare Deduced from Multi-Wavelength Observations”, R.O. Milligan, G.S. Kerr, B.R. Dennis, H.S. Hudson, L. Fletcher, J.C. Allred, P.C. Chamberlin, J. Ireland, M. Mathioudakis, & F.P. Keenan. The Astrophysical Journal, vol. 793 (2), 2014. [doi]

“Physical Properties of White-Light Sources in the 2011 Feb 15 Solar Flare”, G.S. Kerr & L. Fletcher. The Astrophysical Journal, vol. 783 (2), 2014. [doi] 

“Hard X-ray and Ultraviolet Observations of the 2005 January 15 Two Ribbon Flare”, J. Cheng, G.S Kerr, & J. Qiu. The Astrophysical Journal, vol. 744 (1), 2012. [doi]

Conference Proceedings

“Observations and modelling of Helium lines in solar flares”, P.J.A. Simões, L. Fletcher, N. Labrosse, & G.S. Kerr. In: Coimbra Solar Physics Meeting 2015: Ground-based Solar Observations in the Space Instrumentation Era. ASP Conference Series, Vol. 504, 2016.

A C.V can be found here.

I am active in public outreach, and throughout the 2015-2016 academic year I worked with St. Vincent’s Primary School in East Kilbride as part of the Rolls-Royce Science Prize. Our team was awarded second place with a project that was focused on the ‘Earth in Space’. To learn more about our entry click here.

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

Email: Graham.s.kerr@nasa.gov

Tel: +44 141 330 2960
 

Dr Declan A Diver

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My research interest is in the physics of plasmas, particularly theory and numerical simulations of fluid plasmas, and imperfectly ionised low-temperature technological plasmas.

This interest divides into two general areas:

Low energy phenomena in plasmas:

These are non-equilibrium, low temperature plasmas in which charged-particle interactions with neutrals plays a significant role. Topics such as ionization fronts, plasma chemistry, surface charging (including dust interactions), gas-plasma momentum exchange and electric field evolution are included here.


High energy phenomena in plasmas:

Pair plasmas (that is, electron-positron plasmas) populate pulsar magnetospheres, and make a key contribution to the pulsar radiation characteristics. Since they are intrinsically relativistic, this branch of plasma research addresses the evolution of (ultra-) relativistic plasma distributions, including electrostatic phenomena, relativistic damping and radiative instabilities.

Additional Information

Recent research grants:

EP/K006142/1 “Microplasma-assisted manipulation of intact airborne bacteria for real-time autonomous detection” (£325k), PI, in conjunction with EP/K006088/1 Maguire, NIBEC (£645k)

ST/I001808/1 “Rolling Programme in Solar and Plasma Astrophysics”, (£1.2M) Co-I

KE Fund: “Novel medical device aseptic cleaning and storage methods for efficient healthcare logistics” , PI (Andrew Smith, CoI) £9.9k

Published output:

You can find my publications via my ResearcherID.

I am also the author of “Plasma Formulary for Physics, Astronomy & Technology“, Wiley, 2nd Edition, and am a Founding Director (with Hugh Potts) of the spin-out company, Anacail Ltd.

Room 606

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

Email: Declan.Diver@glasgow.ac.uk
Tel: +44 141 330 5686
Fax: +44 141 330 8600
Skype: declan.andrew.diver
 

 

 

Dr Norman Gray


Research Fellow

I’m working on ‘Semantic Resource Discovery for the Virtual Observatories’ (aka ‘astronomical data management’, or ‘astroinformatics’, or some variant on that).

Recent projects (PI or Co-I):

  • Sensitivity review ‘Knowledge Exchange’ project, working with The National Archives and GU Computing Science, 2013.
  • MaRDI-Gross ‘Managing Research Data Infrastructures in Big Science’, 2011–2012, JISC
  • AstroDAbis, 2011, JISC
  • Managing Research Data – Gravitational Waves, 2009–2011, JISC
  • Explicator ‘Intelligent access to foreign data models’, 2007–2009, EPSRC
  • SKUA ‘Semantic Knowledge Underpinning Astronomy’, 2008–2009, JISC
  • AGAST ‘Advanced Grid Authorisation through Semantic Technologies’, 2008–2009, JISC

