Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics and Nonlinear Dynamics

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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.


(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, Rob 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 automatically updated on September 29, 2014, and may contain some spurious entries. A longer version is also available.

Hydrodynamic instability in eccentric astrophysical discs
by Barker, Adrian J.; Ogilvie, Gordon I.; arXiv preprint (9/2014)
Local and global dynamics of eccentric astrophysical discs
by Ogilvie, Gordon I.; Barker, Adrian J.; arXiv preprint (9/2014)
Dynamical corotation torques on low-mass planets
by Paardekooper, S.-J.; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (11/2014)
Tidal Dissipation in Stars and Giant Planets
by Ogilvie, Gordon I.; Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics (8/2014)
Theory and Simulations of Rotating Convection
by Barker, Adrian J.; Dempsey, Adam M.; Lithwick, Yoram; The Astrophysical Journal (8/2014)
Inverse cascade and symmetry breaking in rapidly-rotating Boussinesq convection
by Favier, B.; Silvers, L. J.; Proctor, M. R. E.; arXiv preprint (8/2014)
Solar Activity in the Past and the Chaotic Behaviour of the Dynamo
by Arlt, Rainer; Weiss, Nigel; Space Science Reviews (7/2014)
Tidal interactions of a Maclaurin spheroid - I. Properties of free oscillation modes
by Braviner, Harry J.; Ogilvie, Gordon I.; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (7/2014)
The ballistic transport instability in Saturn's rings - III. Numerical simulations
by Latter, Henrik N.; Ogilvie, Gordon I.; Chupeau, Marie; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (7/2014)
The ballistic transport instability in Saturn's rings - II. Non-linear wave dynamics
by Latter, Henrik N.; Ogilvie, Gordon I.; Chupeau, Marie; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (7/2014)
Three body resonances in close orbiting planetary systems: Tidal dissipation and orbital evolution
by Papaloizou, John C. B.; arXiv preprint (5/2014)
Global evolution of the magnetic field in a thin disc and its consequences for protoplanetary systems
by Guilet, Jérôme; Ogilvie, Gordon I.; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (6/2014)