I am Matthew Allcock, a PhD student in the Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre at the University of Sheffield, funded by the University Prize Scholarship.

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"A day without the Sun is, you know, night"

The atmosphere of the Sun is an explosive battleground of magnetic structures ripping each other apart and sending waves around the Sun and into outer space.

In my research I use mathematics to understand these waves and use them to uncover properties of the solar plasma. In particular I am interested in:

  • Magneto-hydrodynamic wave theory,
  • Solar magneto-seismology,
  • Solar atmospheric heating.
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"The best way to learn is to teach"

At the Univerisity of Sheffield I have been involved with teaching:

  • Undergraduate mathematics: set theory, calculus, analysis, mechanics, and differential equations,
  • Scientific programming: Python, R, Latex, and html.

I enjoy the difficult task of making complex concepts understandable.

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"Make tomorrow better than today"

I write regularly about what I do (solar physics research) and what I think about (effective altruism - trying to make the world a better place in the most effective way).

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