Institute of Astronomy

- Payton Rodman


Office: Hoyle H29
Office Tel: (01223) 766645
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I am interested in the theory of black hole accretion discs, specifically their in/stability and the many varied roles that magnetic fields can play as described by magnetohydrodynamics (MHD). I study these systems through a mix of theory and simulation using the Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR) code Athena++.

Selected papers

P.E. Rodman, R.J. Turner, S.S. Shabala, J.K. Banfield, O.-I. Wong, H. Andernach, A.F. Garon, A.D. KapiƄska, R.P. Norris, L. Rudnick; Radio Galaxy Zoo: observational evidence for environment as the cause of radio source asymmetry (2018, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society)


2019 - now : PhD Astronomy, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
2016 - 2017 : Undergraduate vacation scholar, CSIRO, Australia
2015 - 2016 : Summer research student, University of Tasmania, Australia


2019 - now : PhD Astronomy, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
2018 : BSc Physics (Hons 1st), University of Tasmania, Australia
2015 - 2017 : BSc Physics & Applied Mathematics, University of Tasmania, Australia

Awards and Prizes

2019 : University Medal, UTAS
2019 : Cambridge Australia Honorary Scholarship
2019 : Gates-Cambridge Scholarship
2018 : Australian Postgraduate Award
2018 : Dean's Honour Roll (BSc Hons)
2018 : Ken McCracken Prize for best physics thesis, UTAS
2017 : Dean's Honour Roll (BSc)

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