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Dr Nigel Dipper, BSc. PhD. FRAS

CfAI Head of Software in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43562
Room number: ocw022

(email at n.a.dipper@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Responsibilities within department

Head of CfAI Software team

Teaching activity

Level 2 Laboratory Skills Coordinator

Research interests

Astronomical Instrumentation. Adaptive Optics.

Research Groups

Department of Physics

  • Centre for Advanced Instrumentation

Teaching Areas

  • Level 2 Scientific Programming

Publications

Journal Article

  • Tamura, N., Murray, G. J., Luke, P., Blackburn, C., Robertson, D. J., Dipper, N. A., Sharples, R. M. & Allington-Smith, J. R. (2003). Cryogenic Tests of Volume-Phase Holographic Gratings: I. Results at 200 K. Experimental Astronomy 15(1): 1-12.
  • Smith, Graham P., Edge, Alastair C., Eke, Vincent R., Nichol, Robert C., Smail, Ian & Kneib, Jean-Paul (2003). Measuring σ8 with Cluster Lensing: Biases from Unrelaxed Clusters. Astrophysical Journal 590(2): L79-L82.
  • Dyson, H., Sharples, R.M., Dipper, N.A. & Vdovin, G. (2001). Cryogenic wavefront correction using membrane deformable mirrors. Optics Express 8(1): 17-26.
  • Armstrong, P., Chadwick, P. M., Cottle, P. J., Dickinson, J. E., Dickinson, M. R., Dipper, N. A., Hilton, S. E., Hogg, W., Holder, J., Kendall, T. R., McComb, T. J. L., Moore, C. M., Orford, K. J., Rayner, S. M., Roberts, I. D., Roberts, M. D., Robertshaw, M., Shaw, S. E., & Tindale, K., Tummey, S. P. and Turver, K. E. (1999). The University of Durham Mark 6 Gamma Ray Telescope. Experimental Astronomy 9: 51-80.
  • Chadwick, P. M., Dickinson, M. R., Dipper, N. A., Kendall, T. R., McComb, T. J. L., Orford, K. J., Osborne, J. L., Rayner, S. M., & Roberts, I. D., Shaw, S. E. and Turver, K. E. (1998). Centaurus X-3: A Source of High-Energy Gamma Rays. Astrophysical Journal 503: 391-.
  • Chadwick, P. M., Dickinson, M. R., Dipper, N. A., Holder, J., Kendall, T. R., McComb, T. J. L., Orford, K. J., Osborne, J. L., & Rayner, S. M., Roberts, I. D., Shaw, S. E. and Turver, K. E. (1998). TeV gamma rays from PSR 1706-44. Astroparticle Physics 9: 131-136.
  • Chadwick, P. M., Dickinson, J. E., Dickinson, M. R., Dipper, N. A., Holder, J., McComb, T. J. L., Orford, K. J., Rayner, S. M., & Roberts, I. D., Roberts, M. D., Tummey, S. P. and Turver, K. E. (1996). Stereoscopic Measurements of the Cerenkov Radiation Produced by TeV Gamma-Rays. Space Science Reviews 75: 153-167.
  • Chadwick, P. M., Dickinson, J. E., Dickinson, M. R., Dipper, N. A., Holder, J., McComb, T. J. L., Orford, K. J., Rayner, S. M., & Roberts, I. D., Roberts, M. D., Tummey, S. P. and Turver, K. E. (1996). The University of Durham Mark 6 low energy threshold ground-based gamma-ray telescope. Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement Series 120: 657-.
  • Chadwick, P. M., Dickinson, J. E., Dickinson, M. R., Dipper, N. A., Holder, J., McComb, T. J. L., Orford, K. J., Rayner, S. M., & Roberts, I. D., Roberts, M. D., Tummey, S. P. and Turver, K. E. (1995). A burst of pulsed VHE gamma rays from AE Aquarii. Astroparticle Physics 4: 99-111.
