Science

Objectives:

Coherent transient experiments, including optical free induction decay, photon echoes and optical nutation, facilitate an understanding of subtlest details of electronic structures in the solid state. The project aims to investigate the application of coherent transients in chemically interesting systems, such as coordination compounds, by laser-frequency switching of semiconductor (diode) lasers.

Description of Work:

In the mid- and high-latitudes the ocean circulation is composed largely of eddies and fronts. In isolation an ocean eddy is relatively stable being in quasi-geostrophic balance and retaining a closed material surface around its core water mass. It is only through the disruption or destruction of this balance through eddy- interactions that an exchange in mass with its environment takes place. Only at these times is it possible for a Lagrangian observing platform to enter or exit the eddy circulation.

Objectives:

This project will characterize the nepheloid layers in the Changjiang estuary and develop new numerical models to investigate these layers. It will examine the role of the nepheloid layers in determining coastal ocean dynamics and in transporting sediments from the river to the East China Sea. A comparison study of the nepheloid layer and sediment processes before and after the construction of the Three Gorges Dam (TGD) will also be conducted in this project.

Description of Work:

 

This research will use a resource governance approach in a quantitative and qualitative examination of extractive industry/host country relationships, to determine to what extent government policy and foreign investment in resource extraction can contribute to economic and social development.

Dr Thornton has a number of openings for PhD projects. These projects include: 

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