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  Hydrodynamics of Particle-Laden Flows: aerosols
  Dr S K Dadzie, Dr A Ozel, Professor R Ocone
Application Deadline: 30 April 2021

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Air quality control relies on the simulation of aerosol dynamics. This research is to develop new theoretical model and simulation tools for these particle-laden flows.
  Gravitational waves from pulsars
  Dr M Pitkin
Applications accepted all year round

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Gravitational wave are ripples in space-time emitted by some of the most extreme events in the Universe. colliding black holes and neutron stars.
  Quantum Mechanics in Phase Space
  Dr M Everitt, Dr J Samson
Applications accepted all year round

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Reference. PH/ME-Un2/2019. School. School of Science. Location. Loughborough. UK/EU Fee band. Research Band 1 Classroom Based (£4,327).
  Exploring the Sun’s Plasma Environment with the Parker Solar Probe Spacecraft
  Dr C Chen
Applications accepted all year round

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The Sun’s atmosphere, the solar corona, remains one of the last major areas of the solar system to be directly explored by a spacecraft, but over the next few years this will change with the NASA Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission.
  Dark Matter Direct Detection with DarkSide
  Prof J Monroe
Applications accepted all year round

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The Centre for Particle Physics at Royal Holloway is offering a PhD opportunity to search for dark matter with the DarkSide-20k experiment.
  ExoMolHD
  Prof S Yurchenko, Prof J Tennyson
Application Deadline: 22 June 2020

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The ExoMol team at UCL is the world leader in providing spectroscopic data for the characterisation and modelling of exoplanets and other hot atmospheres, see www.exomol.com.
  A Comparative Study of Metallic Ions in the Atmospheres of Earth and Mars
  Prof J Plane
Applications accepted all year round

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Metals are injected into planetary atmospheres by the ablation of interplanetary dust particles. The major species (Fe, Mg and Na) exist as atoms and ions that are excellent tracers of dynamics and chemistry.
  New models of Outer Radiation Belt Dynamics
  Dr C Watt
Applications accepted all year round

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The Department hosts a vibrant Space and Atmospheric Electricity group whose research interests span the remit of Space Weather from the Sun through the heliosphere to Earth.
  How are AGN triggered?
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Prof C Tadhunter
Applications accepted all year round

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To accurately incorporate active galactic nuclei (AGN) into galaxy evolution models it is important to understand how and when AGN are triggered as their their host galaxies grow via gas accretion, and also whether the triggering mechanism depends on the luminosity of the AGN.
  Physical and wind properties of hot, luminous stars with ULLYSES
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Dr P Crowther
Applications accepted all year round

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Massive stars are rare, though dominate the radiative, mechanical and chemical feedback in star-forming galaxies.
  Properties of evolved, hot luminous stars from large spectroscopic surveys
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Dr P Crowther
Applications accepted all year round

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Massive stars are rare, though dominate the radiative, mechanical and chemical feedback in star-forming galaxies. Historically, spectroscopic studies of hot massive stars in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies have been restricted to small sample sizes.
  Quantifying the impact of AGN on their host galaxies; Supervisor: Prof. Clive Tadhunter
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Prof C Tadhunter
Applications accepted all year round

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There is increasing speculation that active galactic nuclei (AGN) have a major impact on the evolution of their host galaxies by driving powerful jets and outflows that eject the cool gas, thereby affecting the star formation histories of the galaxy bulges.
  Surveying the sky for hungry black holes
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Dr J Mullaney
Applications accepted all year round

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Over the next five years, a new dimension in astronomy will reach maturity. the temporal dimension. Rather relying on static "photos" of the sky, astronomers will transition to "filming" sky night after night.
  The climate of black hole growth
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Dr J Mullaney
Applications accepted all year round

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It seems that all massive galaxies contain, at their centres, supermassive black holes with masses of at least a million times the mass of our Sun.
  The environments of star and planet formation
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Dr S Goodwin
Applications accepted all year round

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Young stars are often found in high-density environments, this means that encounters between young stars can be common and this will change their binary properties and affect planet-forming discs.
  Cosmic-Ray Muons in Different Applications
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Dr V Kudryavtsev
Applications accepted all year round

