Physics and Astronomy

Earth Observation Science

Dr Michael Barkley

  • Satellite trace gas retrieval algorithms
  • Global mapping of atmospheric composition and sources using satellites
  • Differential Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS)
  • Integration of field and aircraft measurements with complex models and satellite data
  • Global and regional modelling of atmospheric chemistry
  • Biogenic VOCs emissions and their impact on climate

Dr Alessandro Battaglia

  • Active and passive remote sensing of clouds and precipitation from ground-based, air-bourne and space-borne sensors
  • Design of space-borne Atmospheric Doppler Radar systems for winds, clouds and precipitation

Dr Hartmut Beosch

  • Satellite-based remote sensing of atmospheric greenhouse gases
  • Development of ground-based and aircraft instruments for greenhouse gas remote sensing
  • Design of new satellite missions for greenhouse gases

Dr Jeremy Harrison

  • Quantitative spectroscopic laboratory measurements for atmospheric remote sensing of trace gases
  • Atmospheric radiative transfer modelling
  • Monitoring trace gases in the atmosphere using satellite instruments
  • Comparisons of satellite-derived atmospheric trace-gas distributions with models
  • Atmospheric chemistry

Dr Eloise Marais

Dr Marais's projects include:

  • New remote sensing products for improved constraints on ozone formation
  • Air quality, climate and ecosystem effects of charcoal production in Africa
  • Tool for determining urban air quality and vegetation health
  • A multiplatform assessment of air pollution over the Atlantic Ocean
  • Using Google Location History to track personal exposure to air pollution
  • Health effects of fossil fuel use in Africa now and in the future

Professor John Remedios

  • Utilising Earth Observation for climate and environmental science
  • Linking surface change with atmospheric composition
  • Improving the uptake of global-scale satellite land surface temperature

Dr Joshua Vande Hey

  • Atmospheric aerosol measurement and low cost optical sensors
  • Environmental data for healthcare
  • Indoor air quality measurement and management
  • Environmentally sustainable transport

Radio and Space Plasma Physics

Professor Richard Ambrosi

  • Development of instrumentation and detector systems for planetary science and terrestrial applications
  • Exploitation of high-energy cosmic ray and solar radiation with planetary surfaces
  • Space nuclear power systems
  • Radioisotope thermoelectric generators, heater units and novel radioisotope containment systems

Dr Nigel Bannister

  • Space instrumentation development
  • Mission analysis
  • Observational astronomy
  • Technology developments for terrestrial applications

Professor Emma Bunce

  • Giant rotating magnetospheres of Jupiter and Saturn
  • Dynamic auroral emissions in the upper atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn

Dr Leigh Fletcher

  • Characterising the circulation and chemistry of giant planet atmospheres via Infrared remote sensing of atmospheric temperatures, clouds and gaseous composition
  • Spectral inversion (retrievals) techniques to derive atmospheric parameters from imaging and spectroscopy
  • Ground-based planetary observations of giant planet atmospheres
  • Diversity of giant extrasolar planets via direct imaging and exoplanet transit spectroscopy
  • Reflectance spectroscopy of the Galilean satellites
  • Design and implementation of future missions to the outer solar system (particularly ESA's JUICE mission and future missions to the ice giants)

Dr Ian Hutchinson

  • Raman spectroscopic instrumentation for space missions

Dr Suzanne Imber

  • In situ spacecraft measurements of magnetic field and plasma data
  • Ground-based radar measurements of the ionospheric plasma velocity using the SuperDARN radar network
  • Images of the auroral ovals taken from polar orbiting spacecraft

Professor Mark Lester

  • Ground-based radar measurements of Earth’s ionosphere
  • Mars’ ionosphere and solar wind interactions

Professor Steve Milan

  • Magnetospheric and ionospheric physics within the solar system
  • Solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling
  • Coordinated ground- and space-based studies of the aurora
  • Solar wind transients and imaging the inner heliosphere.

