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The dynamics of small-N systems


   Department of Physics and Astronomy

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  Dr S Goodwin  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Most stars form in groups of dozens to a few hundred, but our understanding of the dynamics of such systems is surprisingly very lacking.  In particular, it is unknown how many encounters that could affect planet-forming discs or planetary systems occur, or how binary and multiple star systems are changed.  Small-N systems seem like they should be simple, but they are chaotic and stochastic and no two will ever be the same.  We’ll perform (very) large numbers of N-body simulations to examine the complex dynamics in detail and form a statistical understanding of the behaviour and evolution to find what effect small-N dynamics might have on planet formation and early evolution.

For more information on this project please contact [Email Address Removed] . Information on the Sheffield Astrophysics Group can be found at https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/physics/research/astrophysics .


Funding Notes

It is very unlikely that this project will come with a studentship, but those with alternative sources of funding are encouraged to apply. Full details on how to apply can be found at https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/phd .
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