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Stellar mass loss and feedback from red giants to supernova remnants


   Faculty of Natural Sciences

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  Dr J T Van Loon  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Building on our expertise in the mass loss from cool evolved stars, this project aims to take the next step in the empirical determination of the launching and driving mechanisms of stellar winds, the formation of circumstellar dust, the properties of core-collapse and electron-capture supernova progenitors and the impact of supernova remnants on the ambient interstellar medium. PhD projects within this area can focus on various aspects depending on interest and skills, including (but not limited to) the exploitation of incoming OH maser data from the Galactic Australian SKA Pathfinder survey (GASKAP), infrared studies of extragalactic red supergiant populations, or new atomic hydrogen data from GASKAP and radio continuum data from MeerKAT on the Magellanic Clouds' supernova remnant populations. We envisage the use of machine learning techniques for identification purposes, morphological characterisation and to account for observational bias, and either some theoretical work to underpin the empirical evidence or further targeted observational efforts including with the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT).

Please quote reference FNS 2021-19 when applying.

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