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Professor Carl D. Murray

Carl D. Murray

Astronomy Unit, School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London

Carl is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London. He is a planetary scientist who is interested in all aspects of the dynamics of the solar system – from the evolution of dust particles to the stability of planets. He has a particular interest in the dynamics of Saturn's rings and their gravitational interactions with nearby moons. Carl has been a member of the Cassini Imaging Team since he was selected in 1990; he is the only UK member of the team. Asteroid (5598) Carlmurray is named in his honour.

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The discovery of the object "Peggy" at the edge of Saturn's A ring 
(April 2013)

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The recovery of Saturn's moon Anthe (top left) and the discovery of its ring arc
(October 2007)

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Saturn's F ring and the perturbing moon Prometheus
(June 2010)

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Solar System Dynamics by C.D. Murray & S.F. Dermott

Solar System Dynamics

Carl Murray and Stan Dermott are co-authors of the textbook, Solar System Dynamics, published by Cambridge University Press.


Matt Tiscareno and Carl Murray are co-editors of the book, Planetary Ring Systems, published by Cambridge University Press.

Planetary Ring Systems
Planetary Ring Systems
Planetary Ring Systems by Matt Tiscareno and Carl Murray
Planetary Ring Systems
disturbing function
Expansion of the Planetary Disturbing Function to Eight Order in the Individual Oribital Elements

In 1993 Carl Murray and David Harper published an explicit expansion of the planetary disturbing function in the individual orbital elements.  The expansion was generated using the Mathematica and Maple packages. The resulting 436-page book was produced as Volume 15 of the QMW Maths Notes series but it is no longer available.  As a service to astronomers interested in accessing this publication a PDF copy of the expansion has been made available here for downloading at no cost.  The Introduction provides more information about the expansion.  

Further details are available in the publication, "Disturbing function expansions" by D. Harper and C.D. Murray. Maple Technical Newsletter, Special issue, December 1994, 24–28. (1994). 

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