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Dr Murray Sciffer

Casual Academic

School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (Physics)

Career Summary

Biography

The focus of my research has been on understanding and developing mathematical models which simulate the Earths ionosphere reaction to incident ULF Alfven waves. It has also focused on how these waves interact with other regions in the magnetosphere such as on the ground and from the magnetosphere. These regions of the magnetosphere are a coupled and connected system, feeding back upon one another. The geometry of the background magnetic field as well as different boundary interactions play a significant role in governing ULF wave behavior and hence affect on space weather.

Aside from development of these models, experimental data both from Radar and ground based magnetometers have been used to verify the results from these models. I am a firm believer in verifying model prediction with experimental evidences where applicable. My work on the ionospheric boundary in the presence of an oblique magnetic field as well as the effect of ionospheric conductivity in this realistic scenario has promoted others in the field to pursue there own work in the area.

Upon the awarding of my PhD from the University of Newcastle in August 1998 I was employed under a variety of ARC grants by the Centre for Space Physics at Newcastle as a full time postdoctoral research associate. In January 2002 I left my academic career for personal reasons and was overseas in the United States involved in a non research related field.

Returning in May 2002 I have been continually employed on a casual basis by the University of Newcastle in wide variety of lecturing and teaching positions. However this has severely limited my ability to pursue my research interests due to the hours committed to this casual teaching. Teaching has occupied as much as seven hundred face-to face hours plus the associated preparation and marking time for the last four years. In spite of this I have managed to pursue my research interest as my time and funding allows.

Research Expertise
For the last eight years I have been employed in a research capacity in the Centre for Space Physics Group at the University of Newcastle. One of the groups major research interests is the propagation of ultra low frequency (ULF) waves. The majority of my research activity in these years has been in the development of both analytic and numerical models describing the propagation of ULF waves through the earths ionosphere and to its surface. This work has attracted significant attention from specialists in the area, as it examines the influences of the declination of the earths geomagnetic field on ULF wave propagation, a factor which has long been recognised, although all-but ignored until now.

The modelling and theoretical predictions in both the numerical and analytical models are essential if this geophysical feature is to be included in the existing theory and models. The modelling results show the importance of the declination of earths geomagnetic field and the impact this has on observed data. A better understanding of the effects of such an oblique magnetic field will aid ground-based diagnostics of magnetospheric dynamics, - an important part of space weather monitoring.

The numerical model for ULF wave propagation is also used in another area of research in which I have been involved. The propagation of HF (3-30 MHz) signals via the ionosphere has been studied since the advent of radio. At these frequencies, the properties of the ionospheric plasma cause the signal to be continually refracted which makes long distance communications possible yet very dependent on ionospheric parameters. The propagation path in the ionosphere is determined by the signal frequency and the mediums refractive index. Any time-variation in the refractive index will also vary the propagation path, giving rise to a Doppler frequency shift of the HF signal. Changes in the refractive index due to ULF (1-100 mHz) waves incident from the top side ionosphere may be examined via a combination of the ULF and an HF model which has been developed at Newcastle.

I am further improving the ionospheric and MHD models and extending them into two and then three dimensions. This will be the subject of an ARC discovery grant proposal I will submit for funding in 2008. I believe that this will advance our understanding of the coupled Magnetospheric - Ionospheric - Ground system. It will help interpret the data collected by ground magnetometers, SuperDARN radars and Satellites. This will then improve the long range forecasting of space weather.

Teaching Expertise
During the last fifteen years I have enjoyed teaching and tutoring to students at the University of Newcastle in a range of subjects. These subjects have included many topics in mathematics and physics. I have conducted tutorial in both mathematics and physics as well as laboratory work in physics. I taught the Open Foundation Course Science Mathematics, for a number of years, as well as a number of other university courses in mathematics (for B Eng, B Maths, B Ed and B Sc students). I have had the pleasure to teach a group of Thai secondary teachers in mathematical modelling (equivalent to a course at 2nd year university), as part of a development program for these teachers.

