Research Interests.

Stellar Magnetohydrodynamics - this research is for my PhD, and involves examining the origin and evolution of flares on the surface of stars, and the magnetohydrodynamic behaviour of plasma flux tubes.

The Hidden Variable Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics - I have retained an interest in Hidden variable theories as developed by the late Professor David Bohm, since my undergraduate days, and when time permits, have been developing causal quantum mechanics simulations both mathematically and computationally in C, C++ and more recently Java.

Quantum Vacuum Fluctuations - I am extremely interested in this fascinating area of Physics, and again, where time permits, I have been nibbling at the edges of this field, using my knowledge of magneto -hydrodynamics and quantum mechanics to investigate possible energy extraction using the Casimir pinch effect on a plasma.

Planetary Physics - related to the study of the Martian surface (especially permafrost deposits), and asteroids (mineral extraction and methods of conducting manned missions to establish outposts). This is ongoing, and will probably always be an area I will be working on, due to my abiding interest in Mars and asteroids.

Waverider Aerospaceplanes - Design, simulation, construction and flight testing of small scale waverider aerospaceplanes - again, an area I look at when time permits.

Advanced Spacecraft Propulsion Systems - e.g. solar sail, electric propulsion, beamed propulsion, antimatter (especially magnetic containment techniques and distribution systems), zero point energy and quantum tunneling drives - I can't remember a time when I wasn't trying to design spacecraft propulsion systems - something that my collection of napkins and beer mats will attest to.

Nanotechnology - applications of nanotechnology which could be utilised in space technology (such as construction of sub-surface bases, terraforming)

Renewable Energy - Wind Power, Solar Energy applications, micro-hydro and other water based renewable energy sources. This is an area I have been interested in since the late 1980's.


Phobos-2 Mars Spacecraft : VNIIKAM, Russia - examining thermal anomalies and plume formations in the Hesperia Planum region of Mars, to develop a physical model of the processes observed, using data from the Phobos-2 spacecraft.

Tiger 3.1 / EOS : NERC / NASA - development of radiance models for use in a ray-tracing model for albedo simulations.

BIOKIT - EuroMIR 95 : ESA - Test / documentation engineer developing a test schedule for the BIOKIT payload.

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