Professor Gordon Ogilvie


  • 2013-present: Professor of Mathematical Astrophysics, DAMTP, Cambridge
  • 2000-present: Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge
  • 2009-2013: Reader in Mathematical Astrophysics, DAMTP, Cambridge
  • 2005-2009: University Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, DAMTP, Cambridge
  • 2000-2005: Royal Society University Research Fellow, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
  • 1998-1999: Postdoc, Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Garching, Germany
  • 1997: Postdoc, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, USA
  • 1996-2000: Denman Baynes Research Student/Fellow, Clare College, Cambridge


Gordon Ogilvie's research is concerned mainly with the dynamics of astrophysical discs, consisting of material in orbital motion around a central mass. These include planetary rings such as Saturn's, the discs of dusty gas within which planets may form around young stars, and the plasma accretion discs surrounding compact stars or black holes in close binary stars or in the centres of active galaxies. He is interested in basic dynamical problems such as:

  • Processes that lead to sustained nonlinear behaviour and angular momentum transport, e.g. through hydrodynamic or magnetohydrodynamic instabilities of rotating shear flows
  • The dynamics of warped or eccentric discs, involving mutually inclined or elliptical orbits, which can be described by a variety of nonlinear wave equations
  • The secular and resonant interactions between discs and orbiting companions such as planets

He has a general interest in the dynamics of planetary systems, especially those extrasolar planets found in close proximity to the star. Their fate can be determined by their tidal interaction with the star, which requires the study of low-frequency waves in rotating fluids.

Selected Publications

  • Ogilvie, G. I. and Latter, H. N. (2013). Local and global dynamics of warped astrophysical discs. Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 433, 2403
  • Ogilvie, G. I. (2013). Tides in rotating barotropic fluid bodies: the contribution of inertial waves and the role of internal structure. Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 429, 613
  • Ogilvie, G. I. (2012). Jet launching from accretion discs in the local approximation. Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 423, 1318
  • Ogilvie, G. I. and Lesur, G. (2012). On the interaction betwen tides and convection. Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 422, 1975
  • Ogilvie, G. I. (2009). Tidal dissipation in rotating fluid bodies: a simplified model. Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 396, 794
  • Ogilvie, G. I. (2008). 3D eccentric discs around Be stars. Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 388, 1372
  • Ogilvie, G. I. (2007). Mean-motion resonances in satellite-disc interactions. Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 374, 131
  • Ogilvie, G. I. (2006). Non-linear bending waves in Keplerian accretion discs. Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 365, 977
  • Ogilvie, G. I. (2005). Wave attractors and the asymptotic dissipation rate of tidal disturbances. J. Fluid Mech. 543, 19
  • Ogilvie, G. I. and Lin, D. N. C. (2004). Tidal dissipation in rotating giant planets. Astrophys. J. 610, 477
  • Ogilvie, G. I. and Lubow, S. H. (2003). Saturation of the corotation resonance in a gaseous disk. Astrophys. J. 587, 398
  • Ogilvie, G. I. and Proctor, M. R. E. (2003). On the relation between viscoelastic and magnetohydrodynamic flows and their instabilities. J. Fluid Mech. 476, 389
  • Ogilvie, G. I. (2002). Tidally distorted accretion discs in binary stars. Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 330, 937
  • Ogilvie, G. I. (2001). Non-linear fluid dynamics of eccentric discs. Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 325, 231