At the time I began my post-doctoral work with the Physics Department at Newcastle University in 1998, I also commenced lecturing and tutoring in the departments courses. My lecturing has included many of the first year physics courses the department offers, as well some third and fourth year offerings. For a number of years I conducted a fourth year course in Space Physics, a subject closely related to my research area. I have lectured in Phys1200, 1210 and 1220 at the Ourimbah and Callaghan campus of the University of Newcastle. As one of the primary lecturers for this subject I was responsible for course content, examination, progress assessment, and preparation of the components of the course as well as laboratories, which are a vital part of the subject. I have also lectured and undertaken laboratory demonstrations for Occupational Health and Safety students at Callaghan Campus. This subject examined safety issues which arise in the work place and emphasised how physics may be applied to their resolution.

Currently I am the physics lecturer and coordinator for the English Language and Foundations Studies Centre (ELFSC) at the University of Newcastle. This role involves preparation and delivery of physics courses for international and mature-age-entry students. Included in this work are demonstrations and the supervision of physics laboratories for the international students.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Mathematics (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Computational Simulations
  • Enabling Education
  • Ionospheric Physics
  • Magnetospheric Physics
  • Numerical Modeling
  • Postgraduate Physics
  • Solar Physics
  • Undergradate Physics
  • Undergraduate Mathematics

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
040499Geophysics not elsewhere classified10
020199Astronomical and Space Sciences not elsewhere classified90

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/03/2015 - 27/03/2015Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Australia
2/02/2015 - 24/07/2015Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia
5/01/2015 - 15/12/2015Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia
24/02/2014 - 14/03/2014Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Australia
1/01/2014 - 19/12/2014LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia
10/02/2010 - 18/02/2010Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre
Australia
9/02/2009 - 20/02/2009Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre
Australia
1/02/2007 - 31/12/2007Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre
Australia
6/10/2006 - 8/12/2006Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia
6/10/2006 - 8/12/2006Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia
31/07/2006 - 15/12/2006Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia
24/07/2006 - 15/12/2006Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia
19/06/2006 - 22/06/2006Lab DemonstratorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia
12/06/2006 - 19/12/2006Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia
1/02/2006 - 31/12/2006Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre
Australia
13/11/2002 - 13/12/2002Research AssociateUniversity of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia
22/07/2002 - 13/09/2002Research AssociateUniversity of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia
1/01/2002 - 11/01/2002Research AssociateUniversity of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia
1/06/2000 - 30/06/2000Research AssociateUniversity of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia
16/02/1998 - 30/05/1998Research Assistant - PhysicsUniversity of Newcastle
Science and Mathematics
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/1993 - 1/02/2008Lecturer University of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (23 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Menk F, Kale Z, Sciffer M, Robinson P, Waters C, Grew R, et al., 'Remote sensing the plasmasphere, plasmapause, plumes and other features using ground-based magnetometers', Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate, 4 (2014) [C1]

The plasmapause is a highly dynamic boundary between different magnetospheric particle populations and convection regimes. Some of the most important space weather processes involve wave-particle interactions in this region, but wave properties may also be used to remote sense the plasmasphere and plasmapause, contributing to plasmasphere models. This paper discusses the use of existing ground magnetometer arrays for such remote sensing. Using case studies we illustrate measurement of plasmapause location, shape and movement during storms; refilling of flux tubes within and outside the plasmasphere; storm-time increase in heavy ion concentration near the plasmapause; and detection and mapping of density irregularities near the plasmapause, including drainage plumes, biteouts and bulges. We also use a 2D MHD model of wave propagation through the magnetosphere, incorporating a realistic ionosphere boundary and Alfvén speed profile, to simulate ground array observations of power and cross-phase spectra, hence confirming the signatures of plumes and other density structures.

