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I am a theoretical astrophysicist. The main focus of my research is neutron stars: the collapsed remnants of a normal star's core following a supernova. The physics needed for a full description of a neutron star is very broad, encompassing (magneto)hydrodynamics, superfluidity, elasticity, general relativity and nuclear physics; I am interested in all of those, to a greater or lesser degree, but particularly in anything related to the star's magnetic field. As a theorist, my research methods are analytic (i.e. pen and paper) or numerical (i.e. running computer code), though it is all motivated by the rich and growing spectrum of neutron-star observations.
After finishing an undergrad degree in Maths and Physics at Warwick University, I joined the General Relativity group at Southampton University. There I worked towards my PhD, supervised by Ian Jones, and became interested in stellar magnetism. Following that I had three postdoc positions - at the universities of Tübingen (Germany) and Southampton, and at the Copernicus Astronomical Centre in Warsaw - as well as various short-term stints elsewhere, including at the Albert Einstein Institute (Potsdam, Germany), the Anton Pannekoek Institute (Amsterdam) and in Santiago de Chile. Finally, I joined the UEA in January 2020 as a lecturer.
Please see my personal website for more information about my work: https://sklander.wordpress.com/
Areas of Expertise
Neutron stars, magnetohydrodynamics, relativistic astrophysics, superconductivity, elasticity, self-organised criticality.
Module organiser for Stellar Physics (PHY-5005A), General Relativity (PHY-6007A), and Relativistic Astrophysics (PHY-7007A).
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Lander, S., 18 Apr 2023, In: The Astrophysical Journal Letters. 947, 1, L16.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Letter › peer-reviewOpen Access1 Citation (Scopus)
Pulse peak migration during the outburst decay of the magnetar SGR 1830-0645: Crustal motion and magnetospheric untwistingYounes, G., Lander, S. K., Baring, M. G., Enoto, T., Kouveliotou, C., Wadiasingh, Z., Ho, W. C. G., Harding, A. K., Arzoumanian, Z., Gendreau, K., Guver, T., Hu, C-P., Malacaria, C., Ray, P. S. & Strohmayer, T. E., 13 Jan 2022, In: Astrophysical Journal Letters. 924, 2, 8 p., L27.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Letter › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile11 Citations (Scopus)8 Downloads (Pure)
Gourgouliatos, K. N. & Lander, S., Sep 2021, In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 506, 3, p. 3578–3587 10 p.
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Lander, S. K., 1 Oct 2021, In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters. 507, 1, p. L36-L40
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Lander, S. K., Haensel, P., Haskell, B., Zdunik, J. L. & Fortin, M., May 2021, In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 503, 1, p. 875–895 21 p.
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