Prof Carl Murray

Prof Carl Murray

Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy
School of Physics and Astronomy
Queen Mary, University of London
327 Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

Telephone: 020 7882 3304
Room: G O Jones 509

Research interests

I am interested in all aspects of the dynamics of planetary systems, from the orbital evolution of dust particles to the stability of planetary orbits. My research in recent years has been dominated by work on Saturn's rings and their gravitational interaction with the small natural satellites orbiting nearby. In particular I have been fascinated by Saturn's F ring as I work with colleagues to understand its bizarre appearance. I have been a member of the Imaging Science Subsystem Team on the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and I have worked on the project since I was selected in 1990.


In 2015-16 I am teaching:

Recent research grants

  • £1,547,055 Consolidated Grant from STFC for Astronomy Research 2015-2018 (PI: Nelson); 01.04.2015 to 31-03.2018
  • £43,194 Leverhulme Research Fellowship for Collisional Dynamics in Saturn's F Ring (PI: Murray); 01.09.2013 to 31.08.2015
  • £1,632,102 Consolidated Grant from STFC for Astronomy Research 2012-2015 (PI: Burgess); 01.04.2012 to 31.03.2015
  • £11,606 from The Royal Society for International Exchange Scheme with Paris Observatory (PI: Murray); 01.01.2012 to 31.12.2013
  • £442,584 from STFC for Ring-satellite interactions & orbital evolution (PI: Murray); 01.04.2011 to 31.03.2014
  • £315,784 from STFC for Dynamics of Saturn's F ring and satellites (PI: Murray); 01.04.2006 to 31.03.2011
  • £587,720 from STFC for Cassini Imaging Centre (PI: Murray); 01.04.2006 to 31.03.2010

Recent talks and seminars

  • Talk at Greenford High School, Ealing, 24 March 2015
  • Talk at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, 29 January 2015
  • Talk for United Learning/Prince's Teaching Institute, Manchester, 29 January 2015
  • Talk for United Learning/Prince's Teaching Institute, London, 21 January 2015
  • Talk to the William Herschel Society, Univ. of Bath, 19 November 2014
  • Talk at Chobham Academy, Stratford, London, 5 November 2014
  • Talk at RAS Discussion Meeting celebrating 10 years of Cassini-Huygens, London, 10 October 2014
  • Talk at Pint of Science, London, 20 June 2014
  • Talk at JANUS-JUICE meeting, Univ. of Padua, Italy, 10 April 2014
  • Talk to Orpington Astronomical Society, 14 March 2014
  • Talk to Flamsteed Astronomy Society, Greenwich, 10 March 2014
  • Talk to joint RAS/RPS meeting, RAS, London, 17 February 2015
  • Talk at Plenary Session, Cassini PSG, JPL, 13 February 2014
  • Talk at Rings Working Group, Cassini PSG, JPL, 12 February 2014
  • Talk at ISS team Meeting, Caltech, 10 February 2014
  • Talk to Hampstead Garden Suburb Astronomical Society, 29 January 2014
  • Talk at Reigate School, Surrey, 9 January 2014
  • Invited talk at AGU, San Francisco, 10 December 2013
  • Invited talk at United learning Trust meeting, London, 4 October 2013
  • Talk to Year 10/11 pupils, QMUL, 31 July 2013
  • Talk at Goldsmiths Course for Teachers, QMUL, 23 July 2013
  • Talk at RAS Discussion Meeting on planetary satellites, RAS, London, 10 May 2013
  • Talk to Thurrock Astronomical Society, 3 April 2013
  • Talk at Colchester RGS, Colchester, 20 March 2013
  • Talk to Wilson's School Maths Circle, Sutton, Surrey, 11 March 2013
  • Talk to Birmingham Astronomical Society, 26 February 2013
  • Talk to Prince's Teaching Institute, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, 9 February 2013
  • Talk to Prince's Teaching Institute, Institute of Physics, London, 2 February 2013
  • Talk at RAS Discussion Meeting, RAS, London, 14 December 2012
  • Talk to Stratford upon Avon Astronomical Society, 21 August 2012
  • Talk at the NAROO-GAIA satellite astrometry meeting, Paris Observatory, 22 June 2012
  • Talk to the Loughton Astronomical Society, 31 May 2012
  • Talk at the Division for Dynamical Astronomy of the AAS, Mt. Hood, Oregon, 8 May 2012
  • Talk to the Guildford Astronomical Society, 3 May 2012
  • Invited talk at the European Geosciences Union, Vienna, 24 April 2012
  • Seminar at UC Santa Barbara, 3 February 2012
  • Talk to the Orpington Astronomical Society, 25 January 2012
  • Talk to the Reading Astronomical Society, 21 January 2012
  • Talks at Charlton School, 13 January 2012
  • Talk to the Flamsteed Astronomy Society, 14 November 2011
  • Seminar at Cardiff University, 5 October 2011
  • Talk at the Rings 2011 Workshop, Cornell University, July 2011

This is not an exhaustive list and I would be happy to discuss other project possibilities.


Selected publications

The discovery and dynamical evolution of an object at the outer edge of Saturn's A ring
Murray CD, Cooper NJ, Williams GA et al.
ICARUS, Volume 236, page 165, 1st July 2014.
DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2014.03.024

Local Variability in the Orbit of Saturn's F Ring
COOPER NJ, Murray, C.D., Williams GA
The Astronomical Journal, Volume 145, issue 6, page 145, 13th May 2013.
DOI: 10.1088/0004-6256/145/6/161

Local variability in the orbit of Saturn's F ring
Cooper NJ, MURRAY CD, Williams GA
The Astronomical Journal, Volume 145, issue 6, page 161, 1st January 2013.
DOI: 10.1088/0004-6256/145/6/161

Attree NO, Murray CD, Cooper NJ et al.
ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL LETTERS, Volume 755, issue 2, 20th August 2012.
DOI: 10.1088/2041-8205/755/2/L27

Beurle K, Murray CD, Williams GA et al.
ASTROPHYS J LETT, Volume 718, issue 2, page L176, 1st August 2010.
DOI: 10.1088/2041-8205/718/2/L176

The determination of the structure of Saturn's F ring by nearby moonlets.
Murray CD, Beurle K, Cooper NJ et al.
Nature, Volume 453, issue 7196, page 739, 5th June 2008.
DOI: 10.1038/nature06999

Astrometry and dynamics of Anthe (S/2007 S 4), a new satellite of Saturn
Cooper NJ, Murray CD, Evans MW et al.
ICARUS, Volume 195, issue 2, page 765, 1st June 2008.
DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2008.01.006

S/2004 S 5: A new co-orbital companion for Dione
Murray CD, Cooper NJ, Evans MW et al.
ICARUS, Volume 179, issue 1, page 222, 1st December 2005.
DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2005.06.009

How Prometheus creates structure in Saturn's F ring.
Murray CD, Chavez C, Beurle K et al.
Nature, Volume 437, issue 7063, page 1326, 27th October 2005.
DOI: 10.1038/nature04212