DOI10.1051/swsc/2014030
Co-authorsColin Waters, Fred Menk
2014Ogburn DX, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Hogan JA, Abbott PC, 'A finite difference construction of the spheroidal wave functions', COMPUTER PHYSICS COMMUNICATIONS, 185 244-253 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.cpc.2013.07.024Author URL
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsColin Waters, Jeff Hogan
2013Lysak RL, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, 'Modeling of the ionospheric Alfven resonator in dipolar geometry', Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 118 1514-1528 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1002/jgra.50090Author URL
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 5
Co-authorsColin Waters
2013Waters CL, Lysak RL, Sciffer MD, 'On the coupling of fast and shear Alfven wave modes by the ionospheric Hall conductance', Earth Planets and Space, 65 385-396 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.5047/eps.2012.08.002Author URL
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsColin Waters
2013Marshall RA, Gorniak H, Van der Walt T, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Miller M, et al., 'Observations of geomagnetically induced currents in the Australian power network', Space Weather, 11 6-16 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1029/2012SW000849Author URL
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsColin Waters
2011Marshall RA, Smith EA, Francis MJ, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, 'A preliminary risk assessment of the Australian region power network to space weather', Space Weather, 9 S10004 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 10Web of Science - 7
Co-authorsColin Waters
2011Sciffer MD, Waters CL, 'Relationship between ULF wave mode mix, equatorial electric fields, and ground magnetometer data', Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics, 116 1-11 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1029/2010JA016307
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsColin Waters
2010Marshall RA, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, 'Spectral analysis of pipe-to-soil potentials with variations of the Earth's magnetic field in the Australian region', Space Weather - The International Journal of Research and Applications, 8 1-13 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1029/2009SW000553
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsColin Waters
2009Morley SK, Ables ST, Sciffer MD, Fraser BJ, 'Multipoint observations of Pc1-2 waves in the afternoon sector', Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics, 114 1-14 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1029/2009ja014162
CitationsScopus - 26Web of Science - 23
Co-authorsBrian Fraser
2008Waters CL, Sciffer MD, 'Field line resonant frequencies and ionospheric conductance: Results from a 2-D MHD model', Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics, 113 A05219 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1029/2007ja012822
CitationsScopus - 12Web of Science - 11
Co-authorsColin Waters
2008Obana Y, Menk FW, Sciffer MD, Waters CL, 'Quarter-wave modes of standing Alfven waves detected by cross-phase analysis', Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics, 113 A08203 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1029/2007ja012917
CitationsScopus - 9Web of Science - 10
Co-authorsFred Menk, Colin Waters
2007Waters CL, Yeoman TK, Sciffer MD, Ponomarenko P, Wright DM, 'Modulation of radio frequency signals by ULF waves', Annales Geophysicae, 25 1113-1124 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.5194/angeo-25-1113-2007
CitationsScopus - 9Web of Science - 8
Co-authorsColin Waters
2005Ponomarenko P, Menk FW, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, 'Pc3-4 ULF waves observed by the SuperDARN TIGER radar', Annales Geophysicae, 23 1271-1280 (2005) [C1]
DOI10.5194/angeo-23-1271-2005
CitationsScopus - 18Web of Science - 18
Co-authorsColin Waters, Fred Menk
2005Sciffer MD, Waters CL, Menk FW, 'A numerical model to investigate the polarisation azimuth of ULF waves through an ionosphere with oblique magnetic fields', Annales Geophysicae, 23 3457-3471 (2005) [C1]
DOI10.5194/angeo-23-3457-2005
CitationsScopus - 20Web of Science - 19
Co-authorsFred Menk, Colin Waters
2004Sciffer MD, Waters CL, Menk FW, 'Propagation of ULF waves through the ionosphere: Inductive effect for oblique magnetic fields', ANNALES GEOPHYSICAE, 22 1155-1169 (2004) [C1]
DOI10.5194/angeo-22-1155-2004
CitationsScopus - 23Web of Science - 27
Co-authorsColin Waters, Fred Menk
2002Sciffer MD, Waters CL, 'Propagation of ULF waves through the ionosphere: Analytic solutions for oblique magnetic fields', Journal of Geophysical Research, 107 1-14 (2002) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 27Web of Science - 29
Co-authorsColin Waters
2001Ponomarenko P, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Fraser BJ, Samson JC, 'Spatial Structure of ULF Waves: Comparison of Magnetometer and Super Dual Auroral Radar Network Data', Journal of Geophysical Research, 106 10509-10517 (2001) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 15Web of Science - 16
Co-authorsBrian Fraser, Colin Waters