  • Bowden, C. C. G., Bradbury, S. M., Chadwick, P. M., Dickinson, J. E., Dipper, N. A., McComb, T. J. L., Orford, K. J., Rayner, & S. M. and Turver, K. E. (1993). TeV gamma rays from Geminga. Journal of Physics G Nuclear Physics 19: L29-L31.
  • Bowden, C. C. G., Bradbury, S. M., Chadwick, P. M., Dickinson, J. E., Dipper, N. A., Edwards, P. J., Lincoln, E. W., McComb, T. & J. L., Orford, K. J., Rayner, S. M. and Turver, K. E. (1992). 350 GeV gamma rays from AE Aqr. Astroparticle Physics 1: 47-59.
  • Bowden, C. C. G., Bradbury, S. M., Chadwick, P. M., Dickinson, J. E., Dipper, N. A., Edwards, P. J., Lincoln, E. W., McComb, T. & J. L., Orford, K. J., Rayner, S. M. and Turver, K. E. (1992). Further observations of VHE gamma rays from Vela X-1. Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics 18: L127-L133.
  • Bowden, C. C. G., Bradbury, S. M., Brazier, K. T. S., Carraminana, A., Chadwick, P. M., Dipper, N. A., Edwards, P. J., Lincoln, E. W., Mannings, V. G., McComb, T. J. L., Orford, D. J., Orford, K. J., & Rayner, S. M. and Turver, K. E. (1992). Recent observations of VHE gamma rays from Cygnus X-3. Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics 18: 413-421.
  • Bowden, C. C. G., Bradbury, S. M., Chadwick, P. M., Dickinson, J. E., Dipper, N. A., Edwards, P. J., Lincoln, E. W., McComb, T. & J. L., Orford, K. J., Rayner, S. M. and Turver, K. E. (1992). The effect of the geomagnetic field on TeV gamma -ray detection. Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics 18: L55-L60.
  • Ubertini, P., Bazzano, A., Perotti, F., Quadrini, E., Court, A., Dean, A. J., Dipper, N., Lewis, R., Bassani, L. and Stephen, J. & B. (1991). 'Superlow-state' hard X-ray observation of Cygnus X-1. Astrophysical Journal 366: 544-548.
  • Bazzano, A., Fusco-Femiano, R., Ubertini, P., Court, A., Dean, A. J., Dipper, N., Lewis, R., Perotti, F., Quadrini, E. and Stephen, & J. B. (1991). A high energy observation of the Coma Cluster region. Advances in Space Research 11: 111-116.
  • Perotti, F., Quadrini, E., Bassani, L., Stephen, J. B., Bazzano, A., Ubertini, P., Court, A., Dean, A. J., Dipper, N. and Lewis, & R. (1991). Hard X-ray observations of Cygnus X-1 with the MIFRASO telescope. Advances in Space Research 11: 101-105.
  • Perotti, F., Maggioli, P., Quadrini, E., Bazzano, A., Ubertini, P., Bassani, L., Stephen, J. B., Court, A. J., Dean, A. J., & Dipper, N. A. and Lewis, R. A. (1991). Hard X-ray variability of NGC 4151. Astrophysical Journal 373: 75-79.
  • Bazzano, A., Fusco-Femiano, R., Ubertini, P., Perotti, F., Quadrini, E., Court, A. J., Dean, A. J., Dipper, N. A., Lewis, R. and & Stephen, J. B. (1991). Hard X-Rays from Coma Cluster Region: Erratum. Astrophysical Journal 366: L95-.
  • Carstairs, I. R., Court, A. J., Dean, A. J., Dipper, N. A., Gorrod, M. J., Lewis, R. A., Bazzano, A., Maggioli, P. P., Perotti, F., & and Quadrini, E. (1991). Kernel density estimators applied to fast timing hard X-ray observations of the Crab pulsar. Advances in Space Research 11: 95-99.
