Institute of Astronomy

Mr Michael Parker

E-mail: mlparker@ast.cam.ac.uk

Office: Hoyle H52
Office Tel: (01223) 766635
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Publications

Research

I am a member of the Cambridge X-ray group, and a NuSTAR science team member. My research is based around understanding the X-ray emission from the innermost regions around black holes, and analysing their variability using sophisticated mathematical tools. 

I have developed and expanded the use of principal component analysis (PCA) as a tool for the understanding of black hole spectral variability, as a complimentary method to frequency-based techniques. I have pioneered the use of this techinque as a way to qualitatively understand the behaviour of active galactic nuclei (AGN) using large archival datasets.

My work on reflection spectra has contributed to several different research projects, most noticably expanding reflection models to new areas of parameter space to cope with the increased energy range and sensitivity of NuSTAR.

Additionally, I work on modelling the spectra of AGN and X-ray binaries, in particular working on the ground-breaking new data from the NuSTAR telescope. I have also worked with spectra from the XMM-NewtonSuzaku, and Chandra satellites.

Selected papers

Qualifications

MPhys (Hons, 1st) Theoretical Physics, Durham

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