2001Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Fraser BJ, Brand K, Foulkes KM, Menk FW, et al., 'The phase structure of very low latitude ULF waves across dawn', Journal of Geophysical Research, 106 15599 (2001) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 8
Co-authorsFred Menk, Colin Waters, Brian Fraser
2001Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Dunlop IS, Menk FW, 'HF Doppler oscillations due to mixed ULF wave modes', ANARE Reports, 146 369-382 (2001)
Co-authorsFred Menk, Colin Waters
1999Sciffer MD, 'Magnetic structures in the solar atmosphere', BULLETIN OF THE AUSTRALIAN MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY, 59 347-348 (1999)
Author URL
1996Sciffer M, 'Quasi-static evolution in multiple arcades', SOLAR PHYSICS, 166 173-193 (1996)
Author URL
1996Sciffer MD, Wood WP, 'The behaviour of neutral lines in two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic equilibria', SOLAR PHYSICS, 166 317-331 (1996)
DOI10.1007/BF00149402Author URL
1995SCIFFER MD, WOOD WP, 'MIXING IN LOW-RATE FLOWS', MATHEMATICAL AND COMPUTER MODELLING, 21 19-27 (1995)
DOI10.1016/0895-7177(94)00211-6Author URL
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Conference (74 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Menk FW, Sciffer MD, Dupont M, Townsend C, 'Effect of ionospheric electron density on the amplitude of field line resonances', Abstracts of the 2012 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francsisco, CA (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsFred Menk
2012Lysak RL, Song Y, Sciffer MD, Waters CL, Sciffer GD, 'Propagation of Pi2 pulsations in the inner magnetosphere', Abstracts of the 2012 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2011Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Robinson PJ, Menk FW, Mann I, 'Remote sensing plasma mass density in the vicinity of the plasmapause using ULF waves', Earth on the Edge - Science For A Sustainable Planet: IUGG XXV General Assembly Online Abstract Proceedings, Melbourne (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters, Fred Menk
2011Sciffer MD, Waters CL, Lysak R, 'On the use of absorbing boundaries in modeling ULF waves in the magnetosphere', Earth on the Edge - Science For A Sustainable Planet: IUGG XXV General Assembly Online Abstract Proceedings, Melbourne (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2011Sciffer MD, Waters CL, 'Relating ULF wave equatorial electric and ground magnetic fields', Earth on the Edge - Science For A Sustainable Planet: IUGG XXV General Assembly Online Abstract Proceedings, Melbourne (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2011Obana Y, Yoshikawa I, Menk FW, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Yoshikawa A, et al., 'A study of latitudinal distribution of quarter-wave ULF pulsations', Earth on the Edge - Science For A Sustainable Planet: IUGG XXV General Assembly Online Abstract Proceedings, Melbourne (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsFred Menk, Colin Waters
2011Norouzi Sedeh L, Waters CL, Ponomarenko P, Sciffer MD, 'ULF wave propogation influences on Ionospheric doppler velocity variation modeling', Earth on the Edge - Science For A Sustainable Planet: IUGG XXV General Assembly Online Abstract Proceedings, Melbourne (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2011Lysak RL, Sciffer MD, Waters CL, 'Modeling the ionospheric Alfven resonator in a dipole geometry with a distributed ionosphere', Abstracts. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2011, San Francisco, California (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2011Ables ST, Sciffer MD, Fraser BJ, Morley S, 'Pc1-2 ULF waves associated with the open-closed Polar Cap boundary', Earth on the Edge - Science For A Sustainable Planet: IUGG XXV General Assembly Online Abstract Proceedings, Melbourne (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsBrian Fraser
2010Menk FW, Obana Y, Sciffer MD, Yoshikawa A, Yoshikawa I, Moldwin M, et al., 'Quarter wave field line resonances: Variation with latitude', 38th COSPAR Scientific Assembly 2010, Bremen, Germany (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsFred Menk
2010Smith E, Marshall R, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, 'A risk assessment of space weather effects on the Australian Power Network', 10th Australian Science Conference. Programme and Abstracts, Brisbane, QLD (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2010Yang H, Fraser BJ, Sciffer MD, 'Wave induced particle precipitation using test-particle simulations', 10th Australian Science Conference. Programme and Abstracts, Brisbane, QLD (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsBrian Fraser
2010Obana Y, Yoshikawa I, Menk FW, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Yoshikawa A, et al., 'Multipoint observation of quarter-wave length, standing Alfven modes', 2010 AGU Fall Meeting. Program and Abstracts, San Francisco, CA (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsFred Menk, Colin Waters
2010Obana Y, Menk FW, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Yoshikawa A, Yoshikawa I, et al., 'Quarter-wave modes of standing Alfvn waves detected by cross-phase analysis: Latitudinal distribution', 2010 Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting. Abstracts, Taipei, Taiwan (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsFred Menk, Colin Waters