…plus time on projects led by others

Virtual Observatory:

  • Vice-chair, then chair, of IVOA Semantics WG (2010–present)
  • Member of IVOA Technical Coordination Group

Teaching

  • Special Relativity, second year (2000–02 & 2010–)
  • General Relativity, honours (biennially since 2002–03)

Room 605
School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Scotland

Email: Norman.Gray@glasgow.ac.uk
Tel: +44 141 330 7111

Personal homepage
(the contents of which are the responsibility of Dr Norman Gray)

Refereed Publications

Professor Martin Hendry


Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology; Head of School

Gravitational-wave and multimessenger astronomy and cosmology; statistical analysis of galaxy redshift and redshift-distance surveys; Bayesian inference and non-parametric statistical methods; Gravitational lensing and microlensing; public outreach and public engagement in science.

Room 607
School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Scotland

Email: Martin.Hendry@glasgow.ac.uk
Tel: +44 141 330 5685
Fax: +44 141 330 8600

Personal homepage
(the contents of which are the responsibility of Prof Martin Hendry FRSE)

Refereed Publications

Professor Lyndsay Fletcher

Professor
My research interests are in solar flare and coronal physics, and include: flares in the chromosphere, flare and active region magnetic field structure, analysis of imaging and spectral data from solar space missions and numerical simulation of fast particle transport in magnetised plasmas. I am Co-ordinator of the EC-funded F-CHROMA network.

Room 618
School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Scotland

Email: Lyndsay.Fletcher@glasgow.ac.uk
Tel: +44 141 330 5311/4152

Curriculum Vitae (Jan 2016)

Postgraduate Students (Jan 2016)

Refereed Publications

Dr Nicolas Labrosse

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Senior Lecturer (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.

Teaching
Current teaching responsibilities include:

  • Astronomy 1 tutorials
  • Cosmology I (Astronomy 345)
  • Heliophysics and Stellar Atmospheres II (Astronomy 345)
  • Stellar Structure and Evolution II (Astronomy 345)
  • Student supervision (Astronomy 2, Astronomy 345)
  • Numerical Methods (Physics 3/4)
  • Research Skills (Taught Masters)
  • The Sun’s Atmosphere (Taught Masters and SUPA Postgraduate Research Students)

Research
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 arxiv (including some work on astronomy lecture recording). Check out my ResearcherID profile for another way of looking at the same piece of information.

I am currently leading the ISSI International Team on “Solving the prominence paradox”. The goal of this International Team is to test new ideas and develop new models to explain 1) how the motions observed in prominences (above the solar limb) and filaments (on the solar disk) fit with our current understanding of the magnetic field structure, and 2) how these motions are related to the photospheric dynamics.

I am also responsible for coordinating the activities of the Solar Simulations for the Atacama Large Millimeter Observatory Network “Prominences” experts team.
I am a member of the Organising Committee of Commission E1 (Solar Radiation and Structure) of the International Astronomical Union.
I am also a member of the Space Glasgow Research Cluster.

PhD students supervised:
Andrew Rodger (1st supervisor, October 2015-)
Stephen Brown (2nd supervisor, October 2014 -)
Peter Levens (1st supervisor, October 2013 – September 2017)
Graham Kerr (2nd supervisor, October 2012 – September 2016)
Gerrard Brown (1st supervisor, October 2011 – September 2015)

Research assistants:
Paulo Simoes (04/2014 – 12/2016)
Natasha Jeffrey (09/2014 – 09/2017)

Other responsibilities
Since August 2015 I am a member of the Committee of the Institute of Physics in Scotland.

Public engagement
Café Scientifique banner
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 like us and say “salut”!

I am also 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 will even do them in English!

Incarnations
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, Deputy Lab Head for Astronomy 1, and Lab Head of Astronomy 2.

Teaching
Past teaching responsibilities include:

  • Solar System I (Exploring the Cosmos 1X)
  • Life and Death of Stars I (Exploring the Cosmos 1Y)
  • Solar System Physics 1 (Astronomy 1)
  • Introduction to Cosmology (Astronomy 1)
  • Laboratory (Astronomy 1)
  • Theoretical Astrophysics (Astronomy 2)
  • Laboratory (Astronomy 2)
  • Laboratory (Astronomy 345)
  • Matter in the Universe (Exploring the Cosmos 2)

Research
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.


