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Brendan Clarke

PhD Researcher

Tel: +353 (0)1 896 2157


I was born and raised in Dublin. In 2016, I completed my undergraduate degree in Physics and Astrophysics at Trinity College. After graduation, I moved abroad to do an internship at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy at the University of Amsterdam. During the internship, I studied the observational properties of active galactic nuclei and the formation of relativistic jets. I then returned to Dublin to take up a position at Alien Technology Transfer where I worked as a project manager. In this role, I worked with innovative SMEs across Europe to help them gain access to funding through the Horizon 2020 programme. I am now working with the Astrophysics research group at Trinity where I am studying for a Ph.D. in Solar Physics. 

Research Interests

My research is in the area of high-energy solar physics. My work involves using images and spectra from NASA’s RHESSI mission to study the evolution and origin of solar flares. I will also be involved in the development of X-ray imaging techniques for the Spectrometer-Telescope Imaging X-rays (STIX) instrument on-board ESA’s Solar Orbiter spacecraft which is scheduled for launch in early 2019. Solar Orbiter will fly inside the orbit of Mercury and enable us to answer some of the most fundamental questions about the Sun and solar energetic events.