About Dr Helen Klus

I am interested in the meaning of life, the universe, and everything, and have spent the last few years studying philosophy and physics.

I have a BSc in Astronomy and Philosophy (2006) from the University of Sheffield, a MA in Philosophy of Physics (2008) from the University of Leeds, and a PhD in Physics (2015) from the University of Southampton.

My MA involved studying the scientific method, the history of science, and the philosophy of modern physics.

My dissertation was on the Everett – or parallel worlds – approach to quantum mechanics.

I studied the magnetic fields of neutron stars during my PhD. These may be the highest magnetic fields in the universe and are described by quantum field theory.

You can contact me by email or by leaving a comment below. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

Photograph of Dr Helen Klus at the Radcliffe telescope.

I used the 1.9-m (Radcliffe) South African Astronomical Observatory telescope to measure the size of visible discs around stars. Image credit: Helen Klus/CC-NC-SA.

Academic publications

  1. Klus, H., 2015, 'Breaking the quantum limit: the magnetic field of neutron stars in extra-galactic Be X-ray binaries', PhD thesis.

  2. Klus, H., Ho, W. C. G., Coe, M. J., Corbet, R. H. D., and Townsend, L. J., 2014, 'Spin period change and the magnetic fields of neutron stars in Be X-ray binaries in the Small Magellanic Cloud', MNRAS, 437, 3863-3882.

  3. Ho, W. C. G, Klus, H., Coe, M. J., and Andersson, N., 2014, 'Equilibrium spin pulsars unite neutron star populations', MNRAS, 437, 3664-3669.

  4. Klus, H., Bartlett, E. S., Bird, A. J., Coe, M. J., Corbet, R. H. D., and Udalski, A., 2013, 'Swift J045106.8-694803; a highly magnetised neutron star in the Large Magellanic Cloud', MNRAS, 428, 3607-3617.

  5. Haberl, F., Sturm, R., Tsujimoto, M., Wada, Q., Ebisawa, K., Miller, E., Coe, M. J., Klus, H., and Beardmore, A. P., 2012, 'SXP523 = Suzaku J0102-7204 = 2XMM J010247.4-720449, a Be/X-ray binary pulsar in the SMC', Astron. Telegram, 4648.

Non-academic publications

  1. Why Are There So Few Female Scientists? (2014) The Toast.

  2. Armchair Explorers: how members of the public are taking an active role in the search for other worlds (2011) Wellcome Trust Blog (shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, in association with the 'Guardian' and the 'Observer').

The Star Garden

I run the Star Garden, which contains a timeline of the universe, with links to related articles and a blog to discuss current scientific events.

Articles are split into three categories that cover the history of science, from prehistoric times to the modern day. These are in rough chronological order, illustrating how each new discovery built on what was known before.

Most of the Star Garden is licensed under a Creative Commons License, you can read more about this here.

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