Dr Chris Nixon

photoSTFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow

Room G47, Physics

Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1219

Email: cjn@le.ac.uk


 

 


Personal details

  • MSci (Cambridge)
  • PhD (Leicester)

I completed my MSci at Jesus College, University of Cambridge in 2009. I then moved to Leicester for my PhD.

In 2012, I was awarded a NASA Einstein Fellowship and I spent the next three years working in JILA, University of Colorado, Boulder.

In 2015, I returned to Leicester with an STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship.

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Research

I am primarily interested in astrophysical fluid dynamics, from black hole accretion to planet formation. Gas has angular momentum and so it usually settles into a disc and much of my research focusses on the evolution of these accretion flows. Black hole accretion is so luminous that it is observable across almost the entire Universe.

My research aims to explore the wide range of disc dynamics produced in nature and across a variety of different systems from where planets form to where stars are destroyed by the tidal field of a black hole.

Publications

  • Coughlin E. R., Nixon C., Begelman M. C., Armitage P. J., Price D. J., Post-periapsis pancakes: sustenance for self-gravity in tidal disruption events Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2016) 455:3612-3627 (Journal article) DOI for this publication
  • Nealon R., Nixon C., Price D. J., King A., Apsidal precession, disc breaking and viscosity in warped discs Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2016) 455:L62-L66 (Journal article) DOI for this publication
  • Nixon C., King A., Warp Propagation in Astrophysical Discs Lecture Notes in Physics, Berlin Springer Verlag (2016) 905:45 (Journal article) DOI for this publication
  • Coughlin E. R., Nixon C., Variability in Tidal Disruption Events: Gravitationally Unstable Streams The Astrophysical Journal (2015) 808:L11 (Journal article) DOI for this publication
  • Martin R. G., Nixon C., Lubow S. H., Armitage P. J., Price D. J., Doğan S., King A., The Kozai-Lidov Mechanism in Hydrodynamical Disks The Astrophysical Journal (2014) 792:L33 (Journal article) DOI for this publication
  • Nixon C., Salvesen G., A physical model for state transitions in black hole X-ray binaries Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2014) 437:3994-3999 (Journal article) DOI for this publication
  • Nixon C., King A., Do Jets Precess... or Even Move at All? The Astrophysical Journal (2013) 765:L7 (Journal article) DOI for this publication
  • Nixon C., King A., Price D., Frank J., Tearing up the Disk: How Black Holes Accrete The Astrophysical Journal (2012) 757:L24 (Journal article) DOI for this publication
  • Nixon C. J., Cossins P. J., King A. R., Pringle J. E., Retrograde accretion and merging supermassive black holes Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2011) 412:1591-1598 (Journal article) DOI for this publication
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