  • Brazier, K. T. S., Carramiñana, A., Chadwick, P. M., Dipper, N. A., Lincoln, E. W., Mannings, V. G., McComb, T. J. L., Orford, & K. J., Rayner, S. M. and Turver, K. E. (1990). 400 Gev gamma rays from the X-ray pulsar 1E2259+586. Nuclear Physics B Proceedings Supplements 14: 196-199.
  • Carraminana, A., Chadwick, P. M., Dipper, N. A., Lincoln, E. W., Mannings, V. G., McComb, T. J. L., Orford, K. J., Rayner, S. M. and & Turver, K. E. (1990). An upper limit to 300 GeV gamma ray emission from Centaurus A. Astronomy and Astrophysics 228: 327-330.
  • Brazier, K. T. S., Carraminaña, A., Chadwick, P. M., Dipper, N. A., Lincoln, E. W., Mannings, V. G., McComb, T. J. L., Orford, & K. J., Rayner, S. M. and Turver, K. E. (1990). Enhancement of the gamma ray signal in atmospheric Cerenkov light measurements using the University of Durham VHE gamma ray telescopes. Nuclear Physics B Proceedings Supplements 14: 250-255.
  • Perotti, F., Buratti, R., Maggioli, P., Quadrini, E., Bazzano, A., Ubertini, P., Bassani, L., Stephen, J. B., Court, A. J., Dean, & A. J., Dipper, N. A. and Lewis, R. A. (1990). Hard X-ray observation of NGC 4151 with the MIFRASO telescope. Astrophysical Journal 356: 467-471.
  • Coe, M. J., Carstairs, I. R., Court, A. J., Davies, S. R., Dean, A. J., Dipper, N. A., Lewis, R. A., Perotti, F., Quadrini, E., & Bazzano, A., Ubertini, P. and Stephen, J. B. (1990). High-energy X-ray observations of A0535 + 26. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 243: 475-479.
  • Perotti, F., Bassani, L., Bazzano, A., Court, A. J., Dean, A. J., Dipper, N. A., Lewis, R. A., Maggioli, P., Quadrini, M., Stephen, J. & B. and Ubertini, P. (1990). MCG8-11-11 - A powerful source of X- and gamma-rays. Astronomy and Astrophysics 234: 106-108.
  • Brazier, K. T. S., Carraminana, A., Chadwick, P. M., Dipper, N. A., Lincoln, E. W., Mackie, P. C., Mannings, V. G., McComb, T. & J. L., Orford, K. J., Rayner, S. M., Turver, J. H. and Turver, K. E. (1990). New measurements of the 12.6 millisecond pulsar in Cygnus X-3. Astrophysical Journal 350: 745-753.
  • Dean, A. J., Bazzano, A., Court, A. J., Dipper, N. A., Lewis, R. A., Maggioli, P., Perotti, F., Quadrini, M., Stephen, J. B. and & Ubertini, P. (1990). Nonthermal X-ray emission from 3C 273 - The core of a knotty problem? Astrophysical Journal 349: 41-44.
  • Brazier, K. T. S., Carramiñna, A., Chadwick, P. M., Dipper, N. A., Lincoln, E. W., Mannings, V. G., McComb, T. J. L., Orford, K. J., & Rayner, S. M. and Turver, K. E. (1990). Sco X-1 - a source of 300 GeV gamma rays. Nuclear Physics B Proceedings Supplements 14: 191-195.
  • Brazier, K. T. S., Carraminana, A., Chadwick, P. M., Dipper, N. A., Lincoln, E. W., Mannings, V. G., McComb, T. J. L., Orford, & K. J., Rayner, S. M. and Turver, K. E. (1990). Scorpius X-1 - A source of 300 GeV gamma rays. Astronomy and Astrophysics 232: 383-386.
  • Brazier, K. T. S., Carramiñana, A., Chadwick, P. M., Dipper, N. A., Lincoln, E. W., McComb, T. J. L., Rayner, S. M., Orford, K. & J. and Turver, K. E. (1990). SN1987a - updated limit to 400 GeV gamma ray emission using the narrabri VHE gamma ray telescope - May 1989. Nuclear Physics B Proceedings Supplements 14: 188-190.