Miscellaneous
I maintain a modest compilation of useful links.

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

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, you can also take a look at the departmental webpage! Alternatively, my Curriculum Vitae (PDF) gives more details, including a full list of publications.

Dr Alec L. MacKinnon

Senior Lecturer, Centre for Open Studies

Fast particles on the Sun and elsewhere: how do we learn about them, what effects do they have, what produces them? Solar and stellar flares. Solar neutrons: detection, production, consequences. Complex systems and self-organised criticality.

Room 605 and Centre for Open Studies
School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Scotland

Email: Alexander.MacKinnon@glasgow.ac.uk
Tel: +44 141 330 7111
Fax: +44 141 330 8600

Personal homepage
(the contents of which are the responsibility of Dr Alec L. MacKinnon)

Refereed Publications

Professor Graham Woan

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Professor of Astrophysics, Group Leader, Observatory Director

The detection and measurement of astrophysical sources of gravitational radiation. Radio astronomy.

Room 609
School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ

Email: Graham.Woan@glasgow.ac.uk
Tel: +44 141 330 5897
Fax: +44 141 330 8600

Personal homepage
(the contents of which are the responsibility of Prof. Graham Woan)

Refereed Publications

Dr Euan David Bennet

Postdoctoral Researcher

I am working on aspects of Cosmic Magnetism, which covers a range of topics. At the moment I am looking at a mechanism by which electrons can be accelerated (by collapsing current densities) at recombination and provide a non-thermal component to the Cosmic Microwave Background. I will also be looking at other distribution-related effects which contribute to the CMB, with a view to determining the limits on the information we can extract from it about the primordial Universe.

Other research interests include Galaxy formation.

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

Email: ebennet@astro.gla.ac.uk

Tel: x3816
Fax: +44 141 330 8600
Refereed Publications

Dr David Graham

Postdoctoral Researcher

I have recently completed my PhD in Solar Physics supervised by Dr. Lyndsay Fletcher.

My research interests lie in the EUV spectroscopy of solar flare footpoints, using the space based instruments Hinode/EIS, SDO/EVE, and RHESSI to study the effects of heating the solar atmosphere to extreme temperatures during flares.

 

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

Email: d.graham@astro.gla.ac.uk

Tel: 0141 330 2960
Fax: +44 141 330 8600

Dr Natasha Jeffrey

I am currently a postdoctoral research assistant and I am interested in solar flare physics.
My main areas of research are:
 
  1. Solar flare UV/EUV line spectroscopy and deducing solar flare heated plasma/ion properties.
  2. Solar flare X-ray emission and deducing the properties of solar flare accelerated electrons.

Publications

Current CV

Google Citations

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

Email: natasha.jeffrey@glasgow.ac.uk

Tel: +44 141 330 0855

Dr Hamish Reid

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My research efforts are focussed towards the active Sun, in particular with flares and electron beams.  To investigate this phenomena I use multi-wavelength observational studies with a particular focus on radio and X-ray wavelengths.  I also use numerical simulations to model electron transport including the kinetic plasma processes that are involved with generating the radio emission we observe in space weather.

Room 608
School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Scotland

Email: hamish.reid@glasgow.ac.uk
Tel: +44 141 330 5388
Fax: +44 141 330 8600

Refereed Publications

Dr Paulo Simoes


Postdoctoral Researcher
My research has been mostly focused on the analysis of observational data of solar flares, investigating the properties of high-energy particles (through radio/microwave and X-rays data, and also computational simulations) and evolution of the flaring regions, mostly using ultraviolet/X-rays data. Currently, I am investigating the characteristics of the flaring chromosphere, through the analysis of multi-wavelength data, using computational flare models and evaluating the comparison of data vs. models.

Room 605
School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Scotland

Email: Paulo.Simoes@glasgow.ac.uk
Tel: +44 141 330 4502
Fax: +44 141 330 8600

Personal homepage

(the contents of which are the responsibility of Paulo Simoes)

Refereed Publications