nick.nwright AT

Room LJ0.15A
Lennard Jones Laboratory
Keele University


I am an STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow based at Keele University. My research concerns the formation and dynamics of star clusters and what this can tell us about how stars and star clusters form and evolve.

I use observations at a range of wavelengths from both ground and space-based observatories to study young stars in a number of different clusters and associations. In particular I use high-precision imaging and spectroscopic observations to acquire radial velocities and proper motions for young stars to expose their kinematics and the dynamical processes at work in star clusters.

I am also interested in how feedback from massive stars affects the formation and evolution of nearby low-mass stars and their protoplanetary disks, and how stars generate a magnetic dynamo and emit X-rays.

For more about my research, outreach, and imaging work, please see the links on the left, or check out my blog, A cluster of thoughts.

Recent News

Invited review talk at the StarFormMapper workshop
I recently gave a review talk on the Spatial Properties of Star Forming Regions at the StarFormMapper workshop in Madrid, Spain. Click the link to see a copy of the review.
Posted June 20th, 2017
Paper published: Kinematics of young stars in Chamaeleon I
We present a high-resolution radial velocity study of young stars in the Chamaeleon I star forming region using Gaia-ESO Survey spectroscopy. We find that the young stars have significantly hotter kinematics than the pre-stellar cores previously studied.
Posted May 11th, 2017
Paper published: OB star population in Carina from VPHAS+
Using deep optical photometry from the VST Photometric H-Alpha Survey we present a census of over 10,000 OB stars across Carina, for which spectroscopy shows a 97% success rate of identifying OB stars using photometry alone.
Posted February 27th, 2017
Paper published: Proper motion study of Cygnus OB2
We present a high precision proper motion study of the massive OB association Cyg OB2 that for the first time reveals the inner kinemtics of the association, reveals considerable kinematic substructure and constrains its past structural evolution.
Posted November 16th, 2016

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