Adrian John Barker

Northwestern University
Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics
Dearborn Observatory, Rm 21.
2131 Tech Drive
Evanston IL 60208, USA
email: barker[DOT]adrian[AT]northwestern[DOT]edu
alternative email: adrianjohnbarker[AT]gmail[DOT]com

I am a CIERA Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Exploration in Astrophysics, Northwestern University, USA, where I carry out research in Theoretical Astrophysics. A current CV is here.

Research Interests

Extrasolar planets, tidal interactions in planetary and close binary systems, stellar oscillations, waves in rotating and stratified fluids, instabilities and turbulence, numerical hydrodynamics and magnetohydrodynamics, other topics in astrophysical and geophysical fluid dynamics.

Education & Employment

September 2011–Present: CIERA Fellow, Northwestern University, Evanston IL, USA.
Independent research fellowship in Astrophysics with interdisciplinary connections.

February 2011– September 2011: Postdoctoral Research Associate at DAMTP, University of Cambridge.
Worked briefly with Michael Proctor & Nigel Weiss on magnetic buoyancy instabilities in the Sun.

Ph.D. Theoretical Astrophysics, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, October 2007–January 2011
Thesis title: "Tidal interactions between planets and stars", supervised by Gordon Ogilvie.

MPhys. Theoretical Physics, University of Leeds, 2003–2007


You can find an up to date list of my publications on ADS, each manuscript being made freely available for download on astro-ph.


A.J. Barker, L.J. Silvers, M.R.E. Proctor & N.O. Weiss: "Magnetic buoyancy instabilities in the presence of magnetic flux pumping at the base of the solar convection zone" (2012, MNRAS, 424, 115)
A.J. Barker & G.I. Ogilvie: "Stability analysis of a tidally excited internal gravity wave near the centre of a solar-type star"(2011, MNRAS, 417, 745)
A.J. Barker: "Three-dimensional simulations of internal wave breaking and the fate of planets around solar-type stars"(2011, MNRAS, 414, 1365)
A.J. Barker & G.I. Ogilvie: "On internal wave breaking and tidal dissipation near the centre of a solar-type star" (2010, MNRAS, 404, 1849)
A.J. Barker & G.I. Ogilvie: "On the tidal evolution of Hot Jupiters on inclined orbits" (2009, MNRAS, 395, 2268)
S. Van Loo, S.A.E.G. Falle, T.W. Hartquist & A.J. Barker: "The effect of ambipolar resistivity on the formation of dense cores"(2008, A&A, 484, 275)

Proceedings & Published Abstracts

A.J. Barker & G.I. Ogilvie: "Internal gravity waves and tidal dissipation in solar-type stars"(2011, American Astronomical Society, ESS 2, 34.03)
A.J. Barker & G.I. Ogilvie: "Internal wave breaking and the fate of planets around solar-type stars"(2011, Proceedings IAU Symposium 271)
A.J. Barker & G.I. Ogilvie: "Internal wave breaking and the fate of planets around solar-type stars"(2010, American Astronomical Society, DDA 41 4.06.)
A.J. Barker & G.I. Ogilvie: "Effects of Magnetic Braking & Tidal Friction on Hot Jupiters"(2009, Proceedings IAU Symposium 259)

Last update: 13th Sept 2012