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The Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko returned an unprecedented data set which is now to be explored

Dynamics of debris in the coma of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

August 03, 2018

The Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko returned an unprecedented data set which is now to be explored [more]

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IMPRS "Solar System School"

PhD thesis projects offered

All partner institutes in the Solar System School (Institute for Astrophysics, Institute for Geophysics, and Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research) may offer and support PhD projects in the Solar System School. The PhD topics are as diverse as the research fields of the participating partner institutions. The topics include all areas of our own Solar system (the Sun and its planets and minor bodies), embedded in the wider geo- and astrophysical context, and extend to other stars and their planetary systems. Correspondingly, the following disciplines in geo- and astrophysics are represented in the Solar System School: Earth and planetary sciences, Solar and stellar physics, helioseismology, asteroseismology, and to some extent extra-solar planets. Since the methods of research comprise instrumentation development, calibration and improvement , ground- and space-based observations, remote-sensing or in-situ measurements in space exploration missions, data analysis and interpretation, numerical simulations and theoretical modeling, some projects may additionally require good skills in programming, in mathematics, or in engineering.

Supervising scientists without a universitiy affiliation share the supervision with a faculty member. A Thesis Advisory Committee guides the student through the preparation period and monitors her/his work. The committee consists of the thesis advisor and one or two other senior staff members of the institutes involved in the Solar System School. At least one of the members must be a full professor at the University of Göttingen, or at another university at which the student is enrolled.

The following list gives an overview of the variety of research topics, but is not necessarily complete. Further projects may yet become available.

This list is currently being updated. Up to August/September, it will still mostly contain projects published for the last call in 2017.

Solar Physics: Sun and Heliosphere

Sun and Heliosphere

Solar and Stellar Coronae

Solar physics Code development to further improve coronal field extrapolations

Solar physics Thermal and magnetic structure of the solar corona: 3D magneto-hydrodynamic modeling

Solar physics Coronal activity of stars more active than our Sun in 3D magneto-hydrodynamic modeling

Solar physics Structure and dynamics of the solar corona and its roots on the solar surface

Solar Lower Atmosphere and Magnetism

Solar physics 'Freezing' the Earth's Atmosphere with the Fast Solar Polarimeter

Solar physics Digging deep: Peering into the deepest observable layers of the Sun

Solar physics Mapping the Sun's mysterious chromosphere and its driver, the magnetic field

Solar physics Unlocking the Sun’s secrets with unique data from the balloon-borne observatory Sunrise

Solar physics Flying over the poles of the Sun with Solar Orbiter

Solar physics Flying High: Deciphering the Secrets of the Sun with Sunrise III

Solar physics A revolutionary hyperspectral imager for solar physics

Solar physics The source code of the solar atmosphere: development and improvement of radiative transfer computation

Solar MHD

Solar physics Coupling of scales in the solar photosphere

Physics of the Sun: Solar Variability and Climate

Solar Variability and Climate

Solar physics Modelling and understanding of solar irradiance variations

Physics of the Sun: Solar Variability and Climate

Connecting Solar and Stellar Variabilities

Solar physics Brightness variations of the Sun and Sun-like stars

Helioseismology and Asteroseismology: Solar and Stellar Interiors

Solar and Stellar Interiors

Physics of Waves

Helioseismology Interaction of Sound Waves with Solar granulation

Helioseismology Computational Helioseismology in the frequency domain

Solar physics Modeling Rossby waves in the Solar Interior

Solar physics Physical origin of supergranulation waves

Convection zone dynamics

Helioseismology Why do different helioseismology techniques give vastly different answers for subsurface convective flows?

Helioseismology Meridional flows in the solar interior

Solar physics Dynamos driven by helioseismically determined flows

Solar Activity

Helioseismology Sunspot Seismology

Solar physics Subsurface Flows associated with emerging Solar Active Regions

Solar physics Flows associated with emerging solar active regions

Solar physics Flows associated with sunspots and pores

Solar physics Evolution of the coronal magnetic field of emerging active regions

Stellar Interiors

Asteroseismology Modeling hybrid stellar pulsators

Asteroseismology More projects to be added in the near future.

Exoplanets and their Host Stars

Asteroseismology/Exoplanets Development of analysis tools to analyze the oscillations of planet-host stars, in preparation for the PLATO mission

Exoplanets Eclipse timing of binary stars to search for extra-solar planets

Planetary Science and Remote Sensing: Planets and Comets

Planets and Comets

Planetary Interiors

Planetary science Dynamos in giant planets and brown dwarfs

Planetary science Inversion of single-station seismic data for shallow and crustal structure of Mars for the InSight mission

Planetary Plasma Environment

Planetary science Dynamics of Saturn’s electron and proton radiation belts based on 13 years of Cassini MIMI/LEMMS observations

Planetary science Simulation of electron radiation belt dynamics at Saturn and comparison with Cassini observations

Planetary science Interaction of non-magnetized planets with the solar wind

Planetary science Escape of volatiles of terrestrial planet atmospheres into space

Planetary science Dynamics of planetary ionospheres

Planetary Atmospheres

Planetary science Solar system research with Herschel, SOFIA and ground-based submillimetre telescopes

Planetary science Data analysis and modeling: Modeling the spectral emission of features of planetary atmospheres, studying effects of signal processing for spectrometric planetary data analysis, and studying the physics of tenous atmospheres

Planetary science Ground-based observation of the Earth atmosphere in the millimeter wave range

Planetary science General circulation modeling of planetary atmospheres

Planetary Surfaces

Planetary science Planetary Remote Sensing of the Lunar Crust

Small Bodies and Comets

Cometary science Dynamics of debris in the coma of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Cometary science From the coma to the nucleus of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Cometary science The Organic Composition of a Cometary Nucleus

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