School of Physical Sciences


She obtained her BSc (Physics) and MSc (Theoretical Physics) from Jiangxi Normal University in China, and PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Hull, England. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) from November 1998 to October 2000 in the engineering department, and from November 2000-March 2001 in the physics department. She has been a Lecturer at the School of Physical Science at the University of Kent since April 2001.

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Room 115, Ingram Building

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Imai, R. et al. (2017). High-resolution Near-infrared Observations of a Small Cluster Associated with a Bright-rimmed Cloud in W5. The Astrophysical Journal [Online] 845:99. Available at:
Kinnear, T. et al. (2015). Evolution of prolate molecular clouds at HII boundaries - II. Formation of BRCs of asymmetrical morphology. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society [Online] 450:1017-1031. Available at:
Kusune, T. et al. (2014). Near-IR imaging polarimetry toward a bright-rimmed cloud: Magnetic field in SFO 74. Astrophysical Journal [Online] 798:60-76. Available at:
Kinnear, T. et al. (2014). Evolution of prolate molecular clouds at HII boundaries - I. formation of fragment-core structures. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society [Online] 444:1221-1235. Available at:
Fukuda, N. et al. (2013). TRIGGERED STAR FORMATION IN A BRIGHT-RIMMED CLOUD (BRC 5) OF IC 1805. Astrophysical Journal [Online] 773:132. Available at:
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Research Interests

  • SPH numerical simulation of  stellar evolution
  • Ionization effect from UV radiation of stars on the evolution of molecular cloud.  
  • The morphological evolution of molecular clouds in HII regions.
  • Triggered formation of stars/small star clusters in HII regions.

Research interest:
I am currently particularly interested in the process of star formation through the compression of a molecular cloud via a photo-ionisation-induced shock, known as Radiatively-Driven Implosion (RDI).

Bright-rimmed clouds (BRCs) are isolated molecular clouds located on the edges of evolved HII regions. Their relative isolation and simple geometry make BRCs an ideal laboratory to explore the RDI mode of triggered star formation.  Current observational investigations on triggered star formation in BRCs have raised a lot of unsolved questions, for which solutions may be found through theoretical simulations. 

Some interesting results from our simulations on the morphological evolution of BRCs are shown in the four videos, which reveal that molecular clouds with different initial conditions evolves very differently under the effect of the UV radiation from nearby star(s).

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  • Convenor for Foundation Lab
  • Convenor for third year Lab (PH617)
  • Astronomy, Space Science and Mordern Physics (PH304)
  • The Multiwavelength Universe Exoplanets (PH507)
  • Stars, Galaxies and the Universe (PH607)
  • The Sun, the Earth and Mars (PH608)
  • Relativity, Optics and Maxwell's equations (PH604) 
  • Disasters (PH307)
  • Mphy. Project (PH700)
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Last Updated: 19/10/2017