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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

Code Description Percentage
040499 Geophysics not elsewhere classified 10
020199 Astronomical and Space Sciences not elsewhere classified 90

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

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

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Journal article (25 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Lysak RL, Song Y, Sciffer MD, Waters CL, 'Propagation of Pi2 pulsations in a dipole model of the magnetosphere', Journal of Geophysical Research A: Space Physics, 120 355-367 (2015)

Localized fast flows that impinge on the inner magnetosphere from the plasma sheet are observed to oscillate on time scales of minutes. The compression ahead of these flows will l... [more]

Localized fast flows that impinge on the inner magnetosphere from the plasma sheet are observed to oscillate on time scales of minutes. The compression ahead of these flows will launch fast mode waves, while the velocity shears at the edges of these flows directly excite shear Alfvén waves. These waves, which are coupled by gradients in the Alfvén speed, have been suggested as a source for the Pi1 and Pi2 waves that are observed at both high and low latitudes in the ionosphere. A new three-dimensional simulation of the propagation of ULF waves in the dipolar region of the magnetosphere has been developed to study these coupled wave modes. This model includes a height-resolved ionospheric conductivity so that ionospheric fields can be more realistically determined, as well as a direct calculation of ground magnetic fields to compare with ground magnetometers using an inductive ionosphere model. Results from this model show that a plasmaspheric resonance can be set up by waves with periods about 1 min and that field line resonances can be excited both inside and outside the plasmasphere. The use of the inductive ionosphere model leads to the conclusion that even a uniform Hall conductivity can break the dawn-dusk symmetry of the convection pattern. Waves from a source at 10 Earth radii reach the ionosphere with time delays between high and low latitudes of tens of seconds, with implications for the timing of substorm phenomena observed by spacecraft and by ground magnetometers and radars.

DOI 10.1002/2014JA020625
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Colin Waters
2015 Obana Y, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Menk FW, Lysak RL, Shiokawa K, et al., 'Resonance structure and mode transition of quarter-wave ULF pulsations around the dawn terminator', Journal of Geophysical Research A: Space Physics, (2015)

Quarter-wave modes are standing shear Alfvén waves supported along geomagnetic field lines in space. They are predicted to be generated when the ionosphere has very different con... [more]

Quarter-wave modes are standing shear Alfvén waves supported along geomagnetic field lines in space. They are predicted to be generated when the ionosphere has very different conductance between the north compared with the south ionosphere. Our previous observation reported that the resonant frequency is sometimes very low around the dawn terminator and suggested these were due to quarter-wave modes. In this paper, we examine the resonance structure that provides further evidence of the presence of quarter-wave modes. Data from three magnetometers in New Zealand were analyzed. Four events are discussed which show extraordinarily low eigenfrequencies, wide resonance widths, and strong damping when the ionosphere above New Zealand was in darkness while the conjugate northern hemisphere ionosphere was sunlit. Later in the morning, the eigenfrequencies and resonance widths changed to normal daytime values. The wide resonance width and the strong damping of the quarter-wave modes arise from strong energy dissipation in the dark side ionosphere. One event exhibited field line resonance structure continuously through a transition from very low frequency to the normal daytime values. The frequency change began when the dawn terminator passed over New Zealand and finished 1h later when the ratio of the interhemispheric ionospheric conductances decreased and reached ~5. These observations are strong evidence of the presence of quarter-wave modes and mode conversion from quarter- to half-wave resonances. These experimental results were compared with the ULF wave fields obtained from a 2.5-dimensional simulation model.

