Dr Nick Cooper

Dr Nick Cooper

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Address:
School of Physics and Astronomy
Queen Mary, University of London
327 Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

Telephone: 020 7882 6576
Room: G O Jones 212
Email:

Research Interests

Currently, my research is focused on studying the origin and dynamical evolution of the moons and rings of the giant planets in our solar system.

Understanding these systems is important because we see many processes operating in them today that we think would have operated in the early Solar System. So in a sense, we can use them as a window into the past, to help understand the origin and evolution of planetary systems in general. 

Since 2002, I have been a member of the research group headed by Prof. Carl Murray here at Queen Mary. Our work is centered around using the Cassini Spacecraft to take images of the rings and small inner satellites of Saturn in order to study their dynamical and physical evolution, with particular emphasis on Saturn's weird and wonderful F Ring. Having access to a spacecraft orbiting Saturn has given us an unprecedented opportunity to watch this system evolve in situ for almost ten years now - a sort of living laboratory. Here is a news report on some of our recent work: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/newsreleases/newsrelease20140414/.

I also have a general interest in orbit determination techniques and astrometry, as well as a fascination with resonant and chaotic phenomena in the orbits of Solar System bodies. Apart from that, my interest in planetary science is pretty broad, originating from my former life as a geophysicist in the energy industry.

In addition to working as an associate on the Cassini Imaging Team, I am fortunate to have ongoing collaborations with colleagues at the IMCCE (http://www.imcce.fr/langues/en/), based at both the Paris Observatory and the Lille Observatory, as well as working with Cassini colleagues at Cornell University and JPL (http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/).

Cooper, N.J., Murray, C.D. Lainey, V., Tajeddine, R., Evans, M.W., Williams, G.A., 2014, Cassini ISS Mutual Event Astrometry of the Mid-sized Saturnian satellites 2005-2012, A&A, accepted.

Cooper, N.J., Renner, S., Murray, C.D., Evans, M.W., 2014, Saturn's inner satellites: orbits, masses and the chaotic motion of Atlas from new Cassini imaging observations, Astron. J., accepted.

Murray, C.D., Cooper, N.J., Williams, G.A., Attree, N.O., Boyer J.S., 2014, The discovery and dynamical evolution of an object at the outer edge of Saturn's A ring, Icarus, v. 236, 165-168.

Attree, N.O., Murray, C.D., Williams, G.A., Cooper, N.J., 2013, A Survey of Low-velocity collisional features in Saturn's F Ring. Icarus, 227, 56-66.

Cooper, N.J., Murray, C.D., Williams, G.A., 2013, Local Variability in the Orbit of Saturn's F Ring, Astron. J., 145:161, doi:10.1088/0004-6256/145/6/161.

Tajeddine,R., Cooper,N.J., Lainey,V., Charnoz,S., Murray,C.D. Astrometric reduction of Cassini ISS images of the Saturnian satellites Mimas and Enceladus, A&A, v. 551, 11pp (2013).

Attree, N.O., Murray,C.D., Cooper,N.J., Williams,G.A.,2012, Detection of low-velocity collisions in Saturn's F ring, Astrophys. J. Lett. 755, L27.

Tiscareno, M.S., Burns, J.A., Sremcevic, M., Beurle, K., Hedman, M.M., Cooper, N.J., Milano, A.J., Evans, M.W., Porco, C.C., Spitale, J.N., Weiss, J.W. 2010, Migration of "propeller" moons embedded in Saturn's rings, Astrophys. J. Lett. 718, L92-L96.

Beurle, K., Murray, C.D., Williams, G.A., Evans, M.W., Cooper, N.J., Agnor, C.B., 2010, Direct evidence for gravitational instability and moonlet formation in Saturn's rings, Astrophys. J. Lett. 718, L176-L180.

Hedman, M.M., Cooper, N.J., Murray, C.D., Beurle, K., Evans, M.W., Tiscareno, M.S., Burns, J.A., 2010, Aegaeon (Saturn LIII), a G-ring Object, Icarus, 207, 433-447.

