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Solar brightness varies on time scales from minutes to centuries and millennia. Sun-like stars reveal analogous variations.

Brightness variations of the Sun

Solar brightness varies on time scales from minutes to centuries and millennia. Sun-like stars reveal analogous variations. [more]
Combine spectroscopic, photometric, asteroseismic and astrometric stellar observational data with state-of-the-art Galaxy models.

Galactic structure studies

Combine spectroscopic, photometric, asteroseismic and astrometric stellar observational data with state-of-the-art Galaxy models.

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The magnetic field greatly influences energy transport and morphology of the solar atmosphere. MPS has access to leading facilities

Digging into the deepest observable layers of the Sun

The magnetic field greatly influences energy transport and morphology of the solar atmosphere. MPS has access to leading facilities
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Other projects

If you are planning to apply for a PhD project supported by the Institute for Astrophysics or the Institute of Geophysics at the University of Göttingen, please also visit those institutes' research web pages and indicate the project and advisors in your application.

Own projects

If you are planning to apply with your own PhD project proposal, please consider if it aligns well enough with the scientific interests of one of the institute's research groups to have a good chance of being funded.

If you intend to bring your own funding along with your project idea, please explain to which extent the project may overlap with the scientific interests of one of the institute's research groups.

In both cases, please describe the project, why you are hoping to bring it to the institute, and potential advisors carefully in your application.

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How to apply

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 regular 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. Some projects may already be taken, and other topics not mentioned may yet become available.


Solar Physics: Sun and Heliosphere

Sun and Heliosphere

Physics of the Corona

Solar physics Code development to further improve coronal field extrapolations

Plasma Simulations

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 Lower Atmosphere and Magnetism

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

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

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 and Stellar Magnetic Activity

Solar and Stellar Magnetic Activity

Solar physics Influence of tachoclines on solar and stellar dynamos

Solar physics Observational studies of spots and magnetic cycles in young Suns


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


Asteroseismology: Stellar Ages and Galactic Evolution

Stellar Ages and Galactic Evolution

Astrophysics Galactic structure studies


Helioseismology and Asteroseismolgy: Solar and Stellar Interiors

Solar and Stellar Interiors

Helioseismology

Helioseismology Interaction of Sound Waves and Stellar Convection

Helioseismology New Methods in Computational Helioseismology

Helioseismology Analysis techniques to constrain the subsurface structure of sunspots

Convection, Rotation and Activity

Helioseismology Numerical Simulations of Solar Convection

Helioseismology Evolution of the supergranular pattern

Helioseismology Emergence and Evolution of Solar Active Regions

Helioseismology Flows associated with emerging solar active regions

Helioseismology Flows associated with sunspots and pores

Helioseismology Meridional flows in the solar interior

Helioseismology Dynamos driven by helioseismically determined flows

Asteroseismology

Asteroseismology Modelling hybrid stellar pulsators

Exoplanets and their Host Stars

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

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


Planetary Science and Remote Sensing: Planets and Comets

Planets and Comets

Planetary Interiors

Planetary science Dynamos in giant planets and brown dwarfs

Planetary Plasma Environment

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 From the coma to the nucleus of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Cometary science The Organic Composition of a Cometary Nucleus

Cometary science The Blue Planet - Origin of Water on Earth


 
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