School of Physics and Astronomy

Dr Martin Archer

Martin

Outreach Officer

Email: m.archer@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: 0207 882 6963
Room Number: G. O. Jones Building, Room 109
Website: http://www.martinarcher.co.uk/

Research

Research Interests:

While Earth’s magnetic field acts a barrier to the solar wind, forming a magnetosphere with accompanying bow shock, this is a highly dynamic and non-linear process with many complicated feedback mechanisms, which can result in technological, economic and societal repercussions known as space weather. My research career has focused on these dynamical processes, investigating their origins, properties and consequences.

I am also interested in how to undertake engaged research across various fields of physics, including new models of citizen science or collaborative research projects with schools/public, making scientific data more accessible through methods such as sonification, and evidencing who engages with physics, why, and how we can reach those outside of the scientific echo chamber (see public engagement section for more).

Funding

Ogden Trust (2018-2021) Ogden Outreach Officer programme £80,000

Ogden Trust (2018) Summer Student Internship £2,100

STFC Public Engagement Spark Award (2017-2019) SSFX Space Sound Effects £17,550

Ogden Trust (2017) Summer Student Internship £2,100

EGU Public Engagement Grant (2017-2019) SSFX Space Sound Effects €1,000

QMUL Centre for Public Engagement Large Awards (2016-2017) Space Sound Effects (SSFX) Short Film Competition £6,250

STFC Public Engagement Small Award (2016-2019) Cosmic Ray Muon Research in Schools £8,500

SEPnet Impact Grant (2016) Schools Web-app £5,000

QMUL OFFA Award (2016) Research in Schools £6,000

QMUL OFFA Award (2016) Schools Web-app £2,000

QMUL Centre for Public Engagement Large Awards (2015-2016) Cosmic Ray Muon Research in Schools £2,000

STFC Science in Society Small Award (2011) DJ Physics £4,600

 

Publications

2019

Archer, M.O., H. Hietala, M.D. Hartinger, F. Plaschke, V. Angelopoulos (2019). Direct Observations Of A Surface Eigenmode Of The Dayside Magnetopause’. Nature Communications, 10, 615. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-08134-5

2018

Archer, M. O., M.D. Hartinger, R. Redmon, V. Angelopoulos, B.M. Walsh, & Eltham Hill School Year 12 Physics students (2018). First results from sonification and exploratory citizen science of magnetospheric ULF waves: Long‐lasting decreasing‐frequency poloidal field line resonances following geomagnetic storms. Space Weather, 16, 1753-1769. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018SW001988

Palmroth, M, H. Hietala, F. Plaschke, M. Archer, T. Karlsson, X. Blanco-Cano, D. Sibeck, P. Kajdic, U. Ganse, Y. Pfau-Kempf, M. Battarbee, L. Turc (2018).  Magnetosheath jet properties and evolution as determined by a global hybrid-Vlasov simulation. Ann Geophys, 36, 1171-1182. https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-36-1171-2018 

Plaschke, F., H. Hietala, M. Archer et al. Space Sci Rev (2018). Jets downstream of collisionless shocks. Space Sci. Rev., 214:81. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11214-018-0516-3 

Karlsson, T., F. Plaschke, H. Hietala, M. Archer, X. Blanco-Cano, P. Kajdic, P.-A. Lindqvist, G. Marklund, & D. Gershman. Investigating the anatomy of magnetosheath jets - MMS observations. Ann. Geophys., 36, 655-677. https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-36-655-2018 

Hietala, H., Phan, T. D., Angelopoulos, V., Oieroset, M., Archer, M. O., Karlsson, T., & Plaschke, F. ( 2018). In situ observations of a magnetosheath high‐speed jet triggering magnetopause reconnection. Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 1732– 1740. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017GL076525 

2017

Plaschke, F., Karlsson, T., Hietala, H., Archer, M., Vörös, Z., Nakamura, R., … Giles, B. L. (2017). Magnetosheath high‐speed jets: Internal structure and interaction with ambient plasma. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 122, 10,157–10,175. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017JA024471 

Archer, M.O. (2017) So you're looking to run a research in schools project? Practical tips from the evaluation of a pilot programme. SEPnet Report. https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.25674.06088 

Archer, M. O., Hartinger, M. D., Walsh, B. M., and Angelopoulos, V. (2017), Magnetospheric and solar wind dependences of coupled fast‐mode resonances outside the plasmasphere, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 122, 212– 226, doi:10.1002/2016JA023428.

2015

Archer, M. O., Hartinger, M. D., Walsh, B. M., Plaschke, F., and Angelopoulos, V. (2015), Frequency variability of standing Alfvén waves excited by fast mode resonances in the outer magnetosphere, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 10,150– 10,159, doi:10.1002/2015GL066683.

