Solar and stellar physics, MHD, astrophysical dynamos, planet formation and processes in galaxy clusters

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics


This is a proposal to study the physics of the interactions of forming planets with their local gaseous environment and central star and the way in which these interactions have helped or hindered their formation and determined their final orbits. The physics of the central star is studied by reference to the sun where spectroscopic observations tell us about the physics of the gases and magnetic fields in the atmosphere. The same physical processes are relevant to and studied in the context of the maintainance of magnetic fields in diverse environments ranging from planets to stars to galaxy clusters.


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Description Advances in the unserstanding of accretion disks in astrophysics, solar physics and observations of the solar atmosphere
Exploitation Route The advances we achieve feed directly into lecture courses and the training of graduste students
Sectors Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other

Description Advancs in knowledge in the areas of observational and theoretical astrophysics. Understanding the sun and the formation and dynamics of planetary systems
First Year Of Impact 2010
Sector Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal