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Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

I currently study the effect of ultra-low frequency (ULF) magnetospheric plasma waves on the Earth’s radiation belts, creating empirical models to characterise these waves and investigating the theory determining their interaction with radiation belt electrons. My two long-term goals relate to our understanding of these waves and their effects, and also to developing mathematical techniques to address some of the data analysis difficulties specific to space
physics (correlation, causality, observation sparsity). Together, these two goals represent some the current limits to space weather forecasting.

Key Publications

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  • Pro-L* - A Probabilistic L* mapping tool for ground observations, Thompson, R., Morley, S., Watt, C., Bentley, S., Williams, P. 20 Feb 2021, In: Space Weather
  • The implications of temporal variability in wave‐particle interactions in Earth's Radiation Belts, Watt, C., Allison, H., Thompson, R., Bentley, S., Meredith, N., Glauert, S., Horne, R., Rae, I. 16 Jan 2021, In: Geophysical Research Letters
  • Particle‐in‐Cell Experiments Examine Electron Diffusion by Whistler‐Mode Waves: 2. Quasi‐Linear and Nonlinear Dynamics, Allanson, O., Watt, C., Ratcliffe, H., Allison, H., Meredith, N., Bentley, S., Ross, J., Glauert, S. Jul 2020, In: Journal of Geophysical Research
  • Random Forest Model of Ultralow-Frequency Magnetospheric Wave Power, Bentley, S., Stout, J., Bloch, T., Watt, C. Oct 2020, In: Earth and Space Science
  • The evolution of inverted magnetic fields through the inner heliosphere, Macneil, A., Owens, M., Wicks, R., Lockwood, M., Bentley, S., Lang, M. 21 May 2020, In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • Capturing uncertainty in magnetospheric ultralow frequency wave models, Bentley, S., Watt, C., Rae, J., Owens, M., Murphy, K., Lockwood, M., Sandhu, J. Apr 2019, In: Space Weather
  • How do Ultra‐Low Frequency waves access the inner magnetosphere during geomagnetic storms?, Rae, J., Murphy, K., Watt, C., Sandhu, J., Georgiou, M., Degeling, A., Forsyth, C., Bentley, S., Staples, F., Shi, Q. 16 Oct 2019, In: Geophysical Research Letters
  • Particle‐in‐cell Experiments Examine Electron Diffusion by Whistler‐mode Waves: 1. Benchmarking With a Cold Plasma, Allanson, O., Watt, C., Ratcliffe, H., Meredith, N., Allison, H., Bentley, S., Bloch, T., Glauert, S. Nov 2019, In: Journal of Geophysical Research


  • PhD July 18 2019
  • Mathematics June 28 2013

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