Author Archives: Ben King

EPSRC First Grant (2016)

Dr King has been awarded an EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) First Grant to fund a postdoc for 18 months on the topic of “Electron-seeded pair creation in intense laser pulses”.

Royal Society International Exchange Scheme Grant (2016)

Dr King has been awarded a Royal Society International Exchange Scheme grant in collaboration with Dr. H. Hu of the CARDC (Chinese Aerodynamics Research and Development Center) on the topic “Interaction of high power laser pulses with the quantum vacuum”. The award will fund a month-long research visit to Dr. Hu in Mianyang, China.

Avalanches

An avalanche is an example of a system displaying “self-organisation”. On a clear day, the great mass of snow on a mountain may appear to be in equilibrium, but the slightest change such as a gentle breeze or the drop of a snowflake can trigger the release a dramatic amount of energy as the system

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Fireflies

Fireflies provide an example from nature of the phenomenon of synchronisation. When one firefly flashes near another, it can cause another to match the frequency of its flashing. Using analytical and/or numerical methods, the project will investigate models for synchronising oscillators, covering topics such as phase-locking and entrainment.   Supervisor: Dr Ben King

Shock waves: Burgers’ Equation

Shock waves occur throughout nature: in fluids, gases and plasmas. A classic example is the “sonic boom” produced around an aircraft when it exceeds the speed of sound. This project will involve the study of Burgers’ equation, which is a fundamental partial differential equation that demonstrates shock wave behaviour. Using analytical and/or numerical methods, the

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