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Prof Graziella Branduardi Raymont
Appointment
  • Professor of Space Astronomy
  • Dept of Space & Climate Physics
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Research Groups
Research Themes
Research Summary
More than 35 year experience in multi-wavelength astrophysics, with emphasis on analysis, interpretation and modelling of astrophysical data from space and ground observatories; also a spell in Earth Remote Sensing, developing software to simulate an advanced altimeter for ERS-1. Co-I and management role over more than two decades for the Reflection Grating Spectrometer flying onboard the European Space Agency X-ray Multi-Mirror (XMM-Newton) mission; leader of mission and instrument proposals for the study of X-ray emissions from planetary magnetospheres and auroral phenomena.

Fields of study tackled over the years encompass Galactic and extragalactic research, from X-ray binaries to Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), clusters of galaxies and the X-ray background, and, more recently, stars and solar system bodies. Internationally recognised scientist researching in planetary X-ray emission and high resolution X-ray spectroscopy of the gaseous environment of AGN (warm absorbers). Main interest is X-ray and UV/optical spectroscopy, applied as a powerful diagnostic tool for investigating physical processes acting in a variety of astrophysical settings.
Teaching Summary
'An Introduction to X-ray Astronomy', Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, Tenerife, Spain (Ph. D. level, 1986)

'High Energy Astrophysics' (B. Sc. 3rd, 4th year, and M. Sc. level, 1987 - 99)

'Space Exploration' (B. Sc. 1st year, 1991 - 92)

'Space Science, Instrumentation and Techniques' (B. Sc. 2nd year, 1992 - 2007)

'Space Operations And Project Organisation' (M. Sc. level, 2000 - 02)

'Foundations of Astronomy' (B. Sc. 1st year, 2004 - 2006)

'Physics of the Universe (stellar astrophysics)' (B. Sc. 1st year, 2006 - 2008)

'Space Science, Environment and Satellite Missions' (M. Sc. level, 2010 - )
Appointments
01-OCT-2009 Professor of Space Astronomy Space and Climate Physics University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1992 – 30-SEP-2009 Reader in Astronomy Space and Climate Physics University College London, United Kingdom
01-JUN-1987 – 30-SEP-1992 Lecturer Physics and Astronomy University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1985 – 31-MAY-1987 Physicist/Programmer Physics and Astronomy University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1979 – 30-SEP-1985 Associate Research Assistant Physics and Astronomy University College London, United Kingdom
01-AUG-1977 – 31-AUG-1979 Physicist Center for Astrophysics Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., United States
Academic Background
1977 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1973 LAU Laurea Universita degli Studi di Milano
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