2010Sciffer MD, Waters CL, Lysak R, 'Estimating equatorial ultra low frequency wave electric fields from the ground', 19th Australian Institute of Physics Congress. Extended Abstracts and Refereed Full Papers, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2010Ables ST, Sciffer MD, Freeland LE, Fraser BJ, 'Ultra-low frequency waves and auroral emissions in the polar cap', 19th Australian Institute of Physics Congress. Extended Abstracts and Refereed Full Papers, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsBrian Fraser
2010Sciffer MD, Ables ST, Waters CL, Inness EK, Fraser BJ, 'The effects of geomagnetic field line curvature and torsion on resonant frequencies at high latitudes', Proceedings of the 9th Australian Space Science Conference, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E1]
Co-authorsColin Waters, Brian Fraser
2010Ables ST, Sciffer MD, Fraser BJ, 'A study of polar cap Pc1-2: Source locations and wave propagation', Proceedings of the 9th Australian Space Science Conference, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E1]
Co-authorsBrian Fraser
2010Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Lysak RL, 'FDTD modeling of ULF waves in the magnetosphere and ionosphere', Proceedings of the 2010 International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications, ICEAA'10, Sydney, Australia (2010) [E1]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2009Marshall R, Patterson G, Kennewell J, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, 'Development and application of geomagnetic indices at the Australian Space Forecast Center', IAGA 2009 Programme, Sopron, Hungary (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2009Sciffer MD, Waters CL, Ables ST, Inness EK, Fraser BJ, 'Geomagnetic topological effects on high latitude field line resonances', IAGA 2009 Programme, Sopron, Hungary (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsBrian Fraser, Colin Waters
2009Ables ST, Sciffer MD, Fraser BJ, Morley S, 'Sources and sinks: A study of polar cap Pc1-2', Presenters, Abstracts, and Papers: 9th Australian Space Science Conference, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsBrian Fraser
2009Sciffer MD, Ables ST, Waters CL, Fraser BJ, 'The longitudinal effects of geomagnetic field line curvature and torsion on resonant frequencies near the open-closed boundary', Presenters, Abstracts, and Papers: 9th Australian Space Science Conference, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters, Brian Fraser
2009Lysak RL, Song Y, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, 'Propagation of kinetic Alfven waves at the plasma sheet boundary layer', EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2009Ponomarenko P, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Menk FW, 'Nighttime ULF activity near the plasmapause observed by TIGER and Unwin radars', SuperDARN 2009 Workshop Proceedings: Book of Abstracts, Cargese, Corsica (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsFred Menk, Colin Waters
2008Fraser BJ, Morley SK, Menk FW, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Ponomarenko P, Ables ST, 'University of Newcastle: Activities in space research', Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) 18th National Congress incorporating the 27th AINSE Plasma Science Conference: Program & Abstract Book, Adelaide, SA (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsFred Menk, Colin Waters, Brian Fraser
2008Morley SK, Ables ST, Sciffer MD, Fraser BJ, 'Multipoint observations of Pc1-2 waves in the dusk sector', Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) 18th National Congress incorporating the 27th AINSE Plasma Science Conference: Program & Abstract Book, Adelaide, SA (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsBrian Fraser
2008Fraser BJ, Morley SK, Menk FW, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Ponomarenko P, Ables ST, 'Space physics research at the University of Newcastle', Presenters, Abstracts, and Papers: 8th Australian Space Science Conference, Canberra, ACT (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters, Brian Fraser, Fred Menk
2008Sciffer MD, Waters CL, 'Results from a MHD model of ultra low frequency waves in the magnetosphere with realistic ionospheric conductances', Proceedings of the 7th Australian Space Science Conference, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E1]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2008Sciffer MD, Waters CL, Green DL, 'ULF wave mode coupling by the ionosphere: Results from a MHD model', EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, Cairns, QLD (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2008Ables ST, Morley SK, Sciffer MD, Fraser BJ, 'Multipoint observations of Pc1-2 waves associated with a cold plasma density enhancement', EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsBrian Fraser
2008Menk FW, Obana Y, Sciffer MD, Waters CL, 'Observations and modelling of quater-wavelength mode standing Alfven waves', EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, Cairns, QLD (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsFred Menk, Colin Waters
