Broad area : Theoretical and computational atomic physics. Penny Scott is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (CTAMOP). She was appointed to a lectureship in 1998, prior to which she held a Senior Research Officer position, working part-time to facilitate the needs of a young family.
She is particularly interested in electron collisions with atoms and ions at intermediate energies, including electron impact excitation and ionization, and has been involved in the theoretical and computational development of the intermediate energy R-matrix method (IERM); the novel 2-dimensional R-matrix propagator program, 2DRMP; and the application of the R-matrix with pseudo-states method (RMPS) to study electron impact ionization of many-electron atoms and ions. She is also interested in the area of Atomic Physics for Astrophysics, and her work here has focused on the application of the parallel R-matrix codes, PRMAT, to study electron impact excitation from the astrophysically important iron peak elements.
She was a co-awardee of the HPC prize for Machine Utilization, awarded by the UK Research Councils’ HEC Strategy Committee in 2006, for work in connection with the 2DRMP project. She was a member of the Local Organizing Committee for the Highly Charged Ions (HCI) conference (Belfast 2006), a co-editor of its proceedings, and is a member of the Local Organizing Committee of XXVII ICPEAC (to be held in Belfast, 2011). She is a member of the working group of the Collaborative Computational Project No 2 (CCP2), and is a member of the international Iron Project. International invited talks have included ICPEAC and related satellite meetings.