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Physics and Astronomy

Section Editor: Elias Brinks

Professor Elias Brinks earned his doctorate in astrophysics at Leiden University in The Netherlands. After Postdoctoral Fellowships at ESO Garching (Germany) and the Royal Greenwich Observatory (UK) he moved to the USA to take up a position as Associate Scientist at the NRAO-VLA in Socorro, New Mexico. He subsequently moved to “Old” Mexico, helping his Mexican colleagues to set up a Department of Astronomy at the University of Guanajuato and also worked as staff scientist at INAOE in Puebla.

Since September 2004 he is a Full Professor at the University of Hertfordshire where he currently is Associate Dean for Research in the School of Physics, Astronomy & Mathematics. His research focuses on nearby normal and dwarf galaxies, galaxy interactions, their formation and evolution.

Professor Brinks has taught a large range of subjects, from 1st year undergraduate introductory mathematics and physics to final year and MSc level specialised courses in astrophysics.

  1. We describe the design, the construction and performance of a narrow band ortho-mode transducer, currently used in the 5 GHz polarimetric receiver of the Galactic Emission Mapping project.

    Authors: Ivan S. Ferreira, Camilo Tello, Miguel Bergano, Thyrso Villela, Domingos Barbosa and George F. Smoot
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2069
  2. Silicon single-photon avalanche diodes (Si-SPADs) are the most used devices for measuring ultra-weak optical radiant fluxes in many quantum technology fields, such as quantum optics, quantum communication, qua...

    Authors: Klodian Dhoska, Helmuth Hofer, Beatrice Rodiek, Marco López, Toomas Kübarsepp and Stefan Kück
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2065
  3. To figure out the relationship between image noise and contrast noise ratio (CNR) at different tube voltages, using anthropomorphic new-born and 1-year-old phantoms, and to discuss the feasibility of radiation...

    Authors: Takanori Masuda, Yoshinori Funama, Masao Kiguchi, Naoyuki Imada, Takayuki Oku, Tomoyasu Sato and Kazuo Awai
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2064
  4. This study reports novel hybrid computational methods for the solutions of nonlinear singular Lane–Emden type differential equation arising in astrophysics models by exploiting the strength of unsupervised neu...

    Authors: Iftikhar Ahmad, Muhammad Asif Zahoor Raja, Muhammad Bilal and Farooq Ashraf
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1866
  5. Recently, the master equations for the interaction of two-mode photons with a three-level Λ-type atom are exactly solved for the coherence terms. In this paper the exact absorption spectrum is applied for the ...

    Authors: Ghasem Naeimi, Samira Alipour and Siamak Khademi
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1402
  6. A thickness variation of only one Ångström makes a significant difference in the current through a tunnel junction due to the exponential thickness dependence of the current. It is thus important to achieve a...

    Authors: Samira Nik, Philip Krantz, Lunjie Zeng, Tine Greibe, Henrik Pettersson, Stefan Gustafsson, Per Delsing and Eva Olsson
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1067
  7. In this study, two layers: i-ZnO nanorods and p-Cu2O were fabricated by electrochemical deposition. The fabricating process was the initial formation of ZnO nanorods layer on the n-IGZO thin film which was prepar...

    Authors: Nguyen Huu Ke, Le Thi Tuyet Trinh, Pham Kim Phung, Phan Thi Kieu Loan, Dao Anh Tuan, Nguyen Huu Truong, Cao Vinh Tran and Le Vu Tuan Hung
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:710
  8. The detailed knowledge of the Milky Way radio emission is important to characterize galactic foregrounds masking extragalactic and cosmological signals. The update of the global sky models describing radio emi...

    Authors: Miguel Bergano, Armando Rocha, Luís Cupido, Domingos Barbosa, Thyrso Villela, José Vilas Boas, Graça Rocha and George F. Smoot
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:487
  9. An ideal magnetic rail should provide a homogeneous magnetic field along the longitudinal direction to guarantee the reliable friction-free operation of high temperature superconducting (HTS) maglev vehicles. ...

    Authors: Y. J. Li, Q. Dai, C. Y. Deng, R. X. Sun, J. Zheng, Z. Chen, Y. Sun, H. Wang, Z. D. Yuan, C. Fang and Z. G. Deng
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:372
  10. The presence of atmosphere can appreciably warm a planet’s surface above the temperature of an airless environment. Known as a natural Greenhouse Effect (GE), this near-surface Atmospheric Thermal Enhancement ...

    Authors: Den Volokin and Lark ReLlez
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:723

    The Erratum to this article has been published in SpringerPlus 2016 5:2085

  11. An optical surface roughness model is presented, which allows a reliable determination of the dielectric function of thin films with high surface roughnesses of more than 10 nm peak to valley distance by means...

    Authors: Daniel Lehmann, Falko Seidel and Dietrich RT Zahn
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:82
  12. Critical field of 2H-NbSe2 is determined for the field perpendicular to the conducting planes down to 50 mK, by magnetoresistance measurements. It is the first time that such a measurement is extended below 1 K. ...

    Authors: Adel Nader and Pierre Monceau
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2014 3:16
  13. The quench process in high-temperature superconducting (HTS) wires plays an important role in superconducting power devices, such as fault current limiters, magnets, cables, etc. The superconducting device sho...

    Authors: Vladimir A Malginov, Andrey V Malginov and Leonid S Fleishman
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:599
  14. Studies of the normal zone in high-temperature superconducting wires are extremely important for power applications, such as fault current limiters, motors, cables etc. We studied the temperature distribution ...

    Authors: Andrey V Malginov, Alexander Yu Kuntsevich, Vladimir A Malginov and Leonid S Fleishman
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:535
  15. Over the years, (G’/G)–expansion method is employed to generate traveling wave solutions to various wave equations in mathematical physics. In the present paper, the alternative (G’/G)–expansion method has been f...

    Authors: M Ali Akbar, Norhashidah Hj Mohd Ali and Syed Tauseef Mohyud-Din
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:327
  16. This article focuses on mapping the Sun’s large-scale magnetic fields. In particular, the model considers how photospheric fields evolve in time. Our solar field mapping method uses Netlogo’s cellular automata...

    Authors: Kenneth H Schatten
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:21