Queen Mary is at the forefront of cosmology and planetary science. Our academics participate in a breadth of international space missions, such as Cassini mission to explore Saturn, and ground-based projects like the Large Hadron Collider, which is uncovering the origins of the universe.
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Professor Carl Murray
Professor Richard Nelson
Dr Jonathan Hays
Prof Carl Murray
I am interested in all aspects of the dynamics of planetary systems, from the orbital evolution of dust particles to the stability of planetary orbits. My research in recent years has been dominated by work on Saturn's rings and their gravitational interaction with the small natural satellites orbiting nearby. In particular I have been fascinated by Saturn's F ring as I work with colleagues to understand its bizarre appearance. I have been a member of the Imaging Science Subsystem Team on the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and I have worked on the project since I was selected in 1990.
Prof Richard Nelson
My research is focussed primarily on the theory of planet formation, with particular emphasis on understanding how planets and planetesimals interact with the protoplanetary discs within which they form, and how this interaction affects the formation and global architecture of planetary systems. Other areas of interest include the development of models to explain the current data on extrasolar planets, the dynamics of astrophysical discs, and numerical astrophysics.