nick.nwright AT

Room LJ0.15A
Lennard Jones Laboratory
Keele University


I am an STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow based at Keele University. My research concerns the formation and dynamics of star clusters and what this can tell us about how stars and star clusters form and evolve.

I use observations at a range of wavelengths from both ground and space-based observatories to study young stars in a number of different clusters and associations. In particular I use high-precision imaging and spectroscopic observations to acquire radial velocities and proper motions for young stars to expose their kinematics and the dynamical processes at work in star clusters.

I am also interested in how feedback from massive stars affects the formation and evolution of nearby low-mass stars and their protoplanetary disks, and how stars generate a magnetic dynamo and emit X-rays.

For more about my research, outreach, and imaging work, please see the links on the left, or check out my blog, A cluster of thoughts.

Recent News

Paper published: Proper motion study of Cygnus OB2
We present a high precision proper motion study of the massive OB association Cyg OB2 that for the first time reveals the inner kinemtics of the association, reveals considerable kinematic substructure and constrains its past structural evolution.
Posted November 16th, 2016
Paper published: New type of young stellar transient
We present observations of a new long-duration transient in a non-embedded young stellar object that most likely occured due to accretion of circumstellar material from the remains of a dusty circumstellar envelope.
Posted September 30th, 2016
Invited review talk at Star Formation 2016 conference
I recently gave a review talk on Young Clusters and Protostars at the Star Formation 2016 conference held in Exeter, UK. Click the link to see a copy of the review.
Posted August 24th, 2016
Nature paper published: Solar-type dynamo behaviour in fully convective stars
We show that low-mass, fully convective stars exhibit the same magnetic dynamo behaviour as Solar-type stars, suggesting they operate similar dynamos that are not dependent on the action of a tachocline.
Posted August 1st, 2016

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