Dr Craig Stark

Lecturer

School School of Design and Informatics

Department Division of Games Technology and Mathematics

Contact info

+44 (0)1382 30 8203

Biography

Simulating the dusty atmospheres of brown dwarfs and exoplanets; the energetic magnetospheres of pulsars; and the solar corona: these are some of my research interests as an Applied Mathematician working within the field of astrophysics; and, plasma physics theory and modelling.

After gaining a first-class MSc in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow I went on to do a PhD in Plasma Astrophysics.

Prior becoming a lecturer at Abertay, I was a Research Fellow within the Astronomy Group at the University of St Andrews and formerly the Solar and Magnetospheric Group.

Career History

Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, Abertay University, present.

Research Fellow, Astronomy Group, University of St Andrews, 01/03/12 to 31/07/15.

Research Fellow, Solar and Magnetospheric Group, University of St Andrews, 01/07/08 to 29/02/12.

Research Consultant, The Open University, 01/01/08 to 30/04/08.

Ph.D. in Plasma Astrophysics, University of Glasgow, 01/10/04 to 01/07/08.
TITLE:      Plasma Processes in Pulsar Environments    Supervisor: Dr Declan A. Diver.

1st CLASS M.Sci. Hons, PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY, University of Glasgow, 10/2000 to 10/2004.

MAT102 - Computer Game Applications Development 1 (Lecturer, Module Leader)

MAT202 - Computer Game Applications Development 2 (Lecturer, Module Leader)

MAT201 - Applied Mathematics 2: Dynamics (Lecturer)

MAT401 - Applied Mathematics 4 (Lecturer, Module Leader)

Interests

I am an Applied Mathematician working broadly within the field of theoretical plasma physics and the modelling of plasma phenomena in a variety of contexts.  My research interests include modelling and simulating the dusty atmopsheres of brown dwarfs and exoplanets; the energetic magnetospheres of pulsars; and the solar corona.

2017

Dust cloud evolution in sub-stellar atmospheres via plasma deposition and plasma sputtering

Stark, C. R. & Diver, D. A. (2017) Dust cloud evolution in sub-stellar atmospheres via plasma deposition and plasma sputtering. . . .
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2016

A LOFAR mini-survey for low-frequency radio emission from the nearest brown dwarfs

Burningham, B., Hardcastle, M., Nichols, J. D., Casewell, S. L., Littlefair, S. P., Stark, C. R., Burleigh, M. R., Metchev, S., Tannock, M. E., van Weeren, R. J., Williams, W. L. & Wynn, G. A. (2016) A LOFAR mini-survey for low-frequency radio emission from the nearest brown dwarfs. . . p. 2202–2209. .
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2015

Reference study to characterize plasma and magnetic properties of ultracool atmospheres

Rodriguez-Barrera, M. I., Helling, C., Stark, C. R. & Rice, A. M. (2015) Reference study to characterize plasma and magnetic properties of ultracool atmospheres. . . p. 3977-3995. .
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Inhomogeneous cloud coverage through the Coulomb explosion of dust in substellar atmospheres

Stark, C. R., Helling, C. & Diver, D. A. (2015) Inhomogeneous cloud coverage through the Coulomb explosion of dust in substellar atmospheres. . . .
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Particle-in-cell simulations of collisionless magnetic reconnection with a non-uniform guide field

Wilson, F., Neukirch, T., Hesse, M., Harrison, M. G. & Stark, C. R. (2015) Particle-in-cell simulations of collisionless magnetic reconnection with a non-uniform guide field. . . .
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Ionisation and discharge in cloud-forming atmospheres of brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets

Helling, C., Rimmer, P. B., Rodriguez-Barrerea, I. M., Wood, K., Robertson, G. B. & Stark, C. R. (2015) Ionisation and discharge in cloud-forming atmospheres of brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets. . . .
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The first millimeter detection of a non-accreting ultracool dwarf

Williams, P. K. G., Casewell, S. L., Stark, C. R., Littlefair, S. P., Helling, C. & Berger, E. (2015) The first millimeter detection of a non-accreting ultracool dwarf. . . .
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2014

Jupiter as a giant cosmic ray detector

Rimmer, P. B., Stark, C. R. & Helling, C. (2014) Jupiter as a giant cosmic ray detector. . . .
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2013

Ionization in atmospheres of brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets VI

Bailey, R. L., Helling, C., Hodosán, G., Bilger, C. & Stark, C. R. (2013) Ionization in atmospheres of brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets VI. . . .
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Ionization in atmospheres of brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets. V. Alfvén Ionization

Stark, C. R., Helling, C., Diver, D. A. & Rimmer, P. B. (2013) Ionization in atmospheres of brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets. V. Alfvén Ionization. . . .
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Electrostatic activation of prebiotic chemistry in substellar atmospheres

Stark, C. R., Helling, C., Diver, D. A. & Rimmer, P. B. (2013) Electrostatic activation of prebiotic chemistry in substellar atmospheres. . . p. 165-172. .
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2012

Clouds in brown dwarfs and giant planets

Metchev, S., Apai, D., Radigan, J., Artigau, E., Heinze, A., Helling, C., Homeier, D., Littlefair, S., Morley, C., Skemer, A. & Stark, C. (2012) Clouds in brown dwarfs and giant planets. . . p. 40-43. .
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Ionization in atmospheres of brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets III. Breakdown conditions for mineral clouds

Helling, C., Jardine, M., Stark, C. R. & Diver, D. (2012) Ionization in atmospheres of brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets III. Breakdown conditions for mineral clouds. . . .
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2011

Contributions to the magnetospheric parallel electric field

Stark, C. R., Cran-McGreehin, A. P. & Wright, A. N. (2011) Contributions to the magnetospheric parallel electric field. . . .
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Collisionless distribution function for the relativistic force-free Harris sheet

Stark, C. R. & Neukirch, T. (2011) Collisionless distribution function for the relativistic force-free Harris sheet. . . .
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Pulsar electrodynamics: relativistic kinetic theory of radiative plasmas

da Costa, A. A., Diver, D. A., Laing, E. W., Stark, C. R. & Teodoro, L. F. A. (2011) Pulsar electrodynamics: relativistic kinetic theory of radiative plasmas. . . .
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2009

On the surface extraction of electrons in a pulsar

Diver, D. A., da Costa, A. A., Laing, E. W., Stark, C. R. & Teodoro, L. F. A. (2009) On the surface extraction of electrons in a pulsar. . . p. 613-620. .
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2007

Nonlinear mode coupling in pair plasmas

Stark, C. R., Diver, D. A., da Costa, A. A. & Laing, E. W. (2007) Nonlinear mode coupling in pair plasmas. . . p. 17-30. .
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2006

Elliptical dust growth in astrophysical plasmas

Stark, C. R., Potts, H. E. & Diver, D. A. (2006) Elliptical dust growth in astrophysical plasmas. . . p. 365-370. .
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Funding

Royal Society Research Grant, "The evolution of dust clouds in the electrified and magnetized atmospheres of brown dwarfs and exoplanets", £7275, Apr. 2017 for 12 months.

Esteem

Esteem

Royal Society Research Grant, "The evolution of dust clouds in the electrified and magnetized atmospheres of brown dwarfs and exoplanets", £7275, Apr. 2017 for 12 months.

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