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  Gravitaitonal wave research with LIGO
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Prof E Daw
Applications accepted all year round

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The gravitational wave research group at Sheffield partakes in a variety of research as a member group of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.
  High-speed astrophysics with HiPERCAM, ULTRACAM and ULTRASPEC
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Prof V Dhillon, Dr S Littlefair
Applications accepted all year round

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HiPERCAM, ULTRACAM and ULTRASPEC are high-speed cameras built by Sheffield/Warwick/UKATC for the study of astrophysics on fast timescales.
  How are AGN triggered?
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Prof C Tadhunter
Applications accepted all year round

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To accurately incorporate active galactic nuclei (AGN) into galaxy evolution models it is important to understand how and when AGN are triggered as their their host galaxies grow via gas accretion, and also whether the triggering mechanism depends on the luminosity of the AGN.
  How do people first learn to spot patterns?
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Dr J Maund, Dr J Mullaney
Applications accepted all year round

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How people separate things into objects that look the same and objects that look different? How do people identify which particular characteristics are…
  How good is the far-IR as a tracer of star formation activity in AGN host galaxies?
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Prof C Tadhunter
Applications accepted all year round

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In order to understand the links between black hole growth and galaxy evolution it is crucial to have a “clean” indicator of the star formation activity in host galaxies of active galactic nuclei (AGN).
  Properties of evolved, hot luminous stars from large spectroscopic surveys
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Dr P Crowther
Applications accepted all year round

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Massive stars are rare, though dominate the radiative, mechanical and chemical feedback in star-forming galaxies. Historically, spectroscopic studies of hot massive stars in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies have been restricted to small sample sizes.
  Quantifying star formation
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Dr R Parker
Applications accepted all year round

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Stars form in relatively dense groups containing tens to millions of other stars, and these environments directly influence both young planets as they are forming, as well as the global evolution of galaxies.
  Quantifying the impact of AGN on their host galaxies
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Prof C Tadhunter
Applications accepted all year round

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There is increasing speculation that active galactic nuclei (AGN) have a major impact on the evolution of their host galaxies by driving powerful jets and outflows that eject the cool gas, thereby affecting the star formation histories of the galaxy bulges.
  Surveying the sky for hungry black holes
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Dr J Mullaney
Applications accepted all year round

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Over the next five years, a new dimension in astronomy will reach maturity. the temporal dimension. Rather relying on static "photos" of the sky, astronomers will transition to "filming" sky night after night.
  The environments of star and planet formation
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Dr S Goodwin
Applications accepted all year round

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Young stars are often found in high-density environments, this means that encounters between young stars can be common and this will change their binary properties and affect planet-forming discs.
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