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  Prof Michael Balikhin  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The term 'Space Weather' refers to the conditions of environment in the vicinity of the Earth and to processes that may initiate far away (for example at the Sun) but can affect the geospace environment. Space weather can have hazardous effects on the operation of space based and ground based modern technological systems. Fluxes of energetic particles in the terrestrial radiation belts can damage spacecraft hardware. Solar energetic particle events can affect the safety of intercontinental flights. Geo-magnetically induced currents can be hazardous for the operation of power grids. Evolution of the electron population in the ionosphere affects the operation of modern navigation systems. Forecasting space weather facilitates the mitigation of the undesirable space weather effects on hardware.

Projects in this area will focus on the development of forecasting tools for space weather hazards.

Mathematics (25) Physics (29)

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded research project.
We require applicants to have either an undergraduate honours degree (1st) or MSc (Merit or Distinction) in a relevant science or engineering subject from a reputable institution.
Knowledge of at least one of the following fields would be beneficial, but not necessarily required:
system modelling
signal processing
solar-terrestrial physics.
Full details of how to apply can be found at the following link:
Applicants can apply for a Scholarship from the University of Sheffield but should note that competition for these Scholarships is highly competitive:

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