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.

  1. Space & Time charts our understanding of space from the invention of constellations, to Einstein’s theories of relativity, the discovery of the big bang, and our exploration of the universe.

  2. Light & Matter charts our understanding of light and matter from arguments that atoms are particles and light is made of waves, to the understanding that everything can display properties of both.

  3. Mind & Multiverse charts our understanding of human consciousness. We now think that the mind is a biological object that obeys the same laws of physics as everything else in the universe. This has interesting implications for quantum mechanics.

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

The Star Garden is a science news and education website run by Dr Helen Klus.

How we came to know the cosmos explains the simple discoveries we made in prehistoric times, and how we built on them, little by little, until the conclusions of modern theories seem inevitable. This is shown in a timeline of the universe.

The Star Garden covers the basics for KS3, KS4, and KS5 science revision including SATs, GCSE, and A-level physics.

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