Project selection

Please have a look at the project descriptions below and consult potential supervisors to get more information.

selection form: Year 3 Year 4
deadline: Wed 3 Oct 2pm

Once you've decided which projects interest you most, choose your favourite four using the online project selection form by the deadline shown in the table on the overview page. Your selection must include projects from at least three different supervisors. We'll try to accommodate everybody's preferences while keeping the supervision workload balanced between staff. The module co-ordinator's decision on project allocation is final.

The project descriptions linked from the list below specify the topic, supervisor and nature of the project (experimental, computational, theoretical...). All projects are open to all students, but the supervisor can issue guidance as to whether a project is particularly suitable for a specialty or joint degrees. All projects can be chosen by 3rd-year students, but if the project is suitable for 4th-years, there is an additional scope section explaining what is expected of a 4th-year student over and above what a 3rd-year group should aim for. This will typically cover more challenging or difficult aspects of the project, not just a greater amount of data to process.

The novelty section gives you an estimate of how open-ended a project is. A novel research project will be more challenging but also potentially more rewarding, as you may be the first person to discover a novel bit of science. There is a section about project milestones and deliverables against which your progress will be judged. These are project-specific targets which the supervisor specifies to ensure your project remains on track. The general deadlines for assessed components apply independently of these. The references at the bottom are meant to give you some background and starting points for your own literature research.

Project list

The project list is being updated over the summer. More projects will be added to the list over the next few weeks. The list will be complete by mid September.

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Click the title of a project to view a full project description.

