Dr Craig Stark

Lecturer

School School of Design and Informatics

Department Division of Computing and Maths

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)

 

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.

A LOFAR mini-survey for low-frequency radio emission from the nearest brown dwarfs
B. Burningham, M. Hardcastle, J. D. Nichols, S. L. Casewell, S. P. Littlefair, C. R. Stark, M. R. Burleigh, S. Metchev, M. E. Tannock, R. J. van Weeren, W. L. Williams, G. A. Wynn
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 463, 2, 2202, 2016.

Ionisation and discharge in cloud-forming atmospheres of brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets
Ch. Helling, P. B. Rimmer, I. M. Rodriguez-Barrera, K. Wood, G. B. Robertson, C.R. Stark
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 58, 7 074003, 2016.

Particle-in-cell simulations of collisionless magnetic reconnection with non-uniform guide field
F. Wilson, T. Neukirch, M. Hesse, M. G. Harrison, C. R. Stark
Physics of Plasmas, 23, 032302, 2016.

The first millimeter detection of a non-accreting ultracool dwarf
P. K. G. Williams, S. L. Casewell, C. R. Stark, S. P. Littlefair, Ch. Helling, E. Berger
Astrophysical Journal, 815, 64, 2015.

Reference study to characterize plasma and magnetic properties of ultracool atmospheres
M. I. Rodriguez-Barrera, Ch. Helling, C. R. Stark, A. M. Rice
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 454, 4, 3977, 2015

Inhomogeneous cloud coverage through the Coulomb explosion of dust in substellar atmospheres
C. R. Stark, Ch. Helling, D. A. Diver
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 579, A41, 2015.

Jupiter as a Giant Cosmic Ray Detector
P. B. Rimmer, C. R. Stark, Ch. Helling
The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 787, Issue 2, L25, 2014

Electrostatic activation of prebiotic chemistry in substellar atmopsheres
C. R. Stark, Ch. Helling, D. A. Diver, P. B. Rimmer
International Journal of Astrobiology, Volume 13, Special Issue 02, 2014, pp. 165-172.

Ionization in Atmospheres of Brown Dwarfs and Extrasolar Planets. VI. Properties of large-scale discharge events
R. Bailey, Ch. Helling, G. Hodosan, C. Bilger, C. R. Stark
The Astrophysical Journal, 784, 43, 2014.

Ionization in Atmospheres of Brown Dwarfs and Extrasolar Planets. V. Alfven Ionization
C. R. Stark, Ch. Helling, D. A. Diver, P. B. Rimmer
The Astrophysical Journal, 776, 11, 2013.

Ionization in Atmospheres of Brown Dwarfs and Extrasolar Planets. III. Breakdown Conditions for Mineral Clouds
Ch. Helling, M. Jardine, C. R. Stark, D. A. Diver
The Astrophysical Journal, 767, 136, 2013

Collisionless distribution function for the relativistic force-free Harris sheet
C. R. Stark and T. Neukirch
Physics of Plasmas, Volume 19, Issue 1, 2012, pp. 012115-012115-7

Contributions to the magnetospheric parallel electric field
C. R. Stark, A. N. Wright and A. P. Cran-McGreehin
Journal of Geophysical Research, Volume 116, A07216, 2011

Pulsar electrodynamics: relativistic kinetic theory of radiative plasmas - collective phenomena and their radiation
A. A. da Costa, D. A. Diver, E. W. Laing, C. R. Stark, L. F. A. Teodoro
Physical Review D, 38, 023013, 2011

On the surface extraction of electrons in a pulsar
D. A. Diver, A. A. da Costa, E. W. Laing, C. R. Stark, L. F. A. Teodoro
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 401, Issue 1, 2010, pp. 613-620

Nonlinear mode coupling in pair plasmas
C. R. Stark, D. A. Diver, A. A. da Costa, E. W. Laing
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 476, Issue 1, December II 2007, pp.17-30

Elliptical dust growth in astrophysical plasmas
C. R. Stark, H. E. Potts, D. A. Diver
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 457, Issue 2, October II 2006, pp.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.

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