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Cosmic-ray muons are known to be useful in applications beyond particle astrophysics. They have helped with mapping structure of volcanoes and with finding voids in various geological structures.
  Dark Matter Search with the LZ Experiment
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Dr V Kudryavtsev
Applications accepted all year round

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LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) is a project to build and operate a high-sensitivity dark matter experiment in the deep mine at SURF (South Dakota, USA) able to probe most of the WIMP parameter space region free from neutrino background.
  Neutrino Oscillation Study and Proton Decay Search with DUNE
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Dr V Kudryavtsev
Applications accepted all year round

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DUNE is a large international project to design, construct and operate a multi-kiloton scale liquid argon detector for neutrino physics, neutrino astrophysics and a search for physics beyond the Standard Model.
  Radiation effects modelling in silicon detector technologies for use in LHC experiments and beyond
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Dr I Dawson
Applications accepted all year round

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The Sheffield ATLAS group is world leading in understanding the effects of radiation on silicon detector technologies. The radiation environments found in modern high energy collider experiments would seriously impact the physics discovery potential if not properly taken into account.
  High-speed astrophysics with HiPERCAM, ULTRACAM and ULTRASPEC
  Prof V Dhillon, Dr S Littlefair
Applications accepted all year round

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HiPERCAM, ULTRACAM and ULTRASPEC are high-speed cameras built by Sheffield/Warwick/UKATC for the study of astrophysics on fast timescales.
  Quantifying star formation
  Dr R Parker
Applications accepted all year round

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Stars form in relatively dense groups containing tens to millions of other stars, and these environments directly influence both young planets as they are forming, as well as the global evolution of galaxies.
  Long-term autonomy for aerial robot swarms
  Research Group: IRIS Centre
  Dr D Danesh
Application Deadline: 31 August 2020

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Supervisory team. Danesh Tarapore and Andras Sobester. Project description. The occurrence of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, often have long-lasting repercussions in terms of damages to existing communication infrastructure, thus hampering coordination in search and rescue efforts.
  Translating sensor technology to advance sustainable hydropower in developing nations
  Research Group: IRIS Centre
  Dr P Kemp
Application Deadline: 31 August 2020

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Supervisory team. Paul Kemp and Paul White. Project description. The project aims to help develop more environmentally sensitive hydropower for developing nations in South America, Africa and Asia by advancing and translating sensor technology in two key areas.
  Shared intelligence for machines in extreme environments
  Dr B Thornton
Application Deadline: 31 August 2020

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Supervisor. Blair Thornton (FSI) & Jon Hare (Electronics and Computer Science). Project description. Understanding the Earth’s environmental frontiers - from planetary interiors to space - is essential for tackling global challenges and hazards, but they are inaccessible using conventional means.
  Coronal Heating by MHD Waves
  Prof I De Moortel
Applications accepted all year round

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The question why the Sun’s outer atmosphere (corona) is so much hotter than the solar surface (photosphere) remains one of the most challenging open problems in Solar Physics.
  Magnetic flux emergence on the Sun.
  Dr V Archontis
Applications accepted all year round

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A key open question in solar physics is how magnetic fields emerge from the solar interior to the surface of the Sun, to form sunspots and active regions.
  Particle Acceleration in Solar Flares
  Prof T Neukirch
Applications accepted all year round

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A major open question in the physics of solar flares lies in describing the mechanisms responsible for generating significant populations of non-thermal particles.
  Simulating the Sun: Can We Predict Solar Storms ?
  Prof DH Mackay
Applications accepted all year round

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Magnetic fields permeate and structure the atmosphere of the Sun. These magnetic fields can be seen to vary from the smallest to the largest scales presently observable.
  Theory and Simulations of Space Weather in the Earth’s Magnetosphere
  Dr AN Wright
Applications accepted all year round

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The environment surrounding a planet dominated by its magnetic field (called the magnetosphere) shields the planet from the solar wind.
  Finite temperature superfluid turbulence flow-structure interactions via immersed boundary methods
  Dr D Kivotides
Applications accepted all year round

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This is a multidisciplinary research project that combines the quantum physics of superfluid turbulence flows with advanced computational fluid dynamics for flow-structure interactions.
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