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).
The following members of staff from the School of Mathematics and Statistics are members of the Astrophysical and Geophysical Magnetohydrodynamics research group.
Dr Andrew Baggaley
Lecturer in Applied Mathematics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3485
Professor Carlo Barenghi
Professor of Fluid Dynamics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7307
Dr Celine Guervilly
NERC Independent Research Fellow
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7209
Dr Tamara Rogers
Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7294
Professor Anvar Shukurov
Professor of Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5398
Professor Andrew Soward
Professor and Strategic Research Adviser
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3947