Supercomputer support for the Astrophysics Group at the University of Exeter

Lead Research Organisation: University of Exeter
Department Name: Physics


The Astrophysics Group in the School of Physics at the University of Exeter urgently requires access to supercomputer time in order to conduct its numerical research. This research includes magnetohydrodynamical and radiation hydrodynamical modelling of star and planet formation and the interstellar medium and radiative transfer modelling of young stars and protoplanetary discs. In this application, we request STFC funding to purchase three years of computing resource on the Exeter supercomputer. We believe that providing funding for access charges to Exeter's local machine is the most cost-effective and rapid way for STFC to provide the Astrophysics Group with the supercomputer access and programming support it requires.


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Acreman D (2015) Modelling multiwavelength observational characteristics of bow shocks from runaway early-type stars in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Acreman D (2010) Modelling circumstellar discs with three-dimensional radiation hydrodynamics in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Acreman D (2010) Synthetic H i observations of a simulated spiral galaxy Synthetic observations of a spiral galaxy in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Description This grant provided funding for research into star and planet formation.
Exploitation Route Via refereed journal articles.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education

Description Findings were published in refereed journal papers. Animations and images provided at
First Year Of Impact 2009
Sector Creative Economy,Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural

Description ERC Advanced Grant
Amount € 1,706,418 (EUR)
Funding ID No. 339248 
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 03/2014 
End 02/2019
Description STFC Consolidated Grant
Amount £1,734,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/J001627/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2012 
End 09/2015
Description Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Animations of some of my star formation calculations were placed on the web in 2008. These were used in: a movie to introduce the Nobeyama Observatory in 2009, a public television science programme called Newslight on Vara in the Netherlands in 2009, and a TV series "From the Big Bang to Life" produced in Canada in 2010. Animations placed on the web before 2006 have been used during the period 2006-present in the following ways: 4 different Planetarium shows in France (2), Germany, Newcastle; two books, a presentation at Singleton Hospital, Swansea NHS Trust, the `Universe Awareness' programme of Leiden University, a short documentary film produced by Experimentarium, a Science Centre in Denmark, and the German calendar `Bild der Wissenschaft".

My animations were used in the various ways above to inform the general public about star formation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014