Currently I’m a Third Year BSc Physics Student at the Deaprtment of Physics (University of Warwick) very interested in the public understanding of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. Like most people in the world today I struggle with religious belief, but can not rule out the possibility of a creator. I am not arrogant enough to call myself an athiest, so I plump for being an agnostic, prescribing not to the notion that all religion is evil or foolish.
Some of my favourite scientists are now considerd devout athiests, the evolutionist Prof. Richard Dawkins is probably the most passionate and intelligent ethologists in the world. Prof. Dawkins is probably best known for his straightforward intellectual criticism of creationism and intelligent design. However, my hero has to be Richard P.Feynman, one of the most intelligent men after Einstein the last century saw. Feynman is best known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium. Sadly, he died 3 months before I was born.
My final year project is in the field of Helio Magnetic Hydrodynamics (MHD)and is an exploration into Quasi-Periodic Pulsations in Solar Flares, under my mentor Prof. Valery Nakariakov. For those Solar Physicists that may be reading, the aim of the project is to study experimentally and theoretically quasi-periodic pulsations in solar flares observed in microwave and hard X-ray bands with the Nobeyama Radioheliograph and Radiopolarimeters, RHESSI and CORONAS-F spacecraft, Learmonth Solar Radiotelescope and other instruments. The experimental part will include the processing and analysis of observational data, search for the periodicities and determination of the false alarm probability. The theoretical part will comprise the investigation of properties of MHD oscillations and the determination of the physical parameters controlling the period and the amplitude of the oscillations. This includes the derivation of governing equations in a form of a set of coupled ODEs, analytical and numerical solution of the equations, and parametric study and visualisation of the results. The theoretical results will be applied to the interpretation of quasi-periodic pulsations observed in the solar corona.