School of Mathematics & Statistics

Astrophysical and Geophysical MHD

Astrophysical and Geophysical Magnetohydrodynamics

Overview

Exploring the operation of Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) processes in a variety of contexts, including planets, stars, accretion discs, the interstellar medium, and galaxy clusters, as well as in more idealised, generic, contexts.

Planets, stars and galaxies contain electrically conducting fluids or plasmas. Motions in these fluids induce magnetic fields, which can significantly affect the structure, activity, evolution and other basic properties of the bodies concerned.

Although the fundamental equations governing these processes are thought to be known, the phenomena that arise in different objects and regimes vary greatly, and the detailed mechanisms involved are still the subject of vigorous research.

Particular topics of interest include:

  • planetary dynamos
  • geomagnetic field reversals
  • magnetic torques in accretion discs binary stars
  • galactic dynamos
  • interstellar turbulence
  • magnetic Taylor–Couette flow

Active collaborations exist with groups in Bonn (MPI fuer Radioastronomie), Copenhagen/Stockholm (Nordita), Liverpool University (Earth and Ocean Sciences), Manchester University (Mathematics), Perm (ICMM) and Pune (IUCAA).

Staff

The following members of staff from the School of Mathematics and Statistics are members of the Astrophysical and Geophysical Magnetohydrodynamics research group.

Staff

Dr Andrew Baggaley
Lecturer in Applied Mathematics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3485

Professor Carlo Barenghi
Professor of Fluid Dynamics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7307

Dr Paul Bushby
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7298

Dr Andrew Fletcher
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7316

Dr Celine Guervilly
NERC Independent Research Fellow

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7209

Dr Tamara Rogers
Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7294

Dr Graeme Sarson
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5375

Professor Anvar Shukurov
Professor of Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5398

Professor Andrew Soward
Professor and Strategic Research Adviser

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3947

Dr Toby Wood
Lecturer (Applied Mathematics)

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8052