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Prof James McLaughlin


Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

I graduated from Durham University in 2002 with a MSci (joint honours) Mathematics and Physics degree. I then moved to the University of St Andrews for my PhD studies in Applied Mathematics and Solar Physics. After successfully defending my thesis entitled “Magnetohydrodynamic wave propagation in the neighbourhood of magnetic null points", I accepted a research scientist position at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, USA. Later, I returned to the University of St Andrews as a Research Fellow funded by the Leverhulme Trust. In 2010, I was appointed Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University and became a Reader in February 2014.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS) and a Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP).




  • Mathematical Sciences PhD September 01 2002
  • Mathematical Physics MSc September 01 1998
  • Education Affiliate American Astronomical Society (AAS) 2006
  • Member American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2006
  • Fellow Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) 2002
  • Associate Member Institute of Physics (IOP) 1998

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 3D WKB solution for fast magnetoacoustic wave behaviour within a separatrix dome containing a coronal null point, McLaughlin, J., Thurgood, J., Botha, G., Wiggs, J. 16 Jan 2019, In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • A basal contribution from p-modes to the Alfvénic wave flux in the Sun’s corona, Morton, R., Weberg, M., McLaughlin, J. 1 Mar 2019, In: Nature Astronomy
  • A blueprint of state-of-the-art techniques for detecting quasi-periodic pulsations in solar and stellar flares, Broomhall, A., Davenport, J., Hayes, L., Inglis, A., Kolotkov, D., McLaughlin, J., Mehta, T., Nakariakov, V., Notsu, Y., Pascoe, D., Pugh, C., Van Doorsselaere, T. 18 Oct 2019, In: Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
  • Damping of Propagating Kink Waves in the Solar Corona, Tiwari, A., Morton, R., Regnier, S., McLaughlin, J. 10 May 2019, In: The Astrophysical Journal
  • Improved Visualisation of Patient-Specific Heart Structure Using Three-Dimensional Printing Coupled with Image-Processing Techniques Inspired by Astrophysical Methods, Brewis, I., McLaughlin, J. 1 Feb 2019, In: Journal of Medical Imaging and Health Informatics
  • On the periodicity of linear and nonlinear oscillatory reconnection, Thurgood, J., Pontin, D., McLaughlin, J. Jan 2019, In: Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • An Automated Algorithm for Identifying and Tracking Transverse Waves in Solar Images, Weberg, M., Morton, R., McLaughlin, J. 5 Jan 2018, In: The Astrophysical Journal
  • Impact arising from sustained public engagement: A measured increase in learning outcomes, McLaughlin, J., Boothroyd, L., Philipson, P. 2 Jul 2018, In: Research for All
  • Implosive collapse about magnetic null points, Thurgood, J., Pontin, D., McLaughlin, J. 7 Mar 2018, In: The Astrophysical Journal
  • Modelling Quasi-Periodic Pulsations in Solar and Stellar Flares, McLaughlin, J., Nakariakov, V., Dominique, M., Jelínek, P., Takasao, S. 12 Feb 2018, In: Space Science Reviews

PGR Supervision

Ajay Tiwari Start: 01/03/2017


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