Michael Parker

ESA Research Fellow


Main Research Fields

  • X-ray data analysis with XMM-Newton, NuSTAR, Chandra, Swift, etc.
  • Relativistic reflection from accretion disks around black holes in AGN and X-ray binaries
  • Ultra-fast outflows from AGN
  • Variability and timing techniques, particularly blind spectral decomposition


A full list of my publications can be found via this ADS link.

Recent highlights:

  • The 1.5 Ms observing campaign on IRAS 13224-3809: X-ray Spectral Analysis I, Jiang, J; Parker, M. L. et al., MNRAS, 2018
  • Alternative explanations for extreme super-solar iron abundances inferred from the energy spectrum of Cygnus X-1, Tomsick, J.; Parker, M. L. et al, ApJ, 2018
  • Using principal component analysis to understand the variability of PDS 456, Parker, M. L. et al, MNRAS, 2018
  • X-ray reflection from the inner disk of the AGN Ton S180, Parker, M. L.; Miller, J. M.; Fabian, A. C., MNRAS, 2018
  • Ultrafast outflows disappear in high-radiation fields, Pinto, C.; Alston, W.; Parker, M. L. et al., MNRAS, 2018
  • The response of relativistically outflowing gas to the inner accretion disk of a black hole, Parker, M. L. et al., Nature, 2017