DOI 10.1002/2015JA021096
Co-authors Colin Waters, Fred Menk
2014 Menk 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 invol... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1051/swsc/2014030
Co-authors Colin Waters, Fred Menk
2014 Ogburn 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.cpc.2013.07.024
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Colin Waters, Jeff Hogan
2013 Lysak 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]
DOI 10.1002/jgra.50090
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Colin Waters
2013 Waters 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]
DOI 10.5047/eps.2012.08.002
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Colin Waters
2013 Marshall 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]
DOI 10.1029/2012SW000849
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Colin Waters
2011 Marshall 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]
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Colin Waters
2011 Sciffer 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]
DOI 10.1029/2010JA016307
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Colin Waters
2010 Marshall 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]
DOI 10.1029/2009SW000553
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Colin Waters
2009 Morley 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]
DOI 10.1029/2009ja014162
Citations Scopus - 27Web of Science - 23
Co-authors Brian Fraser
2008 Waters 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]
DOI 10.1029/2007ja012822
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 11
Co-authors Colin Waters
2008 Obana 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]
DOI 10.1029/2007ja012917
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Colin Waters, Fred Menk
2007 Waters CL, Yeoman TK, Sciffer MD, Ponomarenko P, Wright DM, 'Modulation of radio frequency signals by ULF waves', Annales Geophysicae, 25 1113-1124 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.5194/angeo-25-1113-2007
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Colin Waters
2005 Ponomarenko P, Menk FW, Waters CL, Sciffer MD, 'Pc3-4 ULF waves observed by the SuperDARN TIGER radar', Annales Geophysicae, 23 1271-1280 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.5194/angeo-23-1271-2005
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 18
Co-authors Fred Menk, Colin Waters
2005 Sciffer 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]
DOI 10.5194/angeo-23-3457-2005
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 19
Co-authors Fred Menk, Colin Waters
2004 Sciffer 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]
DOI 10.5194/angeo-22-1155-2004
Citations Scopus - 23Web of Science - 27
Co-authors Colin Waters, Fred Menk
2002 Sciffer 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]
Citations Scopus - 27Web of Science - 29
Co-authors Colin Waters
2001 Ponomarenko 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]
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 16
Co-authors Brian Fraser, Colin Waters
2001 Waters 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]
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Colin Waters, Fred Menk, Brian Fraser
2001 Waters CL, Sciffer MD, Dunlop IS, Menk FW, 'HF Doppler oscillations due to mixed ULF wave modes', ANARE Reports, 146 369-382 (2001)
Co-authors Fred Menk, Colin Waters
1999 Sciffer MD, 'Magnetic structures in the solar atmosphere', BULLETIN OF THE AUSTRALIAN MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY, 59 347-348 (1999)
1996 Sciffer M, 'Quasi-static evolution in multiple arcades', SOLAR PHYSICS, 166 173-193 (1996)
1996 Sciffer MD, Wood WP, 'The behaviour of neutral lines in two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic equilibria', SOLAR PHYSICS, 166 317-331 (1996)
DOI 10.1007/BF00149402
1995 SCIFFER MD, WOOD WP, 'MIXING IN LOW-RATE FLOWS', MATHEMATICAL AND COMPUTER MODELLING, 21 19-27 (1995)
DOI 10.1016/0895-7177(94)00211-6
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Conference (74 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Menk 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-authors Fred Menk
2012 Lysak 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-authors Colin Waters
2011 Waters 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-authors Colin Waters, Fred Menk
2011 Sciffer 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-authors Colin Waters
2011 Sciffer 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-authors Colin Waters
2011 Obana 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-authors Fred Menk, Colin Waters
2011 Norouzi 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-authors Colin Waters
2011 Lysak 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-authors Colin Waters
2011 Ables 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-authors Brian Fraser
2010 Menk 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-authors Fred Menk
2010 Smith 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-authors Colin Waters
2010 Yang 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-authors Brian Fraser
2010 Obana 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-authors Fred Menk, Colin Waters
2010 Obana 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-authors Fred Menk, Colin Waters
2010 Sciffer 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-authors Colin Waters
2010 Ables 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-authors Brian Fraser
2010 Sciffer 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-authors Colin Waters, Brian Fraser
2010 Ables 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-authors Brian Fraser
2010 Waters 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-authors Colin Waters
2009 Marshall 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-authors Colin Waters
2009 Sciffer 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-authors Brian Fraser, Colin Waters
2009 Ables 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-authors Brian Fraser
2009 Sciffer 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-authors Colin Waters, Brian Fraser
2009 Lysak 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-authors Colin Waters
2009 Ponomarenko 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-authors Fred Menk, Colin Waters
2008 Fraser 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-authors Fred Menk, Brian Fraser, Colin Waters
2008 Morley 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-authors Brian Fraser
2008 Fraser 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-authors Brian Fraser, Colin Waters, Fred Menk
2008 Sciffer 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-authors Colin Waters
2008 Sciffer 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-authors Colin Waters
