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About the group

The group carries out research into a wide range of topics involving astrophysical fluid dynamics and nonlinear dynamics. Specific astrophysical interests include the dynamics of astrophysical discs, planetary formation and evolution, extrasolar planetary systems and stellar magnetohydrodynamics (particularly dynamo theory, magnetoconvection and the physics of sunspots).

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Applications are invited for three Postdoctoral Research Associates in the Astrophysics group (closing date 11 December 2022). The funding for these positions has now been confirmed.

Applications are welcomed for PhD studentships in the Astrophysics group (closing date 5 January 2023).

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PhD opportunties

A wide range of possible research topics is available and we welcome enquiries from potential applicants. The closing date for applications is 5 January 2023.

Read more at: Astrophysical dynamics

Astrophysical dynamics

Discs are ubiquitous in astrophysics and participate in some of its most important processes. Most, but not all, feed a central mass: by facilitating the transfer of angular momentum, they permit the accretion of material that would otherwise stay in orbit. As a consequence, discs are essential to star, planet and satellite formation. They also regulate the growth of supermassive black holes and thus indirectly influence galactic structure and the intra-cluster medium.

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Atomic astrophysics

Atomic physics plays a key role in astrophysics as astronomers' only information about a particular object comes through the light that it emits, and this light arises through atomic transitions. The main astronomical body that we study is the Sun and, in particular, the hot atmosphere of the Sun called the corona. The best parts of the electromagnetic spectrum to study the corona are the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) and X-rays.


Recent Publications

Soft X-Ray Spectral Diagnostics of Multithermal Plasma in Solar Flares with Chandrayaan-2 XSM
NPS Mithun, SV Vadawale, GD Zanna, YK Rao, B Joshi, A Sarkar, B Mondal, P Janardhan, A Bhardwaj, HE Mason
– The Astrophysical Journal
Anatomy of a Slow Merger: Dissecting Secularly Driven Inspirals of LIGO/Virgo Gravitational Wave Sources
C Hamilton, RR Rafikov
– Astrophysical Journal
Tidally excited gravity waves in the cores of solar-type stars: resonances and critical-layer formation
Z Guo, GI Ogilvie, AJ Barker
Density waves in protoplanetary discs excited by eccentric planets: linear theory
CW Fairbairn, RR Rafikov
– Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
A new window to tidal asteroseismology: non-linearly excited stellar eigenmodes and the period spacing pattern in KOI-54
Z Guo, GI Ogilvie, G Li, RHD Townsend, M Sun
– Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

DAMTP Astrophysics Seminars

There are no upcoming talks currently scheduled in this series.