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Dr Roddy Vann and Dr Marjan van der Woude working with a plasma jet. © John Houlihan

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Using a local gyrokinetic code to study global ion temperature gradient modes in tokamaks

Posted on Monday 8 June 2015

The paper describes a new numerical procedure to identify the region of a tokamak plasma that is affected by small scale instabilities.

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Drift kinetic theory of neoclassical tearing modes

Neoclassical tearing modes are plasma instabilities that result in a change of the magnetic field topology in a fusion device called a tokamak.

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Stellar research casts new light on variable stars

Posted on Tuesday 21 July 2015

Our physicists are scanning the night skies, with the help of a telescope on the other side of the world, in an effort to understand why stars brighten and dim.

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York scientists unlock secrets of stars through aluminium

Posted on Friday 17 July 2015

Physicists, including Dr Alison Laird and Dr Christian Diget, at the University of York have revealed a new understanding of nucleosynthesis in stars, providing insight into the role massive stars play in the evolution of the Milky Way and the origins of the Solar System.

New Honorary Colleagues in Physics

Posted on Friday 10 July 2015

Two honorary positions have been confirmed in the Department of Physics: Professor Dieter Weller as Honorary Visiting Professor and Dr Matt Reinke as Honorary Visiting Fellow.

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YCQT/CMPi International Workshop on Quantum Correlations and Many-Body Physics

The event aims to bring together leading experts on Quantum Correlations and on Many-Body Physics, in order to explore synergies between both fields.

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