Paul Luckas


  • The University of Western Australia (M468), 35 Stirling Highway, Ground Floor, 7 Fairway, Crawley

    6009 Crawley


  • 33 Citations
  • 2 h-Index

Personal profile


BA (Murdoch University, 1994)
MSc (The University of Western Australia, 2013)

Roles and responsibilities

Sole responsibility for the management and delivery of the SPIRIT initiative at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), in both outreach and science.

Funding overview

$50,000 (ICRAR & School of Physics) for the establishment of the SPIRIT I telescope.
$60,000 (Hawaiian donation) for the deployment of SPIRIT II
$20,000 (SPICE, ICRAR, Physics) for the deployment of SPIRIT II

Current projects

Design and deployment of a robotised spectroscope for SPIRIT.

Teaching overview

Delivery of SPIRIT training to 3rd Year Astrophysics students.

Delivery of all SPIRIT professional learning to teachers and students at UWA.


Design and construction of robotic telescopes for education and research, including the creation and delivery of supporting learning programs for teachers and students.

Current research interests: Spectroscopic study of massive stars.

Fingerprint Fingerprint is based on mining the text of the person's scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms, which defines the key subjects of each individual researcher.

photometry Physics & Astronomy
stars Physics & Astronomy
constellations Physics & Astronomy
curtains Physics & Astronomy
research interest Social Sciences
wolves Physics & Astronomy
student Social Sciences
amateur Social Sciences

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Research Output 2010 2017

  • 33 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 11 Article
  • 1 Conference paper
  • 1 Letter
  • 1 Master's Thesis
2 Citations

A combined HST and XMM-Newton campaign for the magnetic O9.7 v star HD 54879: Constraining the weak-wind problem of massive stars

Shenar, T., Oskinova, L. M., Järvinen, S. P., Luckas, P., Hainich, R., Todt, H., Hubrig, S., Sander, A. A. C., Ilyin, I. & Hamann, W. R. 1 Oct 2017 In : Astronomy and Astrophysics. 606, A91

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

XMM-Newton telescope
massive stars
magnetic field
2 Citations

A nova outburst powered by shocks

Li, K-L., Metzger, B. D., Chomiuk, L., Vurm, I., Strader, J., Finzell, T., Beloborodov, A. M., Nelson, T., Shappee, B. J., Kochanek, C. S., Prieto, J. L., Kafka, S., Holoien, T. W-S., Thompson, T. A., Luckas, P. J. & Itoh, H. 4 Sep 2017 In : Nature Astronomy. 1, p. 697-702

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

gamma rays
night sky
particle acceleration

BRITE-Constellation high-precision time-dependent photometry of the early-O-type supergiant $ζ$ Puppis unveils the photospheric drivers of its small- and large-scale wind structures

Ramiaramanantsoa, T. , Moffat, A. F. J. , Harmon, R. , Ignace, R. , St-Louis, N. , Vanbeveren, D. , Shenar, T. , Pablo, H. , Richardson, N. D. , Howarth, I. D. , Stevens, I. R. , Piaulet, C. , St-Jean, L. , Eversberg, T. , Pigulski, A. , Popowicz, A. , Kuschnig, R. , Zocłońska, E. , Buysschaert, B. , Handler, G. & 16 others Weiss, W. W., Wade, G. A., Rucinski, S. M., Zwintz, K., Luckas, P., Heathcote, B., Cacella, P., Powles, J., Locke, M., Bohlsen, T., Chené, A-N., Miszalski, B., Waldron, W. L., Kotze, M. M., Kotze, E. J. & Böhm, T. 23 Oct 2017 In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 473, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
stellar oscillations

Continuing ARAS visible spectroscopic monitoring of the slow classical nova Sct 2017 = ASASSN-17hx

Guarro, J., Berardi, P., Sollecchia, U., Lester, T., Bohlsen, T., Luckas, P., Campos, F., Franco, L., Garde, O., Buil, C., Edlin, J. & Teyssier, F. 12 Sep 2017 The Astronomer's Telegram, 10737

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle