Areas of particularly strong research activity are: numerical analysis, plasma physics, solar and magnetospheric theory, and vortex dynamics.

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Recent Submissions

  • The formation and eruption of magnetic flux ropes in solar and stellar coronae 

    Gibb, Gordon P. S. (University of St Andrews, 2015-11-30) - Thesis
    Flux ropes are magnetic structures commonly found in the solar corona. They are thought to play an important role in solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Understanding their formation and eruption is of paramount ...
  • Propagation and damping of MHD waves in the solar atmosphere 

    Kiddie, Greg (University of St Andrews, 2014-06-27) - Thesis
    Quasi-periodic disturbances have been observed in the outer solar atmosphere for many years. Although first interpreted as upflows (Schrijver et al. (1999)), they have been widely regarded as slow magneto-acoustic waves, ...
  • On the properties of single-separator MHS equilibria and the nature of separator reconnection 

    Stevenson, Julie E. H. (University of St Andrews, 2015-06-26) - Thesis
    This thesis considers the properties of MHS equilibria formed through non-resistive MHD relaxation of analytical non-potential magnetic field models, which contain two null points connected by a generic separator. Four ...
  • MHD simulations of coronal heating 

    Tam, Kuan V. (University of St Andrews, 2014-12-01) - Thesis
    The problem of heating the solar corona requires the conversion of magnetic energy into thermal energy. Presently, there are two promising mechanisms for heating the solar corona: wave heating and nanoflare heating. In ...
  • On the topology of global coronal magnetic fields 

    Edwards, Sarah J. (University of St Andrews, 2014-12-01) - Thesis
    This thesis considers the magnetic topology of the global solar corona. To understand the magnetic topology we use the magnetic skeleton which provides us with a robust description of the magnetic field. To do this we use ...

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