Advanced Theoretical Techniques
3rd year undergraduate course, introducing analytic methods used in theoretical physics. The
part of the course which I teach includes
Fourier and Laplace transforms, functionals and variational methods.
This is a 2nd year undergraduate course, part of the module "Computational and Mathematical Techniques for Theoretical Physics". This part of the course introduces solving partial differential equations using the finite difference method.
MSc second term, with a total of 18 lectures. Covers a wide range of
phenomena in magnetic confinement devices, including linear machines,
tokamaks, and stellarators.
Introductory course to first year undergraduate students. Introduces problem solving
and programming concepts using Python.
A second year undergraduate course, introducing
atmospheric and oceanic physics. Covers things like the
vertical structure of the Atmosphere (troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere etc.),
lapse rates and cloud formation, atmospheric and oceanic circulation, geostrophic
and gradient winds, and formation of cyclones and weather systems.
This course introduces programming as part of the MSc in Fusion
at the University of York during the first term.
No previous experience in programming is assumed.
The Interactive Data Language (IDL) is taught for data
analysis and visualisation, and Fortran and C++ are taught for
number crunching (the student can choose to learn either).
MSc second term during weeks 3-7 inclusive. Two 6-hour sessions per week. Students write a 1D electrostatic
Particle In Cell (PIC) code, and then use this to study phenomena such as 2-stream instability
and Landau damping.
This was a 4th year undergraduate course taught in 2016. It covers the analytic theory of fluids,
including ideal flows around cylinders and wings, boundary layers, the basics of rocket engines,
explosions and shocks, and supersonic flight.
Students I currently supervise
Studying tokamak edge and divertor transport using BOUT++ and SOLPS.
Studying tokamak edge turbulence
Physics of Resonant Magnetic Perturbations (RMPs) and application to ELM control
Former PhD students
Developed models to describe edge turbulence and plasma blobs.
Studied turbulence using BOUT++ and CENTORI codes, working on improving the
coordinate system used in tokamak edge simulations, and on coupling of core and edge
simulations. Jointly supervised with Dr Michele Romanelli, CCFE.
Edge turbulence in the Mega-Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST), and
simulations of the Super-X divertor upgrade. Co-supervised by
Dr Geoff Fishpool at CCFE.
Studied magnetic reconnection and Resonant Magnetic Perturbations
Graduated January 2015