School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

Staff Profile

Dr Christopher Hales

Visiting Lecturer

Background

I am a Visiting Lecturer based at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in New Mexico, USA.

My main research interests are the exploration of magnetic fields in the tenuous depths of interstellar and intergalactic space, and the development of statistical techniques and theory for interpreting observations of cosmic magnetism. I am an expert radio astronomer. I am part of the design team for the Next Generation Very Large Array radio telescope.

I am available to co-supervise Newcastle-based PhD students, particularly those interested in combining observational research with theory and simulations. This will include periods of travel to work with me at NRAO. Please contact me for further information about projects.

Public Outreach

Previous Positions

  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Newcastle University, UK (2017-2018)
  • Assistant Scientist, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, USA (2016)
  • Jansky Fellow, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, USA (2013-2015)
  • Postgraduate Teaching Fellow, University of Sydney, Australia (2009-2011)
  • Satellite Support Engineer, Optus, Australia (2007-2008)

Qualifications

  • PhD Astrophysics, University of Sydney, Australia (2013)
  • BSc Physics, University of Sydney, Australia (2008, Hon I)
  • BE Aerospace, UNSW, Australia (2005, University Medal & Hon I)

Memberships

  • Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)
  • European Astronomical Society (EAS)
  • American Astronomical Society (AAS)
  • Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA)

Health & Safety Qualifications

Research

Research Interests

  • Magnetic fields in interstellar and intergalactic space (sub-parsec to cosmic scales)
  • Radio astronomy
  • Galaxy evolution
  • Cosmology
  • Statistics
  • Data and image analysis software

Other Interests

  • Interdisciplinary research (e.g. medical imaging)
  • Psychology and mental health

Large Collaborations

Articles

Software

Teaching

I am available to co-supervise Newcastle-based PhD students, particularly those interested in combining observational research with theory and simulations. This will include periods of travel to work with me at NRAO in New Mexico USA. Please contact me for further information about projects.

Current Students

  • Agustina Blanco (undergraduate, UNLP Argentina), 2019, Undergraduate Research Project

Previous Students

  • Michael Lee (undergraduate, Newcastle UK), 2018, PHY3027 BSc Individual Research Project
  • Nathan Stephenson (undergraduate, Newcastle UK), 2018, Summer Research Project
  • Amit Seta (PhD candidate, Newcastle UK), 2017, Applied Mathematics PhD Reading Module
  • Kelsey Lund (undergraduate, NRAO USA), 2016, NAC Summer Research Project

Previous Lecturing

  • MAS2602 Computing for Mathematics and Statistics (Newcastle UK), 2017, portion of course on algorithm complexity

Publications