UK: PhD Studentships in Astrophysics at University of Surrey

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Prof. Mark Gieles:

Directly Funded Project (European / UK students only)

Closing date:  28 February 2014

The dynamical evolution of globular clusters can only be solved forward in time. If we want to know how globular clusters formed we need to evolve many models and this is not feasible with conventional approaches for solving the N-body problem in which the orbits of every individual star is evolved. In this project you will reduce the problem of cluster evolution to a 1 particle problem. This greatly accelerate the computation time and will allow to model the entire globular cluster population, for the first time. In the first part of the project you will compare this fast computation method to more detailed (and slower) N-body computations and in the second part you will use the code to iteratively find the initial properties of globular clusters using a Bayesian approach.

Funded by the European Research Council


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