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  Black hole astrophysics through timing studies
  Research Group: Astronomy and Space Science
  Dr S Vaughan, Prof G Wynn
Application Deadline: 31 January 2019
Accreting black holes hold many mysteries despite five decades of study. They are too small to image directly and so to understand the physics of such systems we must rely on what we can learn from the variations in brightness and the energy spectrum of the light they emit.
  Developments in Intensity Interferometry
  Research Group: Astronomy and Space Science
  Prof J Lapington
Application Deadline: 31 January 2019
One of the strongest drivers in astronomy is the observation of the universe in ever greater detail by improving the spatial resolution of telescopes.
  Ultra-low frequency waves in the terrestrial magnetosphere
  Research Group: Astronomy and Space Science
  Prof TK Yeoman, Dr D Wright
Application Deadline: 31 January 2019
Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) waves are a ubiquitous phenomenon in astrophysical plasmas. Within the Terrestrial space environment, such waves manifest themselves as Ultra low frequency (ULF) waves with periods ranging from tens to thousands of seconds.
  Mercury’s Space Environment: building on recent explorations of the space environment of Mercury using MESSENGER data
  Research Group: Astronomy and Space Science
  Prof TK Yeoman, Dr S Imber
Application Deadline: 31 January 2019
The University of Leicester has a research team focusing on understanding the space environment of Mercury, in preparation for the recently-launched ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury, for which the University of Leicester have built the MIXS (Mercury imaging X-ray spectrometer) instrument and have a PI instrument role.
  The planetary graveyard - searching for the remnants of exoplanet systems around dead stars
  Research Group: Astronomy and Space Science
  Dr M Burleigh, Dr S Casewell
Application Deadline: 31 January 2019
There is growing evidence that planetary systems are ubiquitous throughout the galaxy. Ground and spaced based surveys have found thousands of planets around stars.
  Magnetospheres of exoplanets
  Research Group: Astronomy and Space Science
  Dr J Nichols, Prof G Wynn
Application Deadline: 31 January 2019
Many thousands of exoplanets have been discovered to date. However, there is a limit on the information which can be obtained from conventional observation methods.
  Extra-Solar Gas Giant Planets, theories meet observations
  Research Group: Astronomy and Space Science
  Prof S Nayakshin, Dr M Burleigh
Application Deadline: 31 January 2019
The census of close separation exoplanets now exceeds thousands of planets around stars of different masses, metallicities, and binarity.
  Multi-messenger astrophysics: exploring the electromagnetic characteristics of short-duration GRBs and kilonovae
  Research Group: Astronomy and Space Science
  Prof N Tanvir, Dr R Starling
Application Deadline: 31 January 2019
Binaries consisting of two neutron stars or a neutron star and a black hole, will eventually merge due to orbital decay through the emission of gravitational radiation.
  Do black holes affect how galaxies evolve?
  Research Group: Astronomy and Space Science
  Dr J Aird, Prof MG Watson
Application Deadline: 31 January 2019
Supermassive black holes are now thought to lurk at the centres of most, if not all, galaxies but it is still unclear how these black holes form, what drives their subsequent growth over the history of the Universe, and how they affect the galaxies they lie in.
  Radar Sounding of the Martian Atmosphere
  Research Group: Astronomy and Space Science
  Prof M Lester, Prof S Milan
Application Deadline: 31 January 2019
For the last 14 years or so the Mars Express (MEX) spacecraft has been orbiting Mars. For much of that time the Mars Sub Surface and Ionospheric Sounder (MARSIS) has been operational making measurements of the ionosphere at Mars (e.g.
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