Samuel Lander


    • 1.27 Chemistry

    Personal profile

    Key Research Interests

    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.


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    Areas of Expertise

    Neutron stars, magnetohydrodynamics, relativistic astrophysics, superconductivity, elasticity, self-organised criticality.

    Key Responsibilities

    Module organiser for Stellar Physics (PHY-5005A), General Relativity (PHY-6007A), and Relativistic Astrophysics (PHY-7007A).

    Director of Admissions for Physics.

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