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University Of York

Dept: Physics
Head of Department: Professor B R Fulton
Courses offered: PhD, MSc by Research
Studentships available: STFC, EPSRC
Average intake: 15
Entry requirements: minimum 2.1 in first degree for PhD minimum 2.2 in first degree for MSc

General Information
Nuclear Astrophysics
Our nuclear astrophysics experiments seek to answer two central questions:
  • What reactions power the prodigious outpouring of energy in objects such as novae, X-ray bursters and supernovae?
  • How are the heavy elements of which the solar system is built created in these explosive objects?

For available research projects please see our website:

Laser Plasmas & Fusion
The physics of laser plasmas is important in several applications. Laser plasmas can be used to reproduce in the laboratory the conditions found in astrophysical objects and they are relevant to industry in thin film coating and material ablation. They are bright sources of x-ray and ultra-violet radiation and are one of the possible routes to achieving controlled fusion for energy production.
For available research projects in astrophysical plasmas please see our website:

The laboratory is well equipped with supporting facilities, including a precision instrument workshop, equipment for crystal preparation, and excellent computing facilities including powerful workstations and high-speed access to supercomputers and the Internet. There are photographic, electronic, glass-blowing and glass polishing services. In addition, facilities exist for specialist studies as required by the proposed research projects.

For full details see the University of York, Physics Department postgraduate webpages:

Contact Details
Prof M Babiker
Department of Physics
University of York
YO10 5DD
Tel:01904 432236
Fax:01904 442214

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