Dr Catherine Ramsbottom


Dr Ramsbottom has worked on the calculation of atomic data of relevance to astrophysics for over 20 years, and previously held a PPARC Advanced Fellowship.  She has a recognised international reputation in the field and is now leading the research programme on the calculation of complex (open d-shell) atomic data for astrophysics with the new state-of-the-art R-Matrix codes on massively parallel supercomputers around the world.

Her research has attracted funding from a number of sources including the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council, the European Union and the Leverhulme Trust.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Atomic data generati0on for use in astrophysics, plasma physics and fusion
  • Atomic data for the lowly ionised Fe-peak elements
  • Heavy species relevant for fusion research applications
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Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

School of Mathematics and Pyhsics 

Research students

PhD title: Dirac R-matrix photoionisation calculations in support of astrophysical spectral diagnostics 

Name: Nicole Dunleavy
Years of Study: 2018 - 2021
Country: Northern Ireland

PhD title: Photoionisation cross sections for important Fe-peak species.

Name: Andrew Conroy
Years of Study: 2017 - 2020
Country: Northern Ireland


PhD title: Fe II emission as a chronometer for high red shift quasars

Name: Ryan Smyth
Years of Study: 2016 - 2019
Country: Northern Ireland

Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Michael Turkington

PhD Title: Heavy Species R-Matrix Calculations in Support of Fusion Diagnostics

Years of Study: 2014 - 2017
Country: Northern Ireland
Current position: Temporary Lecturer in Stranmillis College Belfast

Dr Niall Tyndall

PhD title: A detailed study of important atomic collision processes for the analysis of astrophysical plasmas

Years of Study: 2013 - 2016
Country: Northern Ireland
Current position: Data, analyst, Cyberlytic I Intelligent Web Application Security 

Dr Stefan Spencer

PhD title: W XLV Structural and Collisional Atomic Data Generation for Fusion

Years of Study: 2013 - 2016
Country: UK
Current position: Teacher training

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