Supercomputer support for the Astrophysics Group at the University of Exeter

Lead Research Organisation: University of Exeter
Department Name: Physics

Abstract

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.

Publications

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Mayne N (2010) On the properties of discs around accreting brown dwarfs Brown dwarf discs 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

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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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Patience J (2011) Spatially resolved submillimeter imaging of the HR 8799 debris disk in Astronomy & Astrophysics

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Harries T (2011) An algorithm for Monte Carlo time-dependent radiation transfer Time-dependent radiative transfer in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Meru F (2011) On the fragmentation criteria of self-gravitating protoplanetary discs Fragmentation criteria in discs in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Ayliffe B (2012) The growth and hydrodynamic collapse of a protoplanet envelope Hydrodynamic collapse models in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Mayne N (2012) Bayesian fitting of Taurus brown dwarf spectral energy distributions SED fitting in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Haworth T (2012) Testing diagnostics of triggered star formation Triggered star formation diagnostics in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Price D (2012) Collimated jets from the first core Jets from the first core in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters

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Haworth T (2013) Assessing molecular line diagnostics of triggered star formation using synthetic observations in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Dobbs C (2013) The exciting lives of giant molecular clouds in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Dobbs C (2013) The dependence of stellar age distributions on giant molecular cloud environment in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters

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Lorén-Aguilar P (2014) Two-fluid dust and gas mixtures in smoothed particle hydrodynamics: a semi-implicit approach in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Bate M (2014) The statistical properties of stars and their dependence on metallicity: the effects of opacity in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Pettitt A (2014) The morphology of the Milky Way - I. Reconstructing CO maps from simulations in fixed potentials in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Mayne N (2014) Using the UM dynamical cores to reproduce idealised 3-D flows in Geoscientific Model Development

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Lorén-Aguilar P (2015) Two-fluid dust and gas mixtures in smoothed particle hydrodynamics II: an improved semi-implicit approach in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Duarte L (2015) Helicity inversion in spherical convection as a means for equatorward dynamo wave propagation in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Dobbs C (2015) The frequency and nature of 'cloud-cloud collisions' in galaxies in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Duarte-Cabral A (2015) Synthetic CO, H2 and H i surveys of the second galactic quadrant, and the properties of molecular gas in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Haworth T (2015) On the relative importance of different microphysics on the D-type expansion of galactic H ii regions in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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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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Rey-Raposo R (2015) Are turbulent spheres suitable initial conditions for star-forming clouds? in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters

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Lorén-Aguilar P (2015) Toroidal vortices and the conglomeration of dust into rings in protoplanetary discs in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters

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Dobbs C (2015) The interstellar medium and star formation on kpc size scales in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Bate M (2015) Combining radiative transfer and diffuse interstellar medium physics to model star formation in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Few C (2016) Testing hydrodynamics schemes in galaxy disc simulations 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 http://www.astro.ex.ac.uk/people/mbate
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 European Union (EU)
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 Academic/University
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
URL http://www.astro.ex.ac.uk/people/mbate