Centre for Mathematical Sciences, home of DAMTP and DPMMS

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.

The group's recent publication list and the most cited scientific publications written by group members are updated regularly and give an overview of our research activities.


(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.

Shearing box simulations of gravitational instability in disks (Antoine Riols)

PhD Applications

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

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 March 2, 2017. A longer version is also available.

MRI turbulence and thermal instability in accretion disks
by Ross, Johnathan; Latter, Henrik; Tehranchi, Michael; arXiv preprint (3/2017)
Tidal interactions in spin-orbit misaligned systems
by Lin, Yufeng; Ogilvie, Gordon; arXiv preprint (2/2017)
Secular evolution of eccentricity in protoplanetary discs with gap-opening planets
by Teyssandier, Jean; Ogilvie, Gordon I.; arXiv preprint (2/2017)
Torsional Alfvén resonances as an efficient damping mechanism for non-radial oscillations in red giant stars
by Loi, Shyeh Tjing; Papaloizou, John C. B.; arXiv preprint (1/2017)
Planetary rings and other astrophysical disks
by Latter, Henrik N.; Ogilvie, Gordon I.; Rein, Hanno; arXiv preprint (1/2017)
Protoplanetary Disks as (Possibly) Viscous Disks
by Rafikov, Roman R.; arXiv preprint (1/2017)