2008Green DL, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, 'ULF wave propagation in near-earth space: Initial results from a 3-D ideal MHD simulation', EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, Cairns, QLD (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2008Marshall RA, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, 'Spectral analysis of pipe-to-soil potentials with variations of the geomagnetic field in the Australian region', EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, Cairns, QLD (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2008Ables ST, Sciffer MD, Inness EK, Fraser BJ, Waters CL, 'ULF wave Eigenfrequencies of distorted geomagnetic field lines', EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, Cairns, QLD (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsBrian Fraser, Colin Waters
2008Sciffer MD, Ables ST, Waters CL, Inness EK, Fraser BJ, 'The effects of geomagnetic field line geometry on resonant frequencies near the open-closed boundary', EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsBrian Fraser, Colin Waters
2007Sciffer MD, Waters CL, 'A model for studying the effect of ionospheric conductivity on the location of geomagnetic field line resonances', 8th International School/Symposium for Space Simulations. Abstracts, Kauai, Hawaii (2007) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2007Sciffer MD, Waters CL, '2-D model results of ionospheric conductance effects on magnetospheric frequencies', Australian Space Science Conference. Abstracts, Sydney, NSW (2007) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2007Obana Y, Menk FW, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, 'Quarter waves in the dawn terminators at L~3', Australian Space Science Conference. Abstracts, Sydney, NSW (2007) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters, Fred Menk
2007Fraser BJ, Morley SK, Menk FW, Waters CL, Ponomarenko P, Sciffer MD, et al., 'Solar-terrestrial and space physics research at the University of Newcastle', Australian Space Science Conference. Abstracts, Sydney, NSW (2007) [E3]
Co-authorsBrian Fraser, Colin Waters, Fred Menk
2007Obana Y, Menk FW, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, 'Quarter waves detected by cross-phase analysis', Earth: Our Changing Planet. Proceedings of IUGG XXIV General Assembly 2007, Perugia, Italy (2007) [E3]
Co-authorsFred Menk, Colin Waters
2007Waters CL, Ponomarenko P, Sciffer MD, 'Cross-beam observations of ULF waves by TIGER (Tasmania and New Zealand) radars', SuperDarn Workshop 2007. Abstracts, Abashiri, Hokkaido, Japan (2007) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2006Waters CL, Sciffer MD, 'Magnetosphere-Ionosphere energy transfer by ULF waves', COSPAR Scientific Assembly 2006 Abstracts, Beijing, China (2006) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2006Sciffer MD, Waters CL, 'Energy deposition of ULF wave energy in the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Ground system', RiverPhys AIP Congress: Final Program & Abstract Book, Brisbane, Australia (2006) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2006Sciffer MD, Waters CL, Menk FW, 'A Simple Model for the Deposition of ULF Wave Energy on the Ionosphere', Proceedings of the WARS2006 Conference, Leura, Australia (2006) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters, Fred Menk
2005Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Yeoman TK, Ponomarenko P, 'Doppler Shifts in HF Signals due to ULF Plasma Waves in the Ionosphere', 16th National Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics : physics for the nation : congress proceedings, Canberra (2005) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2005Sciffer MD, Waters CL, Menk FW, 'A Numerical Model for the Propagation of ULF Waves Through an Ionosphere with an Oblique Magnetic Field', 16th National Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics : physics for the nation : congress proceedings, Canberra (2005) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters, Fred Menk
2005Lysak RL, Song Y, Waters CL, Ponomarenko P, Sciffer MD, Menk FW, Fraser BJ, 'Numerical Modeling of Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling in Dipole Geometry', AGU Chapman Conference on Magnetospheric ULF Waves, San Diego, California (2005) [E3]
Co-authorsFred Menk, Brian Fraser, Colin Waters
2005Ponomarenko P, Waters CL, Menk FW, Sciffer MD, Fraser BJ, Lysak RL, 'Studies of ULF Wave Propagation in the Magnetosphere and Ionosphere Using the SuperDARN TIGER Radar', AGU Chapman Conference on Magnetospheric ULF Waves, San Diego, California (2005) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters, Brian Fraser, Fred Menk
2005Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Menk FW, 'A Numerical Model for the Propagation of ULF Waves Through an Ionosphere with an Oblique Magnetic Field', AGU Chapman Conference on Magnetospheric ULF Waves, San Diego, California (2005) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters, Fred Menk
2005Lysak RL, Song Y, Fraser BJ, Menk FW, Ponomarenko P, Sciffer MD, Waters CL, 'Modeling of ULF Waves in Dipole Geometry', IAGA 2005 Abstracts, Toulouse France (2005) [E3]
Co-authorsBrian Fraser, Colin Waters, Fred Menk
2003Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Menk FW, 'Propagation of ULF Waves through the Ionosphere in the Presence of Oblique Magnetic Fields', CD Program and Abstracts, Sapporo Japan (2003) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters, Fred Menk
2001Ponomarenko P, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Fraser BJ, Samson JC, 'Azimuthal Propagation of Pc5 ULF Waves in the Ionosphere and on the Ground', CRCSS Technical Memorandum 01/01, Noah's on the Beach, Newcastle (2001) [E3]
