Former Research Student
Robert is a third year PhD student working in the Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science Group studying Solar activity and its impact on the Earth.
He graduated with an MPhys (Hons) Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology from Lancaster University in 2009.
Robert's research has focused on solar activity and its potential impact on human technology:
i) Development of a simple model designed to simulate lightcurves for realistitic star spot configurations on distant stars. Star spots are a proxy of stellar activity, the analysis of activity levels on other stars can place the future activity of the Sun into a wider context.
ii) Using magnetometer data from the SuperMAG collaboration, carried out statistical analysis during arrival, at Earth of Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections (ICMEs). Research has focused on local time dependencies on pattern of magnetic variations at ground level. These rapid variations in the strength of the magnetic field can drive currents in man-made systems (such as power cables or pipelines) and can lead to damage.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Poster