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Analogue simulations of rotating black holes

School of Mathematical Sciences

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Dr S Weinfurtner Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

We are currently carrying out an experiment to study the effects occurring around effective horizons in an analogue gravity system. In particular, the scientific goals are to explore superradiant scattering and the black hole evaporation process. To address this issue experimentally, we utilize the analogy between waves on the surface of a stationary draining fluid/superfluid flows and the behaviour of classical and quantum field excitations in the vicinity of rotating black. We are looking for a PhD student to get involved in the theoretical and/or experimental aspects of this projects. More information about the project can be found here:

The students will be based at the University of Nottingham at the School of Mathematical Sciences. The external collaborators are Prof. Josef Niemela (ICTP, Italy), Prof. Vitor Cardoso (Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal), and Prof. Stefano Liberati (SISSA, Italy). The external consultant for the experiment is Prof. Bill Unruh (University of British Columbia, Canada), who will be a regular visitor.

This studentship is linked to the EPSRC project " Black Hole Superradiance in Rotating Fluids (SURF)".

Summary: UK/EU students - Tuition Fees paid, and full Stipend at the RCUK rate, which is £14,296 per annum for 2016/17. There will also be some support available for you to claim for limited conference attendance. The scholarship length will be 3 or 3.5, depending on the qualifications and training needs of the successful applicant. This studentship can be extended to cover full-international fees. To be eligible for this extension, applications must be received by the end of January 2017 at the latest.

Funding Notes

Eligibility/Entry Requirements: We require an enthusiastic graduate with a 1st class degree in Mathematics (or other highly mathematical field such as Physics or Chemistry), preferably at MMath/MSc level, or an equivalent overseas degree (in exceptional circumstances a 2:1 class degree, or equivalent, can be considered).

Apply: This studentship is available to start from September 2017 and remain open until it is filled. To apply please visit the University Of Nottingham application page:

For any enquiries please email: [Email Address Removed]

This studentship is open until filled. Early application is strongly encouraged.
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