Hedman, M.M., Murray, C.D., Cooper, N.J., Tiscareno, M.S., Beurle, K., Evans, M.W., Burns, J.A., 2008, Three tenuous rings/arcs for three tiny moons. Icarus, 199, 378-386

Murray, C.D., Beurle, K., Cooper, N.J., Evans, M.W., Williams, G.A., Charnoz, S., 2008, The determination of the structure of Saturn's F ring by nearby moonlets. Nature, 453, 739-744

Cooper, N.J., Murray, C.D., Beurle, K., Evans, M.W., Jacobson, R. A., Porco, C.C., 2008, Astrometry and Dynamics of Anthe (S/2007 S 4), A New Satellite of Saturn. Icarus, 195, 765-777

Jacobson, R.A., Spitale, J., Porco C.C., Beurle, K., Cooper, N.J., Evans, M.W., Murray, C.D., 2008, Revised Orbits of Saturn's Small Inner Satellites, Astron. J., 135, 261-263

Cooper, N. J., Murray, C. D., Porco, C. C., Spitale, J. N., 2006, Cassini ISS Astrometric Observation of the Inner Jovian Satellites, Amalthea and Thebe, Icarus, 181, 223-234.

Murray, C.D., Chavez, C., Beurle, K., Cooper, N., Evans, M. W., Burns, J. A., Porco, C. C., 2005, How Prometheus creates structure in Saturn's F-ring, Nature, 437, 1326.

Murray, C. D., Cooper, N. J., Evans, M. W., Beurle, K., 2005, S/2004 S5: A New Co-orbital Companion for Dione, Icarus, 179, 222.

C.C. Porco, E. Baker, J. Barbara, K. Beurle, A. Brahic, J.A. Burns, S. Charnoz, N. Cooper, D.D. Dawson, A.D. Del Genio, T. Denk, L. Dones, U. Dyudina, M.W. Evans, B. Giese, K. Grazier, P. Helfenstein, A.P. Ingersoll, R.A. Jacobson, T.V. Johnson, A. McEwen, C.D. Murray, G. Neukum, W.M. Owen, J. Perry, T. Roatsch, J.Spitale, S. Squyres, P. Thomas, M. Tiscareno, E. Turtle, A.R. Vasavada, J. Veverka, R. Wagner, R. West, 2005, Cassini imaging science: Initial results on Saturn's rings and small satellites, Science, 307, 1226.

C.C. Porco, E. Baker, J. Barbara, K. Beurle, A. Brahic, J.A. Burns, S. Charnoz, N. Cooper, D.D. Dawson, A.D. Del Genio, T. Denk, L. Dones, U. Dyudina, M.W. Evans, S. Fussner, B. Giese, K. Grazier, P. Helfenstein, A.P. Ingersoll, R.A. Jacobson, T.V. Johnson, A. McEwen, C.D. Murray, G. Neukum, W.M. Owen, J. Perry, T. Roatsch, J. Spitale, S. Squyres, P. Thomas, M. Tiscareno, E.P. Turtle, A.R. Vasavada, J. Veverka, R. Wagner, R. West, 2005, Imaging of Titan from the Cassini spacecraft, Nature, 434, 159

C.C. Porco, E. Baker, J. Barbara, K. Beurle, A. Brahic, J.A. Burns, S. Charnoz, N. Cooper, D.D. Dawson, A.D. Del Genio, T. Denk, L. Dones, U. Dyudina, M.W. Evans, B. Giese, K. Grazier, P. Helfenstein, A.P. Ingersoll, R.A. Jacobson, T.V. Johnson, A. McEwen, C.D. Murray, G. Neukum, W.M. Owen, J. Perry, T. Roatsch, J.Spitale, S. Squyres, P. Thomas, M. Tiscareno, E. Turtle, A.R. Vasavada, J. Veverka, R. Wagner, R. West, 2005, Cassini imaging science: Initial results on Phoebe and Iapetus, Science, 307, 1237

C.C. Porco, E. Baker, J. Barbara, K. Beurle, A. Brahic, J.A. Burns, S. Charnoz, N. Cooper, D.D. Dawson, A.D. Del Genio, T. Denk, L. Dones, U. Dyudina, M.W. Evans, B. Giese, K. Grazier, P. Helfenstein, A.P. Ingersoll, R.A. Jacobson, T.V. Johnson, A. McEwen, C.D. Murray, G. Neukum, W.M. Owen, J. Perry, T. Roatsch, J.Spitale, S. Squyres, P. Thomas, M. Tiscareno, E. Turtle, A.R. Vasavada, J. Veverka, R. Wagner, R. West, 2005, Cassini imaging science: Initial results on Saturn's atmosphere, Science, 307, 1243

Cooper, N.J. & Murray, C.D. 2004, Dynamical influences on the orbits of Prometheus and Pandora, Astron. J., 127, 1204-1217.