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Modelling the Partially Ionised Solar Chromosphere, Mathematics – PhD (Funded)

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Thursday, April 15, 2021 Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
Exeter United Kingdom Applied Mathematics Astrophysics Data Analysis Geophysics Mathematics

About the Project

This project is one of 5 that are being advertised for 1 studentship position. The studentship will be awarded to the best candidate.

Project Description

The solar chromosphere is of great importance for understanding the energy flow and dissipation mechanisms in the solar atmosphere. We understand that magnetic forces are crucial in this layer, but the plasma is only partially ionised making the couple between the plasma and the magnetic field imperfect. In this project the student will explore and develop models of the coupling between the magnetic field and the fluid of the chromosphere to understand how observed dynamic phenomena are created and how the friction between charged species moving with the magnetic field plays a role in the heating of the chromosphere. The project will involve combining numerical modelling, theory, and observations to understand how fundamental magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) phenomena develop in a partially ionised system including regimes beyond those where a single fluid approximation holds.

Funding Notes

The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences is inviting applications for a PhD studentship fully funded by STFC to commence in September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. For eligible students the studentship will cover Home or International tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,609 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. The student would be based in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the Streatham Campus in Exeter.

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