Bio


I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the W. W. Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory at Stanford University, and a Mentor at the NASA Frontier Development Lab.

Prior to coming to Stanford, I completed my PhD at the University of Glasgow under the supervision of Dr Iain G. Hannah. My PhD research concentrated on one of the unsolved problems in Heliophysics—the coronal heating problem. During my PhD I gained expertise in numerous time-series analysis techniques and methods for recovering the differential emission measure (an ill-posed inverse problem) from a wide range of spectroscopic and narrowband data. I am a member of the NuSTAR heliophysics working group and I led the analysis of the first solar flare observed by the NuSTAR hard X-ray astrophysics imaging spectrometer. I have also developed a stellar flare detection algorithm based on the observations obtained by the Kepler space telescope to determine the superflare rate of the Sun.

Professional Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow, Physics (2019)
  • Master of Physics, University of Southampton, Physics with Astrophysics with a Year Abroad (2014)

Stanford Advisors


All Publications


  • A Machine-learning Data Set Prepared from the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory Mission ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL SUPPLEMENT SERIES Galvez, R., Fouhey, D. F., Jin, M., Szenicer, A., Munoz-Jaramillo, A., Cheung, M. M., Wright, P. J., Bobra, M. G., Liu, Y., Mason, J., Thomas, R. 2019; 242 (1)
  • Microflare Heating of a Solar Active Region Observed with NuSTAR, Hinode/XRT, and SDO/AIA ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL Wright, P. J., Hannah, I. G., Grefenstette, B. W., Glesener, L., Krucker, S., Hudson, H. S., Smith, D. M., Marsh, A. J., White, S. M., Kuhar, M. 2017; 844 (2)
  • First &ITNuSTAR&IT Limits on Quiet Sun Hard X-Ray Transient Events ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL Marsh, A. J., Smith, D. M., Glesener, L., Hannah, I. G., Grefenstette, B. W., Caspi, A., Knicker, S., Hudson, H. S., Madsen, K. K., White, S. M., Kuhar, M., Wright, P. J., Boggs, S. E., Christensen, F. E., Craig, W. W., Hailey, C. J., Harrison, F. A., Stern, D., Zhang, W. W. 2017; 849 (2)
  • Observations of Reconnection Flows in a Flare on the Solar Disk ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL LETTERS Wang, J., Simoes, P. A., Jeffrey, N. S., Fletcher, L., Wright, P. J., Hannah, I. G. 2017; 847 (1)
  • EVIDENCE OF SIGNIFICANT ENERGY INPUT IN THE LATE PHASE OF A SOLAR FLARE FROM NuSTAR X-RAY OBSERVATIONS ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL Kuhar, M., Krucker, S., Hannah, I. G., Glesener, L., Saint-Hilaire, P., Grefenstette, B. W., Hudson, H. S., White, S. M., Smith, D. M., Marsh, A. J., Wright, P. J., Boggs, S. E., Christensen, F. E., Craig, W. W., Hailey, C. J., Harrison, F. A., Stern, D., Zhang, W. W. 2017; 835 (1)