Co-authorsBrian Fraser, Colin Waters
2001Sciffer MD, Waters CL, 'One Diemensional Model for ULF Wave Propagation through the Ionosphere from FedSat to the Ground', CRCSS Technical Memorandum 01/01, Noah's on the Beach, Newcastle (2001) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2001Walters KJ, Sciffer MD, Dunlop IS, Menk FW, 'HF Doppler Oscillations due to Mixed ULF Wave Modes', ANARE Reorts Volume 146, Freemantle, WA, Australia (2001) [E1]
Co-authorsFred Menk
2001Sciffer MD, Waters CL, 'A One Dimensional Model for ULF Wave Propagation in the Ionosphere: A Comparision Between Numerical and Analytic Results', Vietnam 2001 IAGA-IASPEI Joint Scientific Assembly, Hanoi, Vietnam (2001) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2001Waters CL, Yeoman TK, Sciffer MD, Wright DM, 'HF Doppler Oscillations for Oblique Background Magnetic Fields: Experiment and Modeling', Vietnam 2001 IAGA-IASPEI Joint Scientific Assembly, Hanoi, Vietnam (2001) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2000Ponomarenko P, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Fraser BJ, Samson JC, 'Spatial Integration and Pc5 ULF Azimuthal Wavenumbers Observed on the Ground', AIP 2000 Congress, 14th National Congress, University of Adelaide, Adelaide (2000) [E3]
Co-authorsBrian Fraser, Colin Waters
2000Sciffer MD, Waters CL, 'One Dimensional Model for ULF Wave Propagation in the Ionosphere', AIP 2000 Congress, 14th National Congress, University of Adelaide, Adelaide (2000) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2000Sciffer MD, Waters CL, Menk FW, Dunlop I, 'Mixed ULF Wave Modes and HF Doppler Oscillations', AIP 2000 Congress, 14th National Congress, University of Adelaide, Adelaide (2000) [E3]
Co-authorsFred Menk, Colin Waters
2000Sciffer MD, Waters CL, Fraser BJ, Foulkes KM, Brand K, Saka O, Yumoto K, 'THE PHASE STRUCTURE OF EQUATORIAL AND VERY LOW LATITUDE WAVES ACROSS DAWN', CRCSS 2000 Conference, Adelaide, Adelaide, SA (2000) [E3]
Co-authorsBrian Fraser, Colin Waters
2000Sciffer MD, Waters CL, 'ONE DIMENSIONAL MODEL FOR ULF WAVE PROPAGATION IN THE IONOSPHERE', SRAMP Meeting, October 2000, Sapporo, Japan, Sapporo, Japan (2000) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
2000Sciffer MD, Waters CL, Menk FW, Dunlop IS, 'HF DOPPLER OSCILLATIONS DUE TO MIXED ULF WAVE MODES', SRAMP Meeting, October 2000, Sapporo, Japan, Sapporo, Japan (2000) [E3]
Co-authorsFred Menk, Colin Waters
2000Ponomarenko P, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Fraser BJ, Samson JC, 'EFFECT OF 2D SPATIAL INTEGRATION ON PC5 ULF AZIMUTHAL WAVENUMBERS OBSERVED ON THE GROUND', SRAMP Meeting, October 2000, Sapporo, Japan, Sapporo, Japan (2000) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters, Brian Fraser
2000Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Dunlop IS, Menk FW, 'HF DOPPLER OSCILLATIONS DUE TO MIXED ULF WAVE MODES', SRAMP Perth AIP papers on the web http://www.ips.gov.au/SRAMP/aip/index.htm, Perth (2000) [E1]
Co-authorsFred Menk, Colin Waters
2000Ponomarenko P, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Fraser BJ, 'Spatial Structure of High-Latitude Pc5 Pulsations via SuperDARN Data', Proceedings from SuperDARN 2000 CD, Beechworth, Vic (2000) [E2]
Co-authorsColin Waters, Brian Fraser
2000Menk FW, Sciffer MD, Waters CL, Fraser BJ, Parkinson ML, Dyson PL, 'ULF Waves in the Ionosphere: Recent Observations and Modelling', Proceedings from SuperDARN 2000, Beechworth, Vic, CD, Beechworth, Vic (2000) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters, Fred Menk, Brian Fraser
1999Sciffer MD, Waters CL, 'A model for ULF wave propagation through the ionosphere', IUGG Birmingham 99 CD, Birmingham, UK (1999) [E4]
Co-authorsColin Waters
1999Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Dunlop IS, Menk FW, Fenrich F, Samson JC, 'The Relationship Between SuperDARN Doppler Velocities and Ground Magnetometer Data', IUGG Birmingham 99 CD, Birmingham, UK (1999) [E4]
Co-authorsColin Waters, Fred Menk
1999Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Fraser BJ, Foulkes KM, Brand K, Saka O, Yumoto K, 'The phase structure of equatorial and very low latitude4 ULF waves across dawn', IUGG Birmingham 99 Cd, Birmingham, UK (1999) [E4]
Co-authorsColin Waters, Brian Fraser
1999Sciffer MD, Waters CL, 'Reflection coefficients of ULF waves propagating through the ionosphere', La Trobe South Pacific S-RAMP Meeting, Glenn College, La Trobe University, Victoria, 27-29 September 1999 (1999) [E4]
Co-authorsColin Waters
1998Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Dunlop IS, Menk FW, 'A model for ionspheric Doppler shift due to ULF waves', Program and Abstracts, 13th National Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics, Fremantle, Australia (1998) [E3]
Co-authorsFred Menk, Colin Waters
1998Sciffer MD, 'Two-dimensional stability analysis of arcade structures in the solar atmosphere', Program and Abstracts, 13th National Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics, Fremantle, Australia (1998) [E3]
1998Sciffer MD, Waters CL, 'ULF cavity modes with realistic inner boundary condition', Program and Abstracts, 13th National Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics, Fremantle, Australia (1998) [E3]
Co-authorsColin Waters
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants7
Total funding$143,935

