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 Eduard Kontar

Reader

Solar Physics, Plasma Physics, Space Physics, Inverse Problems

Room 615
School of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Scotland

Email: Eduard.Kontar@glasgow.ac.uk
Tel: +44 141 330 2499
Fax: +44 141 330 8600

Personal homepage
(the contents of which are the responsibility of Dr Eduard Kontar)

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 Nicolas Bian

Postdoctoral Researcher

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

Email: Nicolas.Bian@glasgow.ac.uk
Tel: x3816
Fax: +44 141 330 8600

Refereed Publications


Dr Ewan Dickson

I am doing a postdoc in Solar Physics, looking at particle acceleration in solar flares with RHESSI. My Supervisors are Dr Lyndsay Fletcher and Dr Eduard Kontar.

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

Email: e.dickson@astro.gla.ac.uk

Tel: +44 141 330 2960
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


Dr Alasdair Wilson

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I am a postdoctoral research associate primarily interested in the theoretical and numerical modeling of both laboratory and astrophysical plasmas. In particular my past work has involved low temperature, partially ionized plasmas.

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

Email: Alasdair.Wilson@glasgow.ac.uk

Tel: +44 141 330 3816