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Deep ALMA investigations of nearest Supernova 1987A

Project Description

Supernova explosion is one of the most energetic events in the Universe. The explosion generates turbulence in the gas of supernova. While supernova expands year by year and its gas cools down, the turbulence left in the supernova remnant can be detected by very sensitive telescopes.

Supernova 1987A is the closest supernova explosion detected in 400 years, and it has revealed how supernova remnant evolve in unprecedented details. Very sensitive and high-angular resolution millimetre and submillimetre telescope, ALMA began to reveal the footprint of the turbulent left in this supernova remnant. This project is to investigate the turbulence in Supernova 1987A and determine how supernova explosion happened 30 years ago in this supernova. It will reveal how the vast energy of supernova explosion was used.

This project will be funded by the STFC.
Applicants should apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Physics and Astronomy with a start date of 1st October 2020.

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project. If you are applying for more than one project, please list the individual titles of the projects in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select ’I will be applying for a scholarship/grant’ and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from the STFC.

Applicants will need to submit the following documents with their application:
- post high school certificates and transcripts to date
- academic CV
- personal statement
- two academic references. Your references can either be uploaded with your application, or emailed by the referee to or

Funding Notes

Tuition fee support: Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend: Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum

You should have obtained, or be about to obtain a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree in Physics , or a related subject, Alternatively, applicants with equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK will also be considered. Applicants with a Lower Second Class degree will be considered if they also have a Master’s degree.
Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS)

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