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Postgraduate Student

Claire-Elise Green

Department: 

Teaching: 

I'm a teaching assistant for the courses:

  • GENS4015 Brave New World: Science Fiction, Science Fact and the Future
  • PHYS1160 Introduction to Astronomy

These courses are awesome and you should take them :)

Education: 

  • 2014 onwards:
    • Ph.D student, "Milky Way dynamics and structure", The University of New South Wales, working under the supervision of Dr. Maria Cunningham (UNSW) and Dr. Joanne Dawson (CSIRO).
    • CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science Graduate Student Program.
  • 2013:
    • Bachelor of Science (Advanced) majoring in Physics, with Honours First Class and the University Medal (Physics), The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
    • CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science Undergraduate Student Program (cosupervised for Honours year by Dr. James Green, CSIRO).
  • 2012:
    • Awarded an undergraduate research scholarship with the CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science unit over the 2012/2013 summer period under the supervision of Dr James Green on the project “Organic molecules in interstellar clouds”.This work has been recently published.
  • 2011:
    • Awarded an undergraduate research scholarship with the CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) unit over the 2011/2012 summer period under the supervision of Dr Julie Banfield and Dr Shane O’Sullivan on the project ‘The role of magnetic fields in the formation and evolution of galaxies’.
       

Research Interests: 

My research interests lie in radio astronomy, in the areas of star formation, molecular clouds, black holes/active galactic nuclei and magnetic fields in space.

I am currently undertaking a Ph.D research project studying star forming structures in our Galaxy, the Milky Way. Stars form in clouds of gas and dust in space, but the process by which this occurs remains a mystery. I am studying structures within these clouds that may be involved in the process of star formation. I am focussing on a recently discovered type of structure in these clouds, threads of gas and dust upon which the majority of potential 'baby' stars seem to lie. Previous infrared wavelength observations revealed the dust component of these threads, and I am using radio wavelength observations from Australian radio telescopes to reveal the gas component. The radio wavelength data will complement the pre-existing infrared data and provide the missing piece of the puzzle to illuminate the role of these threads of gas and dust in star formation. I am also investigating the role of large scale magnetic fields in space in the formation and stability of these threads, and their contribution to forming stars.

Since we, and everything around us, are made of star dust, we can better understand our own origins by understanding the birth and lifecycle of stars.

I have also undertaken projects investigating:

  • the relationships between star formation and black holes.
  • the use of organic molecules in space to make a 'chemical clock' to time star formation.
  • the role of magnetic fields in the formation and evolution of galaxies.

Honours, Awards and Memberships: 


Awards:

  • 2017:
    • The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation STEM scholarship
  • 2015:
    • The CSIRO Alumni Scholarship in Physics
    • German Academic Exchange Service Research Grant
    • International Astronomical Union Travel Grant to attend the XXIX IAU Annual General Meeting, Honolulu
    • UNSW Postgraduate Research Student Support Travel Grant to attend the XXIX IAU Annual General Meeting, Honolulu
  • 2014 onwards:
    • UNSW Research Excellence Award
    • Australian Postgraduate Award
  • 2013:
    • The Brother Vincent Cotter Honours Award in Physics
    • The Head of School's Prize in Physics
    • The Physics Staff Prize for Physics Honours
  • 2012:
    • The Australian Institute of Physics Prize
    • The Nucletron Prize in Experimental Physics
    • The New College Physics Prize
  • 2010:
    • UNSW Academic Achievement Award
       

Memberships:

  • Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) student member
  • Australia Telescope Users' Committee (ATUC) student representative 2015
  • UNSW Physics school board postgraduate student representative 2015, 2016

Selected Publications: 

  • Measuring filament orientation: a new quantitative, local approach
    C.-E. Green, J. R. Dawson, M. R. Cunningham, P. A. Jones, G. Novak, L. M. Fissel, 2017, accepted for publication in ApJS (also available as an arxiv pre-print: https://arxiv.org/abs/1708.01953)
     
  • Removing Visual Bias in Filament Identification: A New Goodness-of-fit Measure
    C.-E. Green,M. R. Cunningham, J. R. Dawson, P. A. Jones, G. Novak, L. M. Fissel, 2017, ApJL, 840, 17 (also available as an arxiv pre-print: https://arxiv.org/abs/1704.06377)
     
  • New detections of HC5N towards hot cores associated with 6.7 GHz methanol masers.
    C.-E. Green, J. A. Green, M. G. Burton, S. Horiuchi, N. F. H. Tothill, A. J. Walsh, C. R. Purcell, J. E. J. Lovell, T. J. Millar, 2014, MNRAS, 443, 2252 (also available as an arxiv pre-print: http://arxiv.org/abs/1407.1699)

     
  • Dense circumnuclear molecular gas in starburst galaxies
    C.-E. Green, M. R. Cunningham, J. A. Green, J. R. Dawson, P. A. Jones, A. R. Lopez-Sanchez, L. Verdes-Montenegro, C. Henkel, W. A. Baan, S. Martin, 2016, MNRAS, 457, 2470 (also available as an arxiv pre-print: http://arxiv.org/abs/1601.02302)