Yet more grant success at CTAMOP

Last updated May 30, 2017 by Andrew Brown

CTAMOP members Dr Catherine Ramsbottom and Dr Connor Ballance’s contributions to astrophysics research have been recognised and awarded with two funded projects under a consolidated grant from the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC).

The first project, in collaboration with Prof. Francis Keenan (ARC) and Prof. Gary Ferland from the University of Kentucky is entitled with ‘Integrating Atomic data for astrophysical applications: quasers, supernovae and other spectra’. It is expected that a new PDRA will be added to the group to assist with this project.

The second project titled “Modelling the cores of thermonuclear supernova to identify their explosion mechanisms” with collaborator Dr Stuart Sim (ARC) involves generating the atomic collisional data that underpins the production of synthetic spectra which shall be compared with supernovae observations, up to one year post-explosion.

The panel noted that “QUB also has a long-standing international reputation in atomic physics and this connects well with the expansion of research into supernovae physics and related topics”.


We are a Research Cluster of the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. Our research interests are focused primarily on computational and theoretical physics.

Old Physics Building

The Old Physics Building,
where CTAMOP is situated.