2008 Ables 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-authors Brian Fraser
2008 Menk 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-authors Colin Waters, Fred Menk
2008 Green 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-authors Colin Waters
2008 Marshall 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-authors Colin Waters
2008 Ables 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-authors Colin Waters, Brian Fraser
2008 Sciffer 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-authors Brian Fraser, Colin Waters
2007 Sciffer 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-authors Colin Waters
2007 Sciffer MD, Waters CL, '2-D model results of ionospheric conductance effects on magnetospheric frequencies', Australian Space Science Conference. Abstracts, Sydney, NSW (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Colin Waters
2007 Obana 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-authors Fred Menk, Colin Waters
2007 Fraser 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-authors Brian Fraser, Colin Waters, Fred Menk
2007 Obana 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-authors Colin Waters, Fred Menk
2007 Waters 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-authors Colin Waters
2006 Waters CL, Sciffer MD, 'Magnetosphere-Ionosphere energy transfer by ULF waves', COSPAR Scientific Assembly 2006 Abstracts, Beijing, China (2006) [E3]
Co-authors Colin Waters
2006 Sciffer 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-authors Colin Waters
2006 Sciffer 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-authors Fred Menk, Colin Waters
2005 Waters 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-authors Colin Waters
2005 Sciffer 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-authors Colin Waters, Fred Menk
2005 Lysak 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-authors Colin Waters, Brian Fraser, Fred Menk
2005 Ponomarenko 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-authors Fred Menk, Brian Fraser, Colin Waters
2005 Waters 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-authors Fred Menk, Colin Waters
2005 Lysak 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-authors Fred Menk, Brian Fraser, Colin Waters
2003 Waters 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-authors Colin Waters, Fred Menk
2001 Ponomarenko 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-authors Brian Fraser, Colin Waters
2001 Sciffer 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-authors Colin Waters
2001 Walters 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-authors Fred Menk
2001 Sciffer 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-authors Colin Waters
2001 Waters 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-authors Colin Waters
2000 Ponomarenko 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-authors Brian Fraser, Colin Waters
2000 Sciffer 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-authors Colin Waters
2000 Sciffer 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-authors Fred Menk, Colin Waters
2000 Sciffer 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-authors Colin Waters, Brian Fraser
2000 Sciffer MD, Waters CL, 'ONE DIMENSIONAL MODEL FOR ULF WAVE PROPAGATION IN THE IONOSPHERE', SRAMP Meeting, October 2000, Sapporo, Japan, Sapporo, Japan (2000) [E3]
Co-authors Colin Waters
2000 Sciffer 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-authors Colin Waters, Fred Menk
2000 Ponomarenko 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-authors Colin Waters, Brian Fraser
2000 Waters 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-authors Fred Menk, Colin Waters
2000 Ponomarenko 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-authors Colin Waters, Brian Fraser
2000 Menk 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-authors Colin Waters, Fred Menk, Brian Fraser
1999 Sciffer MD, Waters CL, 'A model for ULF wave propagation through the ionosphere', IUGG Birmingham 99 CD, Birmingham, UK (1999) [E4]
Co-authors Colin Waters
1999 Waters 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-authors Fred Menk, Colin Waters
1999 Waters 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-authors Colin Waters, Brian Fraser
1999 Sciffer 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-authors Colin Waters
1998 Waters 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-authors Colin Waters, Fred Menk
1998 Sciffer 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]
1998 Sciffer 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-authors Colin Waters
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 7
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 body Australian Antarctic Division
Project Team Professor Fred Menk, Professor Colin Waters, Doctor Murray Sciffer, Doctor Sean Ables, Emeritus Professor Brian Fraser, Dr Craig Rodger
Scheme Australian Antarctic Science Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1201082
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Murray Sciffer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189683
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20071 grants / $3,500

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Murray Sciffer
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188032
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20011 grants / $1,424

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Murray Sciffer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0181427
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20001 grants / $1,675

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Murray Sciffer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0180213
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Murray Sciffer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo G0180481
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19981 grants / $1,105

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Murray Sciffer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0180595
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Computational Modelling of the Fabrication Characterisation and Viability of Printing Solar Cells
Physics, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2013 Substorm Signatures in Over the Horizon Radars
Physics, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2013 Dynamics 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

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Doppler 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

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

Office

Room P125 Office/P107 Space Physics Lab
Building Physics
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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