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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). 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.


(Oct 2015) The group welcomes new PhD students Hayley Allison, Janosz Dewberry and Shyeh Tjing Loi.
(Nov 2014) A University Lectureship in Astrophysics has been advertised in our group, with a closing date of 5 January 2015.
(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.

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 2016. 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 May 13, 2016. A longer version is also available.

On turbulence driven by axial precession and tidal evolution of the spin-orbit angle of close-in giant planets
by Barker, Adrian J.; arXiv preprint (5/2016)
Gravitoturbulence in magnetised protostellar discs
by Riols, A.; Latter, H.; arXiv preprint (5/2016)
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 (5/2016)
A new angle for probing field-aligned irregularities with the Murchison Widefield Array
by Loi, Shyeh Tjing; Murphy, Tara; Cairns, Iver H.; Trott, Cathryn M.; Hurley-Walker, Natasha; Feng, Lu; Hancock, Paul J.; Kaplan, David L.; arXiv preprint (4/2016)
Lecture notes: Astrophysical fluid dynamics
by Ogilvie, Gordon I.; arXiv preprint (4/2016)
Non-linear tides in a homogeneous rotating planet or star: global simulations of the elliptical instability
by Barker, Adrian J.; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (6/2016)