Dr. Gregg A. Wade, BSc, MSc, PhD, Professor

Gregg Wade
Sawyer Building, Room 4314
(613) 541-6000 ext 6140
(613) 541-6040
Department of Physics
Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario, CANADA
K7K 7B4

Head of Physics Department


Dr. Wade investigates the structure, evolution, origin and impact of magnetic fields in stars. His research concentrates on intermediate and high mass stars, which are the evolutionary progenitors of most white dwarfs, neutron stars and stellar-mass black holes. His current research aims at understanding the origin of and evolution of magnetic fields in stars; the role of magnetic fields in generating spectroscopic activity and in mediating accretion in late stellar formative stages; the interaction of magnetic fields and stellar winds; the factors influencing stellar rotational angular momentum; and the ultimate impact of internal and external magnetic fields on stellar evolution. Dr. Wade is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Magnetism in Massive Stars (MiMeS) collaboration, co-PI of the Binarity and Magnetic Interactions in Stars (BinaMIcS) project, and a member of the BRITE Executive Science Team (BEST) for the BRITE-Constellation mission.

In the context of RMC’s Space Surveillance Research Laboratory (SSRL), Dr. Wade also directs research related to the characterization of the structure, surface composition, and rotation of artificial satellites.

Dr. Wade is currently seeking new graduate students to begin studies in Sept. 2016.

Recent Publications

  • X-ray emission from the giant magnetosphere of the magnetic O-type star NGC 1624-2 (2015) Petit, V., Cohen, D. H., Wade, G. A., Nazé, Y., Owocki, S. P., Sundqvist, J. O., ud-Doula, A., Fullerton, A., Leutenegger, M., & Gagné, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, in press
  • Detection of magnetic fields in both B-type components of the $\epsilon$ Lupi system: a new constraint on the origin of fossil fields? (2015) Shultz, M., Wade, G. A., Alecian, E., & the BinaMIcS Collaboration, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, in press
  • Laboratory Characterization of Homogeneous Spacecraft Materials (2015) Bédard, Donald, Wade, Gregg A. and Abercromby, Kira, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, in press
  • Spectral Variations of Of?p Oblique Magnetic Rotator Candidates in the Magellanic Clouds (2015) Walborn, Nolan R., Morrell, Nidia I., Naze, Yael, Wade, Gregg A., Bagnulo, Stefano, Barba, Rodolfo H., Maiz Apellaniz, Jesus, Howarth, Ian D., Evans, Christopher J., & Sota, Alfredo, Astronomical Journal, in press
  • The magnetic field topology and chemical abundance distributions of the Ap star HD 32633 (2015) Silvester, J., Kochukhov, O., & Wade, G. A., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, in press 
  • The changing UV and X-ray properties of the Of?p star CPD -28 2561 (2015) Nazé, Yael, Sundqvist, Jon O., Fullerton, Alex W., ud-Doula, Asif, Wade, Gregg A., Rauw, Gregor, & Walborn, Nolan R., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 452, 2641 
  • Detection of 610-MHz radio emission from hot magnetic stars (2015) Chandra, P., Wade, G. A., Sundqvist, J. O., Oberoi, D., Grunhut, J. H., ud-Doula, A., Petit, V., Cohen, D. H., Oksala, M. E., & David-Uraz, A., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 452, 1245 
  • Revisiting the rigidly rotating magnetosphere model for σ Ori E - II. Magnetic Doppler imaging, arbitrary field RRM, and light variability (2015) Oksala, M. E., Kochukhov, O., Krticka, J., Townsend, R. H. D., Wade, G. A., Prvek, M., Mikulasek, Z., Silvester, J., & Owocki, S. P. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 451, 2015 
  • Confirming HD 23478 as a new magnetic B star hosting an Hα-bright centrifugal magnetosphere (2015) Sikora, J., Wade, G. A., Bohlender, D. A., Neiner, C., Oksala, M. E., Shultz, M., Cohen, D. H., ud-Doula, A., Grunhut, J., Monin, D., Owocki, S., Petit, V., Rivinus, T., & Townsend, R. H. D., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 451, 1928 
  • Observations of the Spin Period Variations of Inactive Box-wing Geosynchronous Satellites (2015) Earl, Michael A., Wade, Gregg A., Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 52, 968

A complete publication list is available from the NASA Astrophysics Data System.

In the News


Graduate students

Current  students

  • Alexander David-Uraz (PhD, Queen's)
  • Michael Earl (PhD, RMC)
  • Matthew Shultz (PhD, Queen's)
  • Zsolt Keszthelyi (PhD, Queen's)
  • James Sikora (MSc, Queen's)
  • Jason Shaw (MSc, RMC) (with Dr. Donald Bédard)
  • Carl Clancy (MSc, RMC) (with Dr. Donald Bédard)

Past students 

  • Alex Willison (MSc) (with Dr. Donald Bédard) - Research assistant RMC
  • James Silvester (PhD) - Postdoc, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Andrew Jolley (MSc) - Australian Air Force
  • Donald Bédard (PhD) - Assistant Professor, RMC
  • Michael Earl (MSc) - PhD candidate, RMC
  • Jason Grunhut (PhD) - Postdoc, ESO, Germany
  • Matthew Shulz (MSc) - PhD Candidate, Queen’s University
  • M. Oksala (PhD) (with Prof. Stanley Owocki) - Postdoc, Observatoire de Paris, France
  • Véronique Petit (PhD) (with Prof. Laurent Drissen) - Assistant Professor, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Katherine Likuski (MSc) - Canadian Forces
  • Jason Grunhut (MSc) - Postdoc, ESO, Germany
  • Mouhamadou Thiam (MSc) (with Prof. Francis LeBlanc) - Secondary school teacher, Alberta, Canada
  • Jennifer Power (MSc) - Observing assistant, Kitt Peak Observatory, USA
  • Colin Folsom (MSc) - Postdoc, Grenoble, France
  • James Silvester (MSc) - Postdoc, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Dominic Drouin (MSc) - Canadian Forces
  • Noémie Johnson (MSc) - MD graduate, Canadian Forces physician


Comments or suggestions are welcomed at: bryce.bennett@rmc.ca

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