Probing the molecular composition of planet-forming regions with ALMA
ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, is a state-of-the-art telescope in Chile. It has the resolution and sensitivity to observe emission from dust and gas on size scales similar to that of the Solar System in nearby young exoplanet-forming systems. The research conducted during this project will involve the reduction and analysis of ALMA observations of gas-phase molecules in several nearby young exoplanet-forming sources obtained as part of the ALMA Large Programme, “The Chemistry of Planet Formation”, recently awarded ~100 hours of observing time.
The successful candidate will receive training in (sub)millimeter astronomy, interferometry, molecular astrophysics, radiative transfer techniques, numerical modelling, computer programming, and the treatment and manipulation of large datasets.
This project would be suitable for a candidate interested in astrochemistry, astrobiology, planetary science, and planet formation, and who is seeking a computationally-focussed PhD project in a high-impact research area.
This project is open to self-funded students and is eligible for funding from the Henry Ellison Scholarship, Leeds Doctoral Scholarships and EPSRC scholarships. All successful UK/EU and international applicants will be considered for funding, in an open competition across the School of Physics and Astronomy.