I'm a second-year PhD student studying at Durham University under Prof. Anthony Yeates. My main research is in magnetohyrdodynamic/magnetofrictional modelling of the Sun's magnetic field. In particular, I will be focusing on the behaviour of flux ropes, and predicting whether or not they will erupt.

Coronal Model

In an attempt to improve the initial conditions of some of our simulations, we have developed a new method to model the global Solar Corona (see the above picture). The paper has been published in the Astrophysical Journal, and is available here.

We have used 2.5D magnetofrictional simulations to unertake an extensive (many thousands of runs) parameter study in an attempt to find correlations between the probability of an eruption and various scalar diagnostics. We have discovered several indicators of eruptivity that are consistent across the entire parameter space - the best of which predicted eruptions with a 93% accuracy. The previously proposed 'eruptivty index' was not a good indicator in our simulations. The paper, published in the Frontiers journal, can be found here. A poster based on this work won the UKSP poster prize at NAM 2022.