Dr James McKee

Dr James McKee

Lecturer

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Data Science AI and Modelling Centre (DAIM)

Qualifications

  • BSc (University of Hull)
  • PhD / DPhil (University of Manchester)

Summary

I am an astrophysicist at the E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics and a lecturer in the Centre of Excellence for Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Modelling (DAIM). I work on radio astronomy of pulsars, using some of the most sensitive telescopes in the world. My main areas of research are pulsar timing, the interstellar medium, and single pulse emission from pulsars.

I studied Physics at the University of Hull and was awarded a Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrophysics by The University of Manchester. I have held research positions at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics.

I am a member of several international collaborations including:

Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME)

North American NanoHertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav)

Large European Array for Pulsars (LEAP)

European Pulsar Timing Array (EPTA)

International Pulsar Timing Array (IPTA)

The NenuFAR array

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

The Green Bank North Celestial Cap Survey. IX. Timing Follow-up for 128 Pulsars

McEwen, A. E., Swiggum, J. K., Kaplan, D. L., Tan, C. M., Meyers, B. W., Fonseca, E., …Stairs, I. H. (2024). The Green Bank North Celestial Cap Survey. IX. Timing Follow-up for 128 Pulsars. The Astrophysical journal, 962(2), Article 167. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/ad11f0

A Gaussian-processes approach to fitting for time-variable spherical solar wind in pulsar timing data

Niţu, I. C., Keith, M. J., Tiburzi, C., Brüggen, M., Champion, D. J., Chen, S., …Vocks, C. (2024). A Gaussian-processes approach to fitting for time-variable spherical solar wind in pulsar timing data. Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 528(2), 3304-3319. https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stae220

Practical approaches to analyzing PTA data: Cosmic strings with six pulsars

Quelquejay Leclere, H., Auclair, P., Babak, S., Chalumeau, A., Steer, D. A., Antoniadis, J., …Wu, Z. (2023). Practical approaches to analyzing PTA data: Cosmic strings with six pulsars. Physical Review D, 108(12), Article 123527. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.108.123527

Search for gravitational wave signals from known pulsars in LIGO-Virgo O3 data using the 5n-vector ensemble method

D’Onofrio, L., De Rosa, R., Palomba, C., Leaci, P., Piccinni, O. J., Sequino, V., …Stappers, B. (2023). Search for gravitational wave signals from known pulsars in LIGO-Virgo O3 data using the 5n-vector ensemble method. Physical Review D, 108(12), Article 122002. https://doi.org/10.1103/physrevd.108.122002

Constraining the magnetic field geometry of the millisecond pulsar PSRJ0030+0451 from joint radio, thermal X-ray, and γ-ray emission

Pétri, J., Guillot, S., Guillemot, L., Cognard, I., Theureau, G., Grießmeier, J. M., …Zarka, P. (2023). Constraining the magnetic field geometry of the millisecond pulsar PSRJ0030+0451 from joint radio, thermal X-ray, and γ-ray emission. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 680, Article A93. https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/202346913

Research interests

Pulsars

Neutron stars

The interstellar medium

Gravitational waves

Radio astronomy

Testing theories of gravity

Lead investigator

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

EMO-GP: Emission Mechanisms of Giant Pulses

Funder

STFC Science & Technology Facilities Council

Grant

£446,691.00

Started

1 April 2024

Status

Ongoing

Postgraduate supervision

Radio astronomy of pulsars

Current student: Georgia Lowes, "Shedding light on pulsar emission and its propagation through plasma environments"

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society

2023

International Astronomical Union

2018

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