Postgraduate Research

General Information

The research of the school is separated into Research Centres. Consult their webpages for information about projects, people to contact and so on. They are listed here with their Directors of Research.

Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC)  (Professor Francis Keenan)

Atomistic Simulation Centre (ASC)  (Professor Jorge Kohanoff)

Centre for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (CTAMOP)  (Professor Mauro Paternostro)

Centre for Nanostructured Media (CNM)  (Professor Marty Gregg)

Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration & Advanced Data Storage (Professor Robert Bowman)

Centre for Plasma Physics (CPP)  (Professor Marco Borghesi)

Mathematical Sciences Research Centre  (Professor Ivan Todorov)

Points of contact

You may make enquiries of the six Postgraduate Advisors of Study, who are:

Professor Michail Mathioudakis (ARC, Armagh Observatory)

Dr Daniel Dundas (ASC)

Dr Amit Kumar (CNM)

Dr Satyabrata Kar (CPP)

Dr Alessandro Ferraro (CTAMOP)

Dr David Barnes (MSRC)

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate study may be made online at:

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration & Advanced Data Storage

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List of projects

ClustersNo.Project name

1. Supernovae: theoretical modelling of light curves and spectra
2. Machine learning and computational techniques in the era of massive data rich surveys
3. Energy Dissipation in Solar Physics: Non-linear shock development in the Sun’s most powerful magnetic fields
4. Properties and compositions of Near-Earth Objects
5. The magnetic properties of solar jets
6. Collisional R-matrix calculations in Support of Astrophysical Spectral Diagnostics
7. Photospheric Flare Diagnostics
ASC      1. Exploring thermoelectric phenomena in cement
2. Modelling energy deposition in biomolecules on ultrafast timescales
3. 2D materials based ultra-thin memory storage: efficient energy conversion and novel device platforms 
4. Computer simulation of DNA radiation damage
5. Quantum interactions in nanostructures
6. Gold nanoparticle heating towards more efficient thermal cancer treatment     
CNM    1. Ferroic Domain dynamics by in-situ transmission electron microscopy techniques
2. Exploration of Topological Defects in Ferroelectrics
3.  Tunnel anisotropic magnetoresistance for magnetic recording  
CPP  1.  Photo-ionised plasmas in the laboratory
2. Studies of atmospheric pressure plasmas
CTAMOP        1.  Development of many-body-theory methods for positron-atom interactions
2.  Many-body theory of positron interactions with molecules/condensed matter 
3.  Propagating Uncertainty in R-matrix calculations through to plasma diagnostics
4.  Heat transport in quantum devices
5.  Universal resources for quantum information processing
6.  Quantum-data analysis for quantum technologies
7.  Quantum chaos in multicharged positive ions
8.  Positron binding and annihilation in molecules       
MSRC                 1.  Comparing the orthogonal and embedding calculi
2. Rational G-equivariant homotopy theory for profinite G
3. Automatic regularity
4. Graded rings and toric methods in algebra
5. Delayed feedback mechanisms
6. Positive Extensions
7. Everything Changes Over Time: Transforming Joint Modelling Methodology
8. Modelling disease misclassification using hidden Markov models
9. Condition-based maintenance using hidden semi-Markov models   
10. A framework for an effective traffic congestion management in road networks
11. A robust approach to multivariate joint modelling
12. Approximation of intrinsic volumes in stereology     
13. Schrödinger operators with complex potentials
14. The Sandwich Theorem in infinite dimensions
15. Non-commutative graph theory
16.  Continuous confusability graphs
17. Mathematical models for cancer invasion 


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