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Astrophysics PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships in the UK

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  Astrophotonic technologies for exoplanet hunting
  Prof R Thomson
Applications accepted all year round

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Photonic technologies facilitate the manipulation of light in ways that are simply not possible using traditional optical technologies e.g.
  Miniature femtosecond laser frequency combs for astrophotonics and quantum metrology
  Prof D Reid
Application Deadline: 5 December 2019

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This project concerns the development and application of Yb-based femtosecond lasers operating at pulse repetition rates in the few-GHz range, and their stabilisation as full “frequency combs” using novel nonlinear supercontinuum devices.
  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).
  The nature of solar plumes and their link to the solar wind (Advert Reference: SF18/MPEE/MCLAUGHLIN)
  Prof J McLaughlin
Applications accepted all year round

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The solar wind is the stream of charged particles emanating from the Sun. Highly inhomogeneous in nature, its outflow extends over the Earth and the limit of its influence defines the outer boundaries of the solar system.
  High Pressure TPCs for Neutrino Interactions
  Dr A Kaboth
Applications accepted all year round

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The Center for Particle Physics at Royal Holloway is offering a PhD opportunity for building high pressure time projection chambers (HPTPCs) for studying neutrino interactions.
  Searching for Dark Matter with DarkSide-20K
  Prof J Monroe, Dr J Walding
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 in the DarkSide-20k experiment.
  Searching for dark matter with DEAP-3600
  Dr J Walding
Applications accepted all year round

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The Center for Particle Physics at Royal Holloway is offering a PhD opportunity for searching for dark matter in the DEAP-3600 experiment.
  Searching for Matter-Antimatter Asymmetry with T2K
  Dr A Kaboth
Applications accepted all year round

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The Center for Particle Physics at Royal Holloway is offering a PhD opportunity on the T2K experiment. The T2K experiment is a neutrino oscillation experiment which is searching for the origin of the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe.
  Searching for the Dark Matter Wind with Direction-Sensitive Dark Matter Detection
  Prof J Monroe
Applications accepted all year round

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The Center for Particle Physics at Royal Holloway is offering a PhD opportunity to develop particle detectors to search for the dark matter wind of our galaxy with the DMTPC experiment.
  Propulsion Futures Beacon of Excellence
  Prof D Grant
Application Deadline: 31 December 2019

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The University of Nottingham’s Propulsion Futures Beacon of Excellence is an interdisciplinary initiative involving researchers from the Faculty of Engineering, School of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Chemistry.
  High speed observations of Gaia white dwarf binaries
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Dr S Parsons
Applications accepted all year round

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The recent second data release from the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite mission has opened up huge areas of stellar physics.
  High-speed astrophysics with HiPERCAM, ULTRACAM and ULTRASPEC
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  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.
  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.
  How do people first learn to spot patterns?
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Dr J Maund, Dr J Mullaney
Applications accepted all year round

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How people separate things into objects that look the same and objects that look different? How do people identify which particular characteristics are…
  How good is the far-IR as a tracer of star formation activity in AGN host galaxies?
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Prof C Tadhunter
Applications accepted all year round

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In order to understand the links between black hole growth and galaxy evolution it is crucial to have a “clean” indicator of the star formation activity in host galaxies of active galactic nuclei (AGN).
  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 star formation
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  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.
  Quantifying the impact of AGN on their host galaxies
  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 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.
  CYGNUS - Global Search for Dark Matter Particles with Directionality
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Prof N Spooner
Applications accepted all year round

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Sheffield is a key player in the world-leading dark matter experiment CYGNUS that is seeking a unique directional signal for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs), the favoured candidate to explain the missing dark matter of the Universe.
  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.
  DUNE – Design and Optimisation of The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment at Fermilab
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Prof N Spooner
Applications accepted all year round

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DUNE is the a billion dollar international neutrino experiment in which a beam of neutrinos will be fired from Fermilab, USA to a 10 kton liquid argon detector built 1300 km away in a new underground facility at Homestake, S.
  Gravitaitonal wave research with LIGO
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Prof E Daw
Applications accepted all year round

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The gravitational wave research group at Sheffield partakes in a variety of research as a member group of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.
  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 proton decay search.
  The Search for Ancient Supernovae
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Dr M Malek
Applications accepted all year round

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Core-collapse supernovae are amongst the most energetic events in the Universe. A single supernova will outshine an entire galaxy, yet the light is less than 1% of the energy that is released.
  The WATCHMAN Project: Using Anti-Neutrinos for Nuclear Threat Reduction
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Dr M Malek
Applications accepted all year round

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The WATer CHerenkov Monitor for Anti-Neutrinos (WATCHMAN) is a US/UK collaboration that aims to use nature’s most ’ghostly’ particle (the neutrino) for the extremely practical purpose of nuclear threat reduction.
  The Origin of the Solar System
  Dr R Parker
Applications accepted all year round

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The oldest meteorites in the Solar System contain the daughter products of short-lived radioisotopes, 26-Al and 60-Fe.
  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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