  • Carraminana, A., Chadwick, P. M., Dipper, N. A., Lincoln, E. W., Mannings, V. G., McComb, T. J. L., Orford, K. J., Rayner, S. M., & Turver, K. E. and Williams, D. G. (1989). 300 GeV gamma rays from VELA X-1. Astrophysical Journal 346: 967-970.
  • Brazier, K. T., Carraminana, A., Chadwick, P. M., Currell, & T. R. and Dipper, N. A. (1989). The University of Durham Southern Hemisphere VHE gamma ray telescope. Experimental Astronomy 1: 77-99.
  • Chadwick, P. M., Dipper, N. A., Lincoln, E. W., Mannings, V. G., McComb, T. J. L., Rayner, S. M., Orford, K. J., Turver, K. E. and & Williams, D. G. (1988). SN 1987A - Limits to 400 GeV gamma-ray emission. Astrophysical Journal 333: L19-L21.
  • Dean, A. J., Dipper, N. A., Lewis, R. A. and Perotti, F. (1986). The background counting rates in a balloon borne hard X-ray telescope. "Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detector" 242: 342-345.
  • Chadwick, P. M., Dipper, N. A., Dowthwaite, J. C., Gibson, & A. I. and Harrison, A. B. (1985). A 12.6-ms pulsar in Cygnus X-3. Nature 318: 642-644.
  • Dean, A. J., Dipper, N. A., Lewis, R. A., Lu, Zho, Guo, & and Perotti, F. (1985). A diffusive light collection system for hard X-ray astronomical scintillation detectors. "Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detector" 236: 410-413.
  • Ubertini, P., Bazzano, A., Boccaccini, L., Dipper, N. A., Iafrate, L., Lapadula, C., Mastropietro, M., Patriarca, R., Polcaro, V., & and Urciuoli, M. L. (1985). A two-dimensional position-sensitive spectroscopic proportional counter for balloon-borne hard X-ray astronomy. Advances in Space Research 5: 105-108.
  • Charalambous, P. M., Dean, A. J., Lewis, R. A. and & Dipper, N. A. (1985). The background noise in space borne low energy γ-ray telescopes. "Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detector" 238: 533-541.
  • Baker, R. E., Barbaglia, G., Bazzano, A., Boccaccini, L., Bussini, A., Carzaniga, A., Court, A., Dean, A. J., Dipper, N. A., Ferrandi, G., Haskell, N., Lapadula, C., Lewis, R. A., Maccagni, D., Mastropietro, M., Patriarca, R., Perotti, F., Polcaro, V. F., Quadrini, E., Ramsden, D., Sembay, S., Spicer, R., Ubertini, P., Villa, G. and Whatley, & D. (1984). A large area telescope for balloon-borne hard X-ray astronomy. "Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detector" 228: 183-192.
  • Baker, R., Dean, A. J., Dipper, N., Barbaglia, G., Boella, G., Bussini, A., Carzaniga, A., Ferrandi, G., Bazzano, A. & Boccaccini, L. (1983). A large area multitechnique experiment for hard X-ray astronomy. Advances in Space Research 3(4): 83-85.
  • Dean, A.J. & Dipper, N.A. (1981). An evaluation of the background effects in actively shielded hard X-ray telescopes at balloon altitudes. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 194: 219-227.
  • Bassani, L., Butler, R. C., Dean, A. J., Dipper, N. A., di & Cocco, G., Perotti, F. and Villa, G. (1981). NGC 4151 and MCG 8-11-11 - Two X-ray Seyfert galaxies with strong soft gamma-ray emission. Space Science Reviews 30: 107-112.

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