Thomas Knight
MPhys (Wales), PhD (Wales - Aberystwyth)

Associate Lecturer

Contact Details

Room Number..........:  3.09
Building....................:  Physical Sciences
Phone.......................:   +44 (0)1970 621588
E-Mail........................:   tmk08
Home Page...............:   Personal


I graduated with an MPhys (Dissertation: "Constructing and Modelling Hydrodynamic Processes using Smoothed Particle Algorithms") from University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 2008, after four years of study, and immediately entered my STFC funded PhD working with the Solar System Physics Research Group. After submitting my Thesis, "Smoothed Particle Magnetohydrodynamics for the Solar Corona", in 2012 I became a Research and Teaching Assistant within IMAPS, Aberystwyth University. After graduating in 2013, I started as a UK Space Agency funded PDRA at IMPACS, Aberystwyth University, working with numerous institutions across the world including IRF (Sweden), Physikalisches Institut (University of Bern, Switzerland), APL (John Hopkins University, USA), Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (Germany), Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan), and many others, developing the Particle Environment Package (PEP) for the European Space Agency's Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer (JUICE).

Research Groups

Research Interests

  • Computational Physics:

    The coherent thread binding my research is computational physics. At the conclusion of my PhD, my research focus moved from theory (in the form of numerical method construction and physical validation) to application. I am currently performing radiation analysis as part of the ongoing design and development effort for PEP that will fly with ESAs JUICE mission (see Biography). This primarily concerns optimisation of the signal-to-noise ratio for the detectors of the numerous instruments, but also includes the calibration of modelling software and validation of simulations.

Teaching Areas

Modules Taught

  • PH01010: Introduction to Physical Forces
  • PH03010: Introduction to the Physics of Matter
  • PH06020: Introduction to Mathematical Methods for Physicists 1
  • PH06520: Introduction to Mathematical Methods for Physicists 2
  • PH10110: Physical Forces
  • PH10310: Physics of Matter
  • PH24010: Data Handling and Statistics
  • PH24520: Sensors, Electronics & Instrumentation
  • PH36010: Numerical Methods
  • PHM6610: Advanced Numerical Methods


Shielding an MCP Detector for a Space-Borne Mass Spectrometer Against the Harsh Radiation Environment in Jupiter’s MagnetosphereLasi, D., Tulej, M., Meyer, S., Lüthi, M., Galli, A., Piazza, D., Wurz, P., Reggiani, D., Xiao, H., Marcinkowski, R., Hajdas, W., Cervelli, A., Karlsson, S., Knight, T., Grande, M. & Barabash, S. 2017 In : IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science.64, 1, p. 605 - 613
The Future of Spacecraft Radiation Design: Workshop at Aberystwyth University, UK, 28–30 November 2012Grande, M. & Knight, T. M. C. 2013 In : Space Weather.11, 10, p. 843-8441 p.