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Friday, February 12, 2021 Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding
St Andrews United Kingdom Applied Mathematics Astrophysics Other Theoretical Physics

About the Project

The question why the Sun’s outer atmosphere (corona) is so much hotter than the solar surface (photosphere) remains one of the most challenging open problems in Solar Physics. Several mechanisms have been proposed, including heating by MHD waves driven either by sub-surface footpoint motions or in-situ generation of waves. Observations have now confirmed an abundance of waves and oscillations throughout the solar atmosphere but whether this wave energy can be converted into thermal energy efficiently is still not clear.

This PhD project would involve building on previous work to model heating by MHD waves. The project will initially rely on existing numerical codes, with the possibility to extend the model further in the future.

The project is suitable for a Physics or Mathematics graduate with an interest in modelling natural systems and who is comfortable with computational work. Knowledge of numerical techniques, Python or Fortan 90, MPI would be useful but not essential as training will be provided in these areas.

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Funding Notes

Applicants should have (or be about to complete) an undergraduate degree and/or taught postgraduate degree in (applied) mathematics or (theoretical) physics. Successful applicants usually have a very good UK First Class Honours degree (or equivalent).

Eligible applicants will be considered for UK research council funding (STFC) if available.

Applicants graduating from a Scottish university may be eligible to apply for a Carnegie PhD Scholarship (for details see View Website, please note the deadline of 12 January 2021).

Applicants with Chinese citizenship may be eligible for funding by the China Scholarship Council (for details see View Website , deadline 7 January 2021).

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