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). More information about the group's research projects is available here. The Atomic Astrophysics group maintains a separate website. The group is part of the Cambridge Exoplanet Research Centre, which involves researchers from several departments at the University of Cambridge.
- (Nov 2016) Applications are invited for Postdoctoral Research Associate positions in our group, with a closing date of 31 December 2016.
- (Oct 2016) The group welcomes new PhD students Loren Held and Elliot Lynch, and new staff member Roman Rafikov who has been appointed to the position of University Lecturer in Astrophysics.
- (Oct 2015) The group welcomes new PhD students Hayley Allison, Janosz Dewberry and Shyeh Tjing Loi.
- (Oct 2014) The group welcomes new Postdocs Andrew Hillier, Antoine Riols-Fonclare, Robert Teed & Jean Teyssandier, as well as new PhD students Sargam Mulay, Joseph Paris, Valeria Shumaylova & Marcela Vitti and new intern Quentin André.
- (Oct 2013) The group welcomes new postdoc Adrian Barker and new PhD students Vanessa Polito, Johnathan Ross and Riccardo Vanon.
- (Sept 2013) We congratulate Gordon Ogilvie on being appointed to a Professorship of Mathematical Astrophysics.
- (Oct 2012) Dr. Henrik Latter has been appointed to a University Lectureship in Astrophysics in DAMTP.
- (Oct 2012) Dr. Sijme-Jan Paardekooper has begun a Royal Society University Research Fellowship.
- (Oct 2012) Professor Michael Proctor, FRS has been announced as Provost-elect of King's College.
We welcome applications for PhD studentships. The group, together with the Atomic Astrophysics Group, has allocated funding from STFC for astrophysics research studentships that are available from October 2017. Studentships are normally allocated around Easter. However, depending on circumstances, some may be advertised at other times. To find out if you are eligible and for further information regarding the application procedure and funding please check out http://damtp.cam.ac.uk/research/astro/about/phd.html.
Some possible projects in astrophysics and potential supervisors are listed on our research pages. Potential supervisors may also be contacted individually. Information relating to research projects undertaken by current PhD students can be found on the group members page where there are also links to personal websites where available.
The above links provide coverage of research activities within the group but please do not hesitate to contact via email Virginia Mullins (Group Secretary) or one of the staff members listed if you have any other queries or require further information regarding research opportunities within the group.
Recent Scientific Publications
This list was updated on November 17, 2016. A longer version is also available.
- On the energy dissipation rate at the inner edge of circumbinary discs
- by Terquem, Caroline; Papaloizou, John C. B.; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (1/2017)
- On dust--gas gravitational instabilities in protoplanetary discs
- by Latter, Henrik N.; Rosca, Roxana; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (1/2017)
- Non-axisymmetric instabilities in discs with imposed zonal flows
- by Vanon, R.; Ogilvie, G. I.; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (12/2016)
- Elastohydrodynamic synchronization of adjacent beating flagella
- by Goldstein, Raymond E.; Lauga, Eric; Pesci, Adriana I.; Proctor, Michael R. E.; Physical Review Fluids (11/2016)
- Consequences of tidal interaction between disks and orbiting protoplanets for the evolution of multi-planet systems with architecture resembling that of Kepler 444
- by Papaloizou, J. C. B.; Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy (11/2016)
- Density diagnostics derived from the O iv and S iv intercombination lines observed by IRIS
- by Polito, V.; Del Zanna, G.; Dudík, J.; Mason, H. E.; Giunta, A.; Reeves, K. K.; Astronomy & Astrophysics (10/2016)