Dr Jonathan Nichols

  • UV observations of the auroras (‘northern lights’) of Jupiter and Saturn
  • Modelling of the magnetospheres of gas giants
  • Jupiter’s moon Ganymede, exoplanets and brown dwarfs

Dr Tom Stallard

  • Infrared ground-based and satellite imaging and spectroscopy of the Giant Planets
  • Planetary aurora
  • Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-thermosphere coupling

Dr Darren Wright

  • Dynamics of the terrestrial magnetosphere, ionosphere and ring current during geomagnetic storms
  • Ionospheric plasma flows and the high energisation of ring current plasma
  • Heavy ion outflow from the upper atmosphere resulting from various geomagnetic conditions

Professor Tim Yeoman

  • ULF waves
  • Solar wind-magnetosphere coupling
  • Magnetospheric substorms

Space Science and Instrumentation

Professor John Bridges

  • Early Solar System processes
  • Origin of asteroids and comets
  • Evolution of Mars
  • Surface of planetary bodies, particularly the evolution of the Mars surface and climate

Professor Jon Lapington

  • Optical physics
  • UV and X-ray photon and particle counting detectors for high-speed imaging
  • Photon-counting applications in space science and astronomy

Professor Mark Sims

  • Astrobiology
  • Novel uses of instrumentation and technology to address science problems.
  • Space instrumentation development
  • Advanced instrumentation for diagnosis in medicine

Theoretical Astrophysics

Dr Richard Alexander

  • Star formation
  • Super-massive black hole growth
  • Planet formation

Professor Walter Dehnen

  • Astrophysical and numerical N-body simulations


Professor Andrew King

  • Accretion disc structure
  • Binary stellar evolution
  • Galaxy evolution

Professor Sergei Nayakshin

  • Planetary/Stellar formation modelling
  • Active Galactic Nuclei
  • X-ray observations

Dr Chris Nixon

  • Astrophysical fluid dynamics, from black hole accretion to planet formation
  • Disc dynamics
  • Tidal field of a black hole

Dr Mark Wilkinson

  • Galaxy formation
  • Properties of dark matter using observations of the satellite galaxies which orbit the Milky Way
  • Dynamical models of the Milky Way

Dr Graham Wynn

  • Accretion disk formation

X-Ray and Observational Astronomy

Dr James Aird

  • Statistical studies of large X-ray and multiwavelength surveys used to track the co-evolution of AGN and galaxies.
  • The evolution of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) and their co-evolution with galaxies
  • Statistical studies using large X-ray and multiwavelength surveys
  • The Athena X-ray observatory

Professor Martin Barstow

  • White dwarfs
  • Sirius-type binaries
  • Interstellar medium
  • Stellar atmosphere modelling

Professor Andrew Blain

  • Formation and evolution of galaxies
  • Complete luminosity of galaxies
  • Use and details of gravitational lensing, again focussed mainly on its effects on infrared sources.
  • Investigating the nature of the ultra luminous galaxies

Dr Matt Burleigh

  • Search for planets and brown dwarfs
  • White dwarfs

Dr Sarah Casewell

  • White and brown dwarfs

Dr Mike Goad

  • X-ray astronomy
  • Active Galactic Nuclei

Professor Jon Lapington

  • Detector physics
  • Space instrumentation
  • Picosecond photon timing
  • Astroparticle physics

Professor Paul O'Brien

  • Investigating compact objects in the universe
  • Black holes in Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN)
  • Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRB) at all wavelengths across a wide range in redshift
  • Sources of gravitational waves

Professor Julian Osborne

  • Observations of gamma-ray burst
  • Using wide-angle survey telescopes to find new planets and monitor the variable sky
  • Cataclysmic variables

Dr Mervyn Roy

  • Quantum dots
  • Scanning tunnelling microscopy
  • Electronic structure of semiconductor nanostructures.
  • Graphene photodetectors

Dr Rhaana Starling

  • Gamma-ray bursts
  • Active galaxies, powered by supermassive black holes
  • High energy (X-ray and gamma-ray) transient sky

Professor Nial Tanvir

  • Gravitational wave sources
  • Gamma-ray bursts
  • Galaxy evolution and reionization

Dr Simon Vaughan

  • Active galactic nuclei (AGN)
  • Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) and black hole X-ray binaries in our Galaxy
  • Probes of strong gravity, time series astronomy, Bayesian data analysis in astronomy, and dust-scattering from GRBs
  • Astrostatistics, especially time series analysis