Gregg A. Wade

Dr Gregg Wade
Gregg A. Wade
BSc, MSc, PhD, Professor
Sawyer Building, Room 4416
(613) 541-6000 ext 6419
(613) 541-6040
Department of Physics and Space Science

College Address

Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario, CANADA
K7K 7B4


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 past-Chair of the international BRITE Executive Science Team (BEST) for the BRITE-Constellation mission.

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

Dr. Wade was awarded RMC’s Cowan Prize for Excellence in Research in 2019.

Recent Publications

  • Shultz, M. E., Owocki, S. P., ud-Doula, A., Biswas, A., Bohlender, D., Chandra, P., Das, B., David-Uraz, A., Khalack, V., Kochukhov, O., Landstreet, J. D., Leto, P., Monin, D., Neiner, C., Rivinius, Th., and Wade, G. A., (2022) “MOBSTER -- VI. The crucial influence of rotation on the radio magnetospheres of hot stars”, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, in press
  • Elliott, Ashley, Richardson, Noel D., Pablo, Herbert, Moffat, Anthony F. J., Bowman, Dominic M., Ibrahim, Nour, Handler, Gerald, Lovekin, Catherine, Popowicz, Adam, St-Louis, Nicole, Wade, Gregg A., and Zwintz, Konstanze, (2022) “5 yr of BRITE-Constellation photometry of the luminous blue variable P Cygni: properties of the stochastic low-frequency variability”, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 509, 4246
  • Lenoir-Craig, Guillaume, St-Louis, Nicole, Moffat, Anthony F. J., Pablo, Herbert, Handler, Gerald, Kuschnig, Rainer, Popowicz, Adam, Wade, Gregg, and Zwintz, Konstanze, (2022) “A Study of the Stochastic Photometric Variability in the Winds of Galactic Wolf-Rayet Stars”, The Astrophysical Journal, 925, 79
  • Song, H. F., Meynet, G., Maeder, A., Mowlavi, N., Stroud, S. R., Keszthelyi, Z., Ekström, S., Eggenberger, P., Georgy, C., Wade, G. A., and Qin, Y., (2022) “News from Gaia on σ Ori E: A case study for the wind magnetic braking process”, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 657, A60
  • Munoz, M. S., Wade, G. A., Faes, D. M., Carciofi, A. C., and Labadie-Bartz, J., (2021) “Untangling magnetic massive star properties with linear polarization variability and the analytic dynamical magnetosphere model”, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, in press
  • Grunhut, J. H., Wade, G. A., Folsom, C. P., Neiner, C., Kochukhov, O., Alecian, E., Shultz, M., Petit, V., MiMeS, the, and BinaMIcS collaborations, (2021) “The magnetic field and magnetosphere of Plaskett's star: A fundamental shift in our understanding of the system”, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, in press
  • Stacey, Erik, Wade, Gregg A., and Barron, James, (2021) “Plaskett's Star: variability in the TESS photometric data”, proceedings of MOBSTER-1 virtual conference: Stellar Variability as a Probe of Magnetic Fields in Massive Stars, 20
  • Das, Barnali, Chandra, Poonam, Shultz, Matt E., Wade, Gregg A., Sikora, James, Kochukhov, Oleg, Neiner, Coralie, Oksala, Mary E., and Alecian, Evelyne, (2021) “Discovery of eight 'Main-sequence Radio Pulse emitters' using the GMRT: clues to the onset of coherent radio emission in hot magnetic stars”, The Astrophysical Journal, in press
  • Erba, C., Shultz, M. E., Petit, V., Fullerton, A. W., Henrichs, H. F., Kochukhov, O., Rivinius, T., and Wade, G. A., (2021) “Confirmation of ξ1 CMa's ultra-slow rotation: magnetic polarity reversal and a dramatic change in magnetospheric UV emission lines”, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 506, 2296
  • Wade, Gregg, Shultz, Matt, and Petit, Veronique, (2021) “The magnetic desert from the MiMeS perspective”, proceedings of OBA Stars: Variability and Magnetic Fields, 23

In the News



Graduate students

Current  students

  • James Barron (PhD, Queen's)
  • Erik Stacey (MSc, RMC)
  • Angelo Hollett (MSc, Queen’s)
  • Mohammed Elmankabady (MSc, RMC)

Past students

  • Melissa Munoz (PhD, Queen’s) - withdrew
  • Giuseppe Ramacieri (MSc, RMC) - Canadian Forces
  • James Sikora (PhD, Queen's) - Postdoctoral Fellow, Sherbrooke university
  • Zsolt Keszthelyi (PhD, Queen's) - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Amsterdam
  • Michael Earl (PhD, RMC) - Assistant Professor, RMC
  • Jason Shaw (MSc, RMC) (with Dr. Donald Bédard) - Canadian Forces
  • Matthew Shultz (PhD, Queen's) - Annie Jump Cannon Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Delaware
  • Carl Clancy (MSc, RMC) (with Dr. Donald Bédard) - Flt Lt, Australian Air Force
  • Alexandre David-Uraz (PhD, Queen's) - NSERC Postdoctoral fellow, University of Delaware
  • Alex Willison (MSc) (with Dr. Donald Bédard)
  • James Silvester (PhD)
  • Andrew Jolley (MSc) - Australian Air Force
  • Donald Bédard (PhD) - Canadian Forces
  • Michael Earl (MSc)
  • Jason Grunhut (PhD) - Data Scientist, Telus Canada
  • Matthew Shultz (MSc)
  • M. Oksala (PhD) (with Prof. Stanley Owocki) - Assistant Professor, California Lutheran University
  • Véronique Petit (PhD) (with Prof. Laurent Drissen) - Assistant Professor, University of Delaware
  • Katherine Likuski (MSc) - Canadian Forces
  • Jason Grunhut (MSc)
  • Mouhamadou Thiam (MSc) (with Prof. Francis LeBlanc) - PhD Candidate, Moncton University
  • Jennifer Power (MSc) - Observing assistant, LBTO, USA
  • Colin Folsom (MSc) - Postdoc, Toulouse, France
  • James Silvester (MSc)
  • Dominic Drouin (MSc) - Canadian Forces
  • Noémie Johnson (MSc) - MD graduate, Canadian Forces physician




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