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Anna Heffernan

Postdoc Research Fellow Lvl Ii

School Of Mathematics & Statistics

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Email: anna.heffernan@ucd.ie

Biography

I am currently a Marie Curie fellow at University of Florida and University College Dublin.  My research involves using analytical perturbative methods in black hole physics, alternative theories of gravity as well as more experimental gravitation like that required for global navigation satellite systems.  Previous to my current position, I worked as a research fellow in fundamental physics at the European Space Agency, in their Advanced Concepts team - a think tank for ESA which seeks to identify and research scientific developments that can or will impact future space systems.

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2015.
Title: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellowship
Year: 2015.
Title: Winners of Global Trajectory Optimization Competition
Year: 2013.
Title: Institute of Physics Gravitational Physics Group Thesis Prize
Year: 2012.
Title: Short Term Scientific Mission for Black Holes in a Violent Universe
Year: 2012.
Title: CR Barber Trust Grant
Year: 2012.
Title: Research Student Conference Fund
Year: 2006.
Title: Marie Curie Grant
Year: 2005.
Title: IRCSET Postgraduate Scholarship
           

Employment

Employer: European Space Agency
Position: Research Fellow in Fundamental Physics

Education

Year 2003 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BSc. (1st Class) Hons. - 1st place in program Subject: Theoretical Physics
Year 2004 Institution: Imperial College London
Qualification: MSc (With Distinction) Subject: Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces
Year 2013 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject: General Relativity
   

Outreach Activities

ESA Advanced Concepts Team research fellow interviews: http://www.esa.int/About_Us/Careers_at_ESA/Post_doc_videos_the_ACT_think-tank
Participant in Space Girls Space Women: http://www.spacewomen.org/
   

Publications

     

Peer Reviewed Journals

Heffernan, A,Ottewill, A,Wardell, B (2012) 'High-order expansions of the Detweiler-Whiting singular field in Schwarzschild spacetime'. Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 86 :104023. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Heffernan, A, Ottewill, A.C and Wardell, B (2014) 'High-order expansions of the Detweiler-Whiting singular field in Kerr spacetime'. Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 89 :024030. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
 

Conference Publications

Izzo, D; Hennes, D; Märtens, M; Getzner, I; Nowak, K; Heffernan, A; Campagnola, S; Yam, CH; Ozaki, N; Sugimoto, Y (2016) GTOC8: Results and Methods of ESA Advanced Concepts Team and JAXA-ISAS 26th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Napa, CA. Paper AAS 16-275 Available Online [Details]
                                                                                         

Research

Research Interests

My research involves using analytical perturbative methods in black hole physics, alternative theories of gravity as well as more experimental gravitation like that required for global navigation satellite systems.
 

Recent Postgraduates

Christopher Gerekos - Intern/stagaire at European Space Agency Advanced Concepts Team