full jnt. exp instr data softw theor topic supervisor working title
XXXXmaterDave LangstaffDetection and remediation of hot pixel events
XXXspaceYoura TaroyanHydrodynamic properties of the solar wind
XXXXmaterAndrew EvansSpectroscopy of ultrathin films
XXXmaterAndrew EvansElectronic and optical properties of graphene
XXXXmaterAndrew EvansAnalysis of minerals and pigments for heritage science
XXXXmaterAndrew EvansSurface enhanced Raman spectroscopy
XXXXmaterAndrew EvansOptical properties of nanoparticles
XXXXspaceXing LiObservational study of MHD waves in the solar corona
XXXXmaterAndrew EvansOptical properties of synthetic diamond
XXXXmaterTom KnightSpherical Display Prototype
XXspaceXing LiStreamer waves
XXspaceXing LiMulti-spacecraft data analysis of plasma turbulence
XXXotherTom KnightParametrising Transient Phenomena From Image Sequences
XXXXspaceTom KnightParametrising Transient Sunspot Properties
XXXmaterRudi WinterQuantitative imaging of polymer blend films
XXXXmaterRudi WinterBubble raft model of mechanical stress in granular crystalline materials
XXXotherMaire GormanStudy of misunderstandings of physics concepts
XXXspaceXing LiTwisting a magnetic tube: filament eruption and coronal mass ejections
XXXspaceXing LiRotational motions of solar filaments/prominences
XXXspaceXing LiMinor ions in the fast and slow solar wind
XXXXspaceHeather McCreadieAnalysis of a geomagnetic Storm
XXXspaceHeather McCreadieExamination of the Dst Index.
XXXmaterRudi WinterControlling film deposition via viscosity
XXXXmaterRudi WinterMud, glorious mud - sedimentation dynamics
XXXXmaterRudi WinterDispersion and segregation of suspensions
XXXspaceXing Li Non-linear Alfven waves
XXXXspaceMaire GormanExoplanets: there are planets, habitable planets and statistics
XXXXotherTom KnightAutomatic identification and Analysis of Moving Objects
XXXXmaterTom KnightFeature Spatial Analysis of Data from Atomic Force Microscopy
XXXXmaterAdil MughalPacking soft spheres in tubes
XXXXspaceHeather McCreadieEnergy transfer during geomagnetic sudden commencement events
XXXXspaceHeather McCreadieWhy do we need all of the geomagnetic indices?
XXXXspaceHeather McCreadieMapping the Sq current system
XXXXspaceHeather McCreadieWhat is the definition of geomagnetic quiet time?
XXXXotherHeather McCreadieWhat's in a geomagnetic measurement?
XXXXotherHeather McCreadieAccessing 'ancient' data - Australian Sites
XXXXmaterEdwin FlikkemaHow to avoid getting stuck: using Parallel Tempering to simulate systems at low temperature
XXXmaterAndrew EvansElectron emission from semiconductor surfaces
XXXmaterAndrew EvansMeasuring strain and colour in diamonds
XXXmaterAndrew EvansElectrical characteristics of semiconductor diodes: measurement and modelling.
XXXXspaceHuw MorganWhat's hot and what's not: a multi-wavelength study of the Sun
XXspaceHuw MorganRobotic Solar Telescopes
XXXXspaceHuw MorganThe Effect of the Earths Atmosphere on Solar Radiation
XXXXspaceHuw MorganAutomated detection and classification of filaments/coronal holes in solar EUV images
XXXXspaceHuw MorganSpace Weather forecasting: Predicting the occurrence of large eruptions from solar active regions
XXXXspaceHuw MorganA large statistical study of solar active region mass/temperatures from 2010-2016
XXXspaceTony CookLunar Polarimetry
XXXXspaceTony CookPhysics of a Collimator Telescope
XXXXspaceBalázs PintérEffects of Solar Weather on the Earth's Magnetosphere
XXXXspaceTony CookOptical SETI
XXXXmaterTony CookMechanoluminescence Produced from Rock Particles in a Kitchen Blender
XXXXspaceTony CookLunar Impact Flash Observations
XXXotherEleri PryseExperimental Tomography
XXXXotherEleri PryseExperiments and Demonstrations to complement A level Physics studies
XXXXotherEleri PryseApplication of modern technology to complement secondary-school Physics studies
XXXspaceEleri PryseSimulation of radio-wave propagation using ultrasound
XXXXspaceEleri PryseSolar wind conditions driving geomagnetic activity
XXXXspaceBalázs PintérVisual Appearance of Fast-Moving Objects
XXXXspaceBalázs PintérRelativistic Doppler Effects
XXXXspaceBalázs PintérThe Lock and Key Paradox of Special Relativity
XXXXspaceBalázs PintérBell’s Spaceship Paradox
XXXspaceBalázs PintérRevisiting the Twin Paradox of Special Relativity
XXXXmaterDave LangstaffAnalysis of wobbling drop video data
XXXmaterDave LangstaffBuilding a static light scattering instrument
XXXXspaceDave LangstaffSunspot tracking using ImageJ and Python
XXXmaterDave LangstaffDetermination of Ice volume by capacitance measurement
XXXmaterDave LangstaffDesign, construction and calibration of a low-cost spectrometer
XXXXmaterDave LangstaffOscillating chemical reactions
XXXXspaceTony CookNASA LROC Imagery - Change Detection on the Lunar Surface
XXXXmaterTony CookEfficient Drying of Clothes on Washing Lines
XXXXspaceTony CookA Reflective Pin Hole Telescope
XXXXmaterMaire GormanWhat's that smell? Molecular spectroscopy of nasty gases emitted from volcanoes
XXXXmaterMaire GormanQuantum Chemistry Calculations for BeCl, MgCl and CaCl.
XXXmaterRudi WinterFilm deposition under the microscope
XXXXmaterTom KnightFeature Parameterisation for Grazing Incidence X-Ray Scattering
XXXXspaceYoura TaroyanAbsolute and Convective Instabilities
XXXXmaterChris FinlaysonComputational Simulation of Chiral Molecules
XXXXmaterChris FinlaysonComputational Simulation of C60 and Fullerene derivatives
XXXXmaterChris FinlaysonOptical Properties of Polymer Opal Thin-films
XXXXmaterChris FinlaysonComputational Simulations of Organic Semiconductors
XXXXmaterEdwin FlikkemaThe Ising magnet: a simple model for phase transitions
XXXXspaceTony CookLunar Occultations of Binary Stars
XXXXspaceTony CookTransient Lunar Phenomena
XXXXspaceTony CookTransient Lunar Phenomenon Detection Techniques
XXXXmaterTony CookInscription/Impression Reading on Archaeological Artefacts and Manuscripts
XXXXotherTony CookCardigan Bay Wave Height Measuremnets Using a Telescope
XXXXotherTony CookSea Surface Characteristic Monitoring Using A Robotic Telescope
XXXmaterTony CookCosmic Ray Detections with CCD Cameras
XXXXqitJukka KiukasReading information from a noisy quantum bit
XXXXmaterEdwin FlikkemaGraph based sampling of fully-coordinated geometries of clusters of network-forming materials
XXXmaterTony CookString Telephone Experiments
XXXmaterChris FinlaysonSmall molecule semiconductors; experiment and theory
XXXXspaceBalázs PintérTracking a Sunspot
XXXXmaterTony CookFeasibility of Cymatics to Sort Spacecraft Soil Samples
XXXXmaterTony CookOrb Photography of Dust Particles
XXXXspaceMaire GormanSearch for the GeO and SnO molecules in space
XXXXspaceMaire GormanSearch for MgF and CaF in astronomical settings & possible laser cooling applications
XXXXmaterEdwin FlikkemaBouncing billiard balls: modelling the dynamics of hard sphere systems
XXXXmaterEdwin FlikkemaKnots, links, rings and other things: simulating topological interaction in polymer systems
XXXXmaterEdwin FlikkemaSnakes on a lattice: using Wang-Landau sampling to study a simple polymer model
XXXXspaceMaire GormanCalculation of line lists for OH+ and OH-
XXXmaterRudi WinterPhotoelasticity: visualising strain in polymer films
XXXmaterRudi WinterImpact resistance of non-Newtonian fluids
XXXXmaterChris FinlaysonTesting of Silicon Solar Cell Modules

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