Dr. Carole A. Haswell|
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| The Open University, |
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Carole Haswell's Home Page
I am a
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy
within the Science Faculty,
at the Open University.
I am a member of the CEPSAR Research Centre.
Recently, I have become involved with the
project which aims to find rocky planets around cool stars.
I do research in Astrophysics .
My main focus is on exoplanets: planets
orbiting around stars other than the Sun.
My work concentrates on transiting exoplanets.
I have worked on the
project for a number of years.
A fairly complete listing of my research publications, including most conference and other
abstracts, is available
The astro-ph archive
is the best place to find publications currently in press
I have two current PhD students:
Andrew Carter and Stefan Holmes .
I have an STFC-funded postdoc, Luca Fossati. We are working on Hubble Space Telescope Observations of transiting exoplanets.
My former Leverhulme Trust
Sylvain Chaty, has a permanent academic position at Saclay (France). Much of
our work focused on microquasars.
My former postdoc Will Clarkson is now at UCLA. We continue to work together on transiting exoplanets.
My former postgraduate students are:
(PhD, OU 1999. RAS Penston Prize runner-up.) Rob went on to a
Hubble Fellowship at
the University of Texas at Austin and has a faculty position in astrophysics at Louisiana State University.
Catherine Brocksopp who worked with Rob Fender for her PhD (OU 2000). She is now an astrophysics
research scientist at Mullard Space Science Laboratory. |
| Dan Rolfe (PhD, OU 2001) went on to a
PPARC-funded postdoc in the Leicester Astrophysics Theory group
He is now working on medical imaging research at Daresbury.
| Craig Powell (PhD, OU 2004) went on to a postdoc in biophysics at the university of Manchester. |
| Dave Lott (PhD, OU 2005)
worked on the wide area variable survey project initiated by
Tim Abbott of
CTIO. Dave used data from CFHT . He left research for accountancy after gaining his PhD.|
| Ben Eves (PhD, OU 2005) worked on
magnetic reconnective processes in solar flares, flare stars, and
accretion discs. He is now a physics teacher in a secondary school, and has an excellent scary face. |
| Steve Foulkes (PhD, OU 2007), a part time student, worked with me and
James Murray at Swinburne (Australia) on
numerical simulations of accretion discs around black holes. He continues to work with me and is a visiting research fellow here at the OU. |
|Becky Enoch (PhD, OU 2008) worked on
transiting exoplanets, and is now a postdoctoral researcher at St Andrews University.
| Joel Silber (MSc, Distinction, Sussex, 1998) began a PhD at Hertfordshire, but has since been tempted back into the world of realistic salaries. He is currently working for McAffee on their anti-virus
Andrew D.C. Williams, (MSc, Sussex, 1999). I don't know
what Andrew did after the MSc. Please let me know if you do.
I was an undergraduate at University College, Oxford where I took a BA in Physics.
I started my astrophysics career as a postgraduate student at the
University of Texas Astronomy Department in Austin, Texas. My thesis advisors were Toshi Tajima (Masters)
and E.L. "Rob" Robinson (PhD).
I spent two years at the Space Telescope Science Institute
as part of Keith Horne's
"vibrant self-stimulating group"
I was a postdoc and associate research scientist in the Department of Astronomy at Columbia
University in NYC, where I worked with Joe Patterson, and taught my first lecture course at Barnard College.
My first permanent academic position was in the Astronomy Centre at the University of Sussex.
I joined the OU on 1 April 1999.
Readers with excellent background knowledge will note that each
move since 1985 has taken me closer to my spiritual home .
My teaching activities are currently (or recently) with the following courses:
S382 Astrophysics a 3rd level astrophysics
course, being presented for the first time in 2010.
- SXR208 An observational astronomy residential school on Mallorca.
S381 The Energetic Universe a 3rd level astrophysics
course, had its first presentation in 2002.
Most of the students enjoyed the course,
which covers the life and death of stars, interacting binary stars,
and active galaxies.
S207 The Physical World is the new 2nd level 60 CATS pt
Physics Course. I wrote parts of books 5 and 6, and had lots
of fun designing multimedia questions for these books.
S207 had its first presentation in 2000.
Since becoming a parent I have no hobbies!
Links of General Interest
Astronomy Student Bloopers collected by Prof Bill Keel at the University of Alabama. All teachers need inspiration at times: "When the sun goes down, darkness illuminates the sky..."
Britney's guide to Semiconductor Physics
This page is "maintained" by :
Carole Haswell, (e-mail me at
C.A.Haswell@nospam.open.ac.uk removing nospam)
Last modified : 10-Mar-2010