Gregg A. Wade

Dr Gregg Wade
Gregg A. Wade
BSc, MSc, PhD, Professor
Sawyer Building, Room 4314
(613) 541-6000 ext 6140
(613) 541-6040
Department of Physics and Space Science
Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario, CANADA
K7K 7B4

Head of the Department of Physics and Space Science


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 and Vice-Chair 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.

Recent Publications

  • Investigating the origin of cyclical wind variability in hot massive stars - II. Hydrodynamical simulations of corotating interaction regions using realistic spot parameters for the O giant ξ Persei, David-Uraz, A., Owocki, S. P., Wade, G. A., Sundqvist, J. O., Kee, N. D., 2017, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 470, 3672
  • BRITE Constellation: data processing and photometry, Popowicz, A., Pigulski, A., Bernacki, K., Kuschnig, R., Pablo, H., Ramiaramanantsoa, T., Zocłońska, E., Baade, D., Handler, G., Moffat, A. F. J., Wade, G. A., Neiner, C., Rucinski, S. M., Weiss, W. W., Koudelka, O., Orleański, P., Schwarzenberg-Czerny, A., Zwintz, K., 2017, Astronomy & Astrophysics 605, 26
  • How unique is Plaskett's star? A search for organized magnetic fields in short period, interacting or post-interaction massive binary systemsNazé, Yaël, Neiner, Coralie, Grunhut, Jason, Bagnulo, Stefano, Alecian, Evelyne, Rauw, Gregor, Wade, Gregg A., and the BinaMIcS Collaboration, 2017, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 467, 501
  • First constraints on the magnetic field strength in extra-Galactic stars: FORS2 observations of Of?p stars in the Magellanic Clouds, Bagnulo, S., Naze, Y., Howarth, I. D., Morrell, N., Vink, J. S., Wade, G. A., Walborn, N., Romaniello, M., Barba, R., 2017, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 601, 136
  • The Most Massive Heartbeat: An In-depth Analysis of iota Origins, Pablo, Herbert, Richardson, N. D., Fuller, J.; Rowe, J., Moffat, A. F. J., Kuschnig, R., Popowicz, A., Handler, G., Neiner, C., Pigulski, A., Wade, G. A., Weiss, W., et al., 2017, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 467, 2494
  • Magnetic field structure in single late-type giants: The weak G-band giant 37 Comae from 2008 to 2011, Tsvetkova, S.; Petit, P.; Konstantinova-Antova, R.; Aurière, M.; Wade, G. A.; Palacios, A.; Charbonnel, C.; Drake, N. A., 2017, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 599, 72
  • Magnetic massive stars as progenitors of "heavy" stellar-mass black holes, Petit, V., Keszthelyi, Z., MacInnis, R., Cohen, D. H., Townsend, R. H. D., Wade, G. A., Thomas, S. L., Owocki, S. P., Puls, J., ud-Doula, A., 2016, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 466, 1052
  • The MiMeS survey of magnetism in massive stars: Magnetic analysis of the O-type stars, Grunhut, J. H., Wade, G. A., Neiner, C., Oksala, M. E., Petit, V., Alecian, E., Bohlender, D. A., Bouret, J.-C., Henrichs, H. F., Hussain, G. A. J., Kochukhov, O. and the MiMeS Collaboration, 2016, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 465, 2432
  • Modeling the early evolution of massive OB stars with an experimental wind routine, Z. Keszthelyi, J. Puls, G.A. Wade, 2016, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 598, 4
  • HD 164492C: a rapidly-rotating, Halpha-bright, magnetic early B star associated with a 12.5d spectroscopic binary, Wade, G. A., Shultz, M., Sikora, J., Bernier, M.-É., Rivinius, Th., Alecian, E., Petit, V., Grunhut, J. H. and the BinaMIcS collaboration, 2016,Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 465, 2517
  • The BRITE Constellation nanosatellite mission: Testing, commissioning and operations, Pablo, H., Whittaker, G. N., Popowicz, A., Mochnacki, S. M., Kuschnig, R., Grant, C. C., Moffat, A. F. J., Rucinski, S. M., Matthews, J. M., Schwarzenberg-Czerny, A., Handler, G., Weiss, W. W., Baade, D., Wade, G. A., et al., Publication of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Pacific, 128, 125001
  • HD 35502: a hierarchical triple system with a magnetic B5IVpe primary, Sikora, J., Wade, G. A., Bohlender, D. A., Shultz, M., Adelman, S. J., Alecian, E., Hanes, D., Monin, D., Neiner, C., MiMeS Collaboration, BinaMIcS Collaboration, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 460, 1811
  • Massive pulsating stars observed by BRITE-Constellation. I. The triple system β Centauri (2016) Pigulski, A., Cugier, H., Popowicz, A., Kuschnig, R., Moffat, A. F. J., Rucinski, S. M., Schwarzenberg-Czerny, A., Weiss, W. W., Handler, G., Wade, G. A., et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 588, 55
  • Magnetic field topology of τ Scorpii. The uniqueness problem of Stokes V ZDI inversions (2016) Kochukhov, O. & Wade, G. A., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 586, 30
  • 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, 453, 3288
  • Detection of magnetic fields in both B-type components of the ε 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, 454, 1

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

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Graduate students

Current  students

  • Giuseppe Ramacieri (MSc, RMC)
  • Zsolt Keszthelyi (PhD, Queen's)
  • Melissa Munoz (PhD, Queen's)
  • James Sikora (PhD, Queen's)

Past students

  • Michael Earl (PhD, RMC) - Postdoctoral Fellow, Space Mission Training CREATE, University of Saskatchewan
  • Jason Shaw (MSc, RMC) (with Dr. Donald Bédard) - Canadian Forces
  • Matthew Shultz (PhD, Queen's) - NSERC postdoctoral fellow, Uppsala University
  • Carl Clancy (MSc, RMC) (with Dr. Donald Bédard) - Flt Lt, Australian Air Force
  • Alexandre David-Uraz (PhD, Queen's) - Postdoctoral fellow, Florida Institute of Technology
  • 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, Dunlap Institute, Canada
  • Matthew Shultz (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, Dunlap Institute, Canada
  • 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




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