Ian Howarth



Teaching related

Pregraduate:

"SN cosmology" ppt talk for prospective undergrads

Undergraduate:

PHAS2130, Practical Astrophysics – 2
PHAS3135, The Physics of Stars
University of London Observatory

Postgraduate:

Group A postgrads – the unauthorized listing
Astrophysics Wiki, including Careers Pages
Postgraduate Lectures
Notes for new PhD students (see also Deptl. PG page)
Words of advice
Postgraduate Interviews
Application form for a"Starlink" account.
Postgraduate expenses (Sarah's notes)
Degree information (UCL pages on MPhil transfer, thesis submission, CRS, etc.); and a very handy
    Summary of the PhD examination process (who has to do what, and when).
My own notes on how to submit your thesis
Research Log portal

Slides from 2013 introductory talk (pdf)

Careers session, 2014 March 17

Kim Nilsson presentation (213k pdf); Pivigo

Kathy Barrett presentation (610k pdf).
Personal sessions with the UCL Careers service can be booked on-line at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/researchers/phd.

Former responsibilities I still sometimes get asked about:

PATT Rolling Grant
PHAS1102: Physics of the Universe. Course no longer delivered.
PHAS2112: Astrophysical Processes, Nebulae to Stars
  I have 'retired' my web pages for this course, which is now taught by Dr Viti
Peer Assisted Learning (PALs)
Asteroid Computers
Postgraduate admissions (for those wanting to apply for PhDs) – now administered by Dr Viti.

Research

Refereed papers ("refereed" as judged by ADS)
Other papers
Not available on ADS:
'Rotation and Line Broadening in OBA Stars' – review paper given at IAU Symp. 215: PDF
'Rotation and the Circumstellar Environment' – review paper given at the Sapporo workshop on 'Active OB-Stars: Laboratories for Stellar & Circumstellar Physics': PDF

New Atlas9 Grids
    Extensive grids of model fluxes and limb-darkening coefficients, together with ODFs
LMC emission-line stars: metacatalogue
    (Incorporates Bohannan & Epps (1974) identifications)
2dF SMC survey catalogue (from 2004MNRAS.353..601E)
VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey
My ftp site

Community

Physics & Astronomy (new-style) letterheads, both LaTeX & MS-Wurd
    (Further info at the UCL corporate identity site)
Science Centre Talk Powerpoint presentation (14Mb) on 'Supernovae' given as part of the UCL Science Centre lectures for schools series.
Explorers of the Universe, an IYA photographic project by Max Alexander.
    (Interviews with Max & idh in Astronomy & Geophysics and in Astronomy Now magazine.)
Royal Astronomical Society
Astronomy Picture of the Day

Agitprop: Support Open Computing

Windows 7 Sins
MS-Word attachments are a BAD THING (especially when easy-to-use, free, open-source tools are available).
Oppose software patents
Find out what "trusted computing" really means (here's another view) – for example, it could be illegal even to look for security holes installed by 'trustworthy' companies on the computer that YOU own with software that YOU spend your good money on.
Why is open source a good thing? One reason (among many) is the serial malpractice of companies like Microsoft, who have fallen foul of antitrust laws in the US, the EU, and Asia
Oh, and let's not forget the numerous class actions brought against them in many US states for (illegally) anticompetitive practices.
Or the fact that they've almost certainly installed spyware on your PC.
The truth behind so-called 'Secure Boot'
Real programmers use emacs

Software

dipso – golden oldie spectrum manipulation/plotting/analysis software. This is my own development version, not the Starlink release (source code).
pgpix – mid-level plotting package (largely authored by Keith Smith, and based on pgplot) offering fine control and good quality output (source code).
vapid – Interstellar profile-fitting routine ('voigt absorption-profile [interstellar] dabbler'). linux i86 executable & documentation (paper)

Personal

Academic genealogy
Personal Page
Departmental Page