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20121 grants / $132,470

The Role of Magnetospheric Plasma Waves in Driving Space Weather$132,470

Funding body: Australian Antarctic Division

Funding bodyAustralian Antarctic Division
Project TeamProfessor Fred Menk, Professor Colin Waters, Doctor Murray Sciffer, Doctor Sean Ables, Emeritus Professor Brian Fraser, Dr Craig Rodger
SchemeAustralian Antarctic Science Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1201082
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20081 grants / $2,500

AGU Fall Meeting, Moscone Centre, San Francisco, California, 15/12/2008 - 19/12/2008$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Murray Sciffer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189683
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20071 grants / $3,500

Modelling the ULF wave energy in the magnetosphere/ionshphere interface region$3,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Murray Sciffer
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0188032
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20011 grants / $1,424

IAGA & IASPEI 2001 Joint Scientific assembly, Vietnam 20-31 August 2001$1,424

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Murray Sciffer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0181427
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20001 grants / $1,675

The First S-RAMP Conference, Japan 2-6 October 2000$1,675

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Murray Sciffer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNoG0180213
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19991 grants / $1,261

22nd General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG99) Birmingham,UK.$1,261

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Murray Sciffer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1999
Funding Finish1999
GNoG0180481
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19981 grants / $1,105

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA$1,105

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Murray Sciffer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1998
Funding Finish1998
GNoG0180595
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Computational Modelling of the Fabrication Characterisation and Viability of Printing Solar Cells
Physics, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2013Substorm Signatures in Over the Horizon Radars
Physics, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2013Dynamics of Storm-Time, 1-10 mHz Plasma Waves and How They Interact with keV Energy Particles in Space
Physics, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Doppler Clutter in HF Radar Systems Produced by ULF Waves
Physics, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Murray Sciffer

Positions

Casual Academic
Centre for Space Physics
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Casual Academic
Centre for Space Physics
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Focus area

Physics

Contact Details

Emailmurray.sciffer@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 5800

Office

RoomP125 Office/P107 Space Physics Lab
BuildingPhysics
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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