Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics and Nonlinear Dynamics
About the Group
The group carries out research into a wide range of topics involving astrophysical fluid dynamics and non-linear patterns. Specific astrophysical interests include stellar magnetohydrodynamics (particularly dynamo theory, magnetoconvection and the physics of sunspots), accretion discs, protoplanetary systems, extrasolar planetary systems and galaxy clusters. Many of these areas of research are related to topics in non-linear dynamics, particularly pattern formation and bifurcation theory. More information about the group's research projects is available here. The Atomic Astrophysics group maintains a separate website.
- (Oct 2012) New Postdoctoral vacancy: Applications are invited for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Astrophysics Group in DAMTP. Closing date 20 December 2012.
- (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.
- (June 2012) We are pleased to congratulate Adrian Barker who was awarded a runner-up prize in the RAS Michael Penston competition 2011, for his PhD thesis 'Tidal Interactions between Planets and Stars'.
- (Oct 2011) Our group bids a warm welcome to its newest members, Dr. Benjamin Favier and Dr Meng Xiang-Gruess.
- Three new studies on Saturn's rings
- Members of the Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics Group have announced the results of three studies concerning the formation and evolution of small moons in Saturn's rings.
1. The recent formation of Saturn's moonlets from viscous spreading of the main rings - Sebastien Charnoz, Julien Salmon and Aurelien Crida
2. Stochastic orbital migration of small bodies in Saturn's rings - Hanno Rein and John Papaloizou
3. Migration of a moonlet in a ring of solid particles: Theory and application to Saturn's propellers - Aurelien Crida, John Papaloizou, Hanno Rein, Sebastien Charnoz and Julien Salmon
- Academic Couples
- An article in The Guardian describes the live of academic couples including our group member Zoe Leinhardt. (March 2010)
- A New Theory on Why the Sun Never Swallowed the Earth
- See this TIME Magazine article and this slashdot post about some recent work by Sijme-Jan Paardekooper and Mordecai-Mark Mac Low. (January 2010)
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 2013. 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) at 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 automatically updated on June 1, 2013, and may contain some spurious entries. A longer version is also available.
- On the problem of large-scale magnetic field generation in rotating compressible convection
- by Favier, B.; Bushby, P. J.; Journal of Fluid Mechanics (5/2013)
- A unified normal mode approach to dynamic tides and its application to rotating Sun-like stars
- by Ivanov, P. B.; Papaloizou, J. C. B.; Chernov, S. V.; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (5/2013)
- Influence of the circumbinary disk gravity on planetesimal accumulation in the Kepler-16 system
- by Marzari, F.; Thebault, P.; Scholl, H.; Picogna, G.; Baruteau, C.; Astronomy & Astrophysics (5/2013)
- The formation of systems with closely spaced low-mass planets and the application to Kepler-36
- by Paardekooper, Sijme-Jan; Rein, Hanno; Kley, Willy; arXiv preprint (4/2013)
- The Stability of Dust-Laden Vortices
- by Railton, A. D.; Papaloizou, J. C. B.; Instabilities and Structures in Proto-Planetary Disks (4/2013)
- Vortex migration in protoplanetary discs
- by Paardekooper, Sijme-Jan; Lesur, Geoffroy; Papaloizou, John C. B.; Instabilities and Structures in Proto-Planetary Disks (4/2013)
- The formation and stability of vortices in protoplanetary disks
- by Papaloizou, J. C. B.; Railton, A. D.; Instabilities and Structures in Proto-Planetary Disks (4/2013)
- Interaction between massive planets on inclined orbits and circumstellar discs
- by Xiang-Gruess, M.; Papaloizou, J. C. B.; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (5/2013)
- Large-scale N-body simulations of the viscous overstability in Saturn's rings
- by Rein, Hanno; Latter, Henrik N.; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (5/2013)
- Local outflows from turbulent accretion disks
- by Fromang, S.; Latter, H.; Lesur, G.; Ogilvie, G. I.; Astronomy & Astrophysics (4/2013)
- MHD flows from stars and accretion discs
- by Papaloizou, John; Astronomy & Geophysics (10/2012)
- Type I planet migration in weakly magnetized laminar discs
- by Guilet, Jérôme; Baruteau, Clément; Papaloizou, John C. B.; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (4/2013)
- Hydrodynamic instability in warped astrophysical discs
- by Ogilvie, Gordon I.; Latter, Henrik N.; arXiv preprint (3/2013)