Samuel Wharton

University of Leicester


A Study of Magnetohydrodynamic waves in the ionosphere-magnetosphere system.


Darren Wright and Tim Yeoman

PhD Summary

My project will use a network of radars called Superdarn to investigate how MHD waves interact with the upper atmosphere at mid latitudes. Specifically my role will be to learn to identify the signatures of these waves. Only the polar regions are well understood so far so I will be looking at new territory where the magnetic field connects to the plasmasphere.

What inspires you?

I just love being outside and understanding how things work.

Previous Activity

I did my undergraduate degree in physics with space science at Leicester. I also worked in the recruitment industry, earth observation and McDonalds!

Why did you choose Docotoral Research?

I found my fourth year project on MHD waves really interesting and I really wanted to understand the subject in more detail.

Why did you choose a CENTA Studentship?

I really like the fact that it is so interdisciplinary and will give me a much wider range of skills than I would receive otherwise.

What are your future plans

I think studying at Leicester as part of CENTA will be really beneficial as my project involves both theoretical, data analysis and a practical understanding of technology. CENTA will provide me with a much broader view of science and equip me with other valuable life skills. I’m not yet sure what I will do after I finish my PhD but I think I will be fully equipped to study what I want.