Academic Staff

Head of Astronomy and Planetary Science Group, Professor of Astronomy

Main area of research include: the origin of stars, astrophysical jets & outflows, shock waves, wide-field astronomy and molecular hydrogen.

Head of School, Professor of Molecular Physics

My research may be broadly classified as ‘Molecular Physics’ which encompasses several interdisciplinary themes: astrophysics & astrochemistry, environmental and atmospheric physics, plasma physics and nanolithography and next generation radiotherapy.

Dean of Sciences, Professor of Space Science

Hypervelocity impacts on rock, sand, ices, and water to simulate impact events in the Solar System. Cratering, survival of projectile material, catastrophic disruption of targets are all studied. Survival against shock of material of astrobiological interest is also relevant.

Professor of Astronomy and Planetary Science

My research programme focuses on observations of Small Solar System Bodies (SSSBs), with particular emphasis on Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs), and comets, including Main Belt Comets (MBCs). This field is of particular importance as these bodies are the only surviving remnants of the formation era of our Solar System, and several space missions have been launched to these bodies to help answer fundamental questions regarding their nature.

Senior Lecturer in Astronomy/Astrophysics

My main research areas are young protostars and their outflows, structure and properties of molecular clouds and the formation and evolution of star clusters, as well as the variability of young stars.

Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Astrophysics

My current research interest is on the formation mechanisms for filamentary structures over different scales and in a variety of physical environment, such as turbulence and magnetic field. I am also interested in how stellar feedback affects the surrounding environment.

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Senior Lecturer in Space Science

My research is in the area of hypervelocity impacts, which are ubiquitous throughout the Solar System. My main areas of interest are: Shock synthesis of organics and analysis of impact light flashes.

Lecturer in Space Science

My research interests include studying hypervelocity impacts in the laboratory, studying surfaces returned from low Earth orbit, investigating early solar system formation and evolution through the study of samples form comets and asteroids and investigating new methods for collecting extraterrestrial dust on Earth.

Lecturer in Physics and Astrophysics

My primary research interest is in the area of massive star formation; this is an area that underpins many fields in astrophysics and provides an opportunity to link star formation with the large-scale structure of the Milky Way and obtain a better understanding of star formation in the nearby Universe.

Research Staff

Advanced IT Support and Physics Admissions Officer

Interests in computational astrophysics, especially hydrodynamic simulation and radiative transfer. Especially in relation to debris disks (my MSc research) and hydrodynamic behaviour in HII regions.

Research Associate

My research interest include: 1) Physical properties of near-Earth asteroids (from optical, thermal-IR and radar observations); 2) Direct detection and modelling of the asteroidal YORP effect; 3) Solar System dynamics and evolution; and 4) Machine learning applications in asteroid shape modelling.

Research Associate

My interests focus on: 1) shock synthesis of geological minerals, and assemblages of minerals, as the result of high shock impact events; 2) the formation of regolith as a result of meteorite bombardment; 3) the mechanics of impact cratering on the surface of icy moons and bodies, such as Europa; and 4) the melting and mixing of planetary surface material and projectile material during impacts.

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Experimental Officer

PhD Students

PhD Student

My research focuses on the evaluation of micrometeorites collected from the Kwajalein atoll and the British Antarctic Survey Halley 6 station, in order to calculate flux of micrometeorites.

PhD Student

I am studying filamentary structure formation as these have been shown to be ubiquitous throughout the interstellar medium by the Herschel Satellite. I use numerical simulations to test and model various scenarios to try and understand how these structures form and evolve.

PhD Student

My primary research interest lies in the evolutionary stages of massive star formation. Massive stars play a fundamental role in many areas of astrophysics, and have a profound impact on their local environments and parent clouds, along with the Galactic interstellar medium as a whole. My focus is on how these objects form and the affect they have on their surrounding environments.

PhD Student

My primary focus is investigating stellar bubbles and HII regions using statistical shape analysis. HII regions are diffuse nebulae of hot, ionised hydrogen around massive stars. They highlight areas of massive star formation and show how different phases of the interstellar medium interact.

PhD Student

The main focus of my research relates to the ejecta from the cryovolcanoes of Enceladus, a moon of Saturn. My research investigates the survivability of salts and brines, similar to those which have been detected, following hypervelocity impacts.

PhD Student

My primary research interest lies in the formation of stars. The mainstay of my research to date has focused on one of the most peculiar aspects of the star formation process; the production of jets and outflows. Outflows are inextricably linked to the process of accretion, and can be found across all mass ranges, from tiny brown dwarf stars to active galaxies.

PhD Student

My research focuses on modelling Proto -Planetary Nebula (PPN) emissions with a molecular code. PPN’s are one of the main dust producers along with AGN's, being a plausible source for H2 formation and molecular emission and are included in the evolutionary phase of medium-mass stars life cycle.

PhD Student

My research interests are focused on asteroids and their physical characterisation, specifically the Yarkovsky-O’Keefe-Radzievskii-Paddack (YORP) effect. The YORP effect is a non-gravitational rotational torque that alters the spin-state of asteroids, it is caused by both incident Solar pressure and the recoil from emission of thermal photons.

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PhD Student

Research interest is laboratory hypervelocity impacts; specifically spacecraft protection from space debris and using Raman spectroscopy to investigate simulated impacts on the Martian surface.

Visiting, Honorary and Emeritus

Visiting Researcher (Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Nice)

My scientific interests involve hypervelocity impacts, asteroids(and meteors) and the combination of both. The study involves impacts in small scales to understand the contamination of asteroid surfaces with exogenous material and also the asteroid families which are products of large scale catastrophic collisions.

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Visiting Professor

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

My current focus is on cross-disciplinary work with Arts and Humanities faculties at UKC, following on from the interdepartmental links nurtured during 2011 when I held a Leverhulme award as Writer & Artist in Residence at CAPS. The influence of the cognitive sciences (particularly linguistics, psychology, and the neurosciences) on creative practice is shared in the work both of CAPS and the School of English. Regular seminar contributions have introduced CAPS members to questions of epistemology and ontology, and most recently the notion of ‘image schemas’ as they impact scientific understanding and communication.

Visiting Researcher (University of California, Berkeley)

James is an applied/experimental physicist with a focus on hypervelocity impact physics. His research concentrates on the design of spacecraft detectors - ranging from orbital debris and micrometeoroids detectors in LEO to organic analysers searching for life on Enceladus. James has previously worked on the NASA Space Debris Sensor (SDS).