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Exploring the environments of exploding stars


   Department of Physics and Astronomy

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  Dr J Maund  Applications accepted all year round  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Supernovae are the explosive deaths of certain types of stars; in particular, stars a lot more massive than our Sun. The route from massive star formation to supernovae is a convoluted path, depending on the nature of the host environment and the evolution that the star will take before it eventually dies. Although we can see places in other galaxies where there are large concentrations of massive stars being born, the places where we see massive stars die can be quite different. Why is that and what can that tell us about the processes that lead to massive stars to form and evolve? In this project, we will use the latest observational and modelling techniques, as well as machine learning approaches, to explore the environments in which supernovae are found, to understand the pathways to massive star birth and eventually massive star death.

For more information on this project please contact j.maund@sheffield.ac.uk . Information on the Sheffield Astrophysics Group can be found at https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/physics/research/astrophysics .


Funding Notes

There is a possibility there may be funding available for this project. For full consideration for funded places the application deadline is Jan 31st January 2022.
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