Palmroth, M., et al. ( 2015), ULF foreshock under radial IMF: THEMIS observations and global kinetic simulation Vlasiator results compared, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 120, 8782– 8798, doi:10.1002/2015JA021526.

Archer, M.O., T.S. Horbury, P. Brown, J.P. Eastwood, T.M. Oddy, B.J. Whiteside, & J.G. Sample (2015). The MAGIC of CINEMA: first in-flight results from a miniaturised anisotropic magnetoresistive magnetometer. Ann. Geophys., 33, 725-735, 2015 https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-33-725-2015 

Archer, M. O., and Plaschke, F. (2015), What frequencies of standing surface waves can the subsolar magnetopause support?. J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 120, 3632– 3646. doi:10.1002/2014JA020545.

Hartinger, MD, Plaschke, F, Archer, MO, Welling, DT, Moldwin, MB, and Ridley, A (2015), The global structure and time evolution of dayside magnetopause surface eigenmodes. Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 2594– 2602. doi:10.1002/2015GL063623.

Archer, M.O., D.L. Turner, J.P. Eastwood, S.J. Schwartz, T.S. Horbury (2015). Global impacts of a Foreshock Bubble: Magnetosheath, magnetopause and ground-based observations. Planetary and Space Science, 106, 56-55. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pss.2014.11.026

Public Engagement

I have been a leader in developing innovative and impactful engagement activities for over 10 years. I used my previous position as a Kiss FM DJ/presenter (2007-2013) to develop ‘WiiJing’ and ‘DJ Physics’, both showcasing research physics principles applied to DJing which toured the country. I have a long history of working with media (inter)nationally, both broadcast (BBC, ITV, Discovery, Sky, CNN) and online (BBC, Vsauce), serving as a writer, consultant and presenter on various science series (including my own YouTube series) reaching hundreds of millions.

In recent years I have converted NOAA satellite data into audible sound. This has been used as the basis of aninternational film festival, engaging filmmakers to produce creative works which have attracted non-science audiences around the world at over 800 events.

It has also been used in engaged research projects with schools, where students experience research by listening to the data and analysing them in audio software. This has already resulted in unepxtected scientific findings which have been published. These projects fall under a framework (Physics Research in School Environments, PRiSE) I have developed at QMUL which has successfully been raising the aspirations of students and changing teaching practice across 50 London schools thus far through various 6-month long projects.

I am also often invited to contribute to various other engagement events such as talks, stage shows and panel discussions. All of the above work has been recognised through numerous competitive awards.

Performance

QMUL Engagement & Enterprise Awards 2019, Public Engagement Involve Award: MUSICS (Magnetospheric Undulations Sonified Incorporating Citizen Scientists)

NASA Research Highlight: Archer et al. (2019) Nature Communications 10 615

NASA THEMIS Research Highlight: Archer et al. (2019) Nature Communications 10 615

Space Weather Editor Highlight: Archer et al. (2018) Space Weather 16 1753-1769

NOAA Research Highlight: Archer et al. (2018) Space Weather 16 1753-1769

NASA THEMIS Research Highlight: Archer et al. (2018) Space Weather 16 1753-1769

QMUL Engagement & Enterprise Awards 2018, Media Relations Best Comment/Opinion Piece: ‘So you want to build the Death Star? Here’s how to get started’

QMUL Engagement & Enterprise Awards 2018, Public Engagement Interact Award: SSFX (Space Sound Effects) Short Film Festival (Highly Commended)

SEPnet Public Engagement Awards 2017, Impact Project Award: Physics Research in Schools

SEPnet Public Engagement Awards 2017, Innovation Project Award: SSFX (Space Sound Effects) Short Film Festival (Highly Commended)

QMUL Engagement & Enterprise Awards 2017, Public Engagement Inspire Award: Physics Research in Schools Programme (Highly Commended)

International Space Sciences Institute invited team member: Jets Downstream of Collisionless Shocks (2015-2018)

World Digital Media Awards 2014, Best Use of Online Video: BBC How to Put a Human on Mars

European Digital Media Awards 2014, Best Use of Online Video: BBC How to Put a Human on Mars

NASA THEMIS Mission Research Highlight 2013: Archer et al. (2013) Geophys. Res. Lett. 40 5003

NASA THEMIS Mission Research Highlight 2013: Archer & Horbury (2013) Ann. Geophys. 31 319

Outstanding Student Paper Award, Space Physics & Aeronomy, AGU Fall Meeting 2012

Callendar Prize 2006, Imperial College London

Imperial College Union Half Colours 2006

Royal College of Science Association Prize 2005