Rubina Kotak

      Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 3138, +44 (0)28 9097 3797

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      Summary table reproduced verbatim from the iTrent Personal Learning Account

      Event Name

      Status

      Start date

      Failed / Reason

      Using the personal response system in your classes

      Completed

      01/04/2009

      No

      Supervising research students

      Completed

      15/01/2009

      No

      Web Authoring 2: Dreamweaver MX

      Completed

      29/02/2008

      No

      PGCHET

      Completed

      01/09/2007

      No

      Selection Interviewing

      Completed

      28/06/2007

      No

      Research Statement

      My research is primarily in the area of supernovae and explosive, extra-galactic transients. Although the field is relatively mature, the advent of new technology i.e. larger CCDs (charge-coupled devices) combined with larger-aperture optical and infrared telescopes available from both ground- and space-based facilities, has led to rapid evolution of the field on short timescales.

      My research is primarily driven by observations, and I have built up a track-record in successfully obtaining telescope time at highly oversubscribed facilities. This has gone some way to ensuring that when a potentially interesting transient is detected (e.g. by amateur astronomers or professional searches), the supernova group at QUB has the resources (i.e., telescope time) in hand to follow it up.

      Links with world-leading theoreticians enables comparisons of our observations with state-of-the-art simulations.

      Supernova research at QUB has been well-supported by STFC, both in terms of PDRA support and FEC. Publications are invariably in journals of high international standing, with citation-rates to match. This in turn has attracted applications of fellowships from several high-profile candidates, invitations at conferences, and various facility and funding panels.

      Recent announcements of the Nobel prize for Physics (a result based on supernovae), the selection of the EUCLID space mission by the European Space Agency as part of its 2015-2025 Cosmic Vision Plan, and the announcement of £3.5 million of STFC investment for the European-Extremely Large Telescope ensures a bright future for this field. Indeed, the supernova group (RK, S. Smartt) at QUB has contributed to the scientific cases for both of the above (EUCLID, E-ELT).

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