Associate Professor Sean Oughton

Chairperson, Associate Professor (Mathematics)

Qualifications: BSc(Hons) Well PhD Del

Contact Details

Room: G.3.07
Phone: +64 7 838 4466
Extension: 8326
Fax: +64 7 838 4666

Research Interests

Turbulence and waves in electrically conducting fluids.  This is similar to the turbulence/waves you see at the beach, etc, but because the fluids can carry electric currents, electric and magnetic fields are also important.   Space physics, including the "how and why" of the sun's atmosphere and the solar wind.

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Research Supervised

Allen Lin: PhD. 2017--
Liam McMahon: PhD. Second supervisor, 2014--

Allen Lin: Generalized Invariants in 2D Ideal Magnetohydrodynamic Fluids, BSc(Hons) 2016
David Kaufononga: Interdependence between large and small scales in turbulence, MSc 2015
Nina Lopez: A Spectral Method for Compressible 2D Navier-Stokes turbulence, BSc(Hons) 2012
Joseph Ross: A review of the Dynamics and Oscillations of the Atmosphere, MSc 2011
Ben O'Neill: The Solar Wind, BSc(Hons), 2011
Andrew Armstrong: Statistical Mechanics of 2D Ideal Fluids and Magnetofluids, MSc 2010

Recent Publications

  • Oughton, S., Matthaeus, W. H., & Dmitruk, P. (2017). Reduced MHD in astrophysical applications: two-dimensional or three-dimensional?. Astrophysical Journal, 839(1), 13 pages. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aa67e2 Open Access version: hdl:10289/11075

  • Oughton, S., Matthaeus, W. H., Wan, M., & Parashar, T. (2016). Variance anisotropy in compressible 3-D MHD. Journal of Geophysical Research A: Space Physics, 121(6), 5041-5054. doi:10.1002/2016JA022496 Open Access version: hdl:10289/10572

  • Wiengarten, T., Oughton, S., Engelbrecht, N. E., Fichtner, H., Kleimann, J., & Scherer, K. (2016). A generalized two-component model of solar wind turbulence and ab initio diffusion mean-free paths and drift lengthscales of cosmic rays. The Astrophysical Journal, 833(17), 15 pages. doi:10.3847/0004-637X/833/1/17 Open Access version: hdl:10289/10788

  • Parashar, T. N., Oughton, S., Matthaeus, W. H., & Wan, M. (2016). Variance anisotropy in kinetic plasmas. The Astrophysical Journal, 824(1), 5 pages. doi:10.3847/0004-637X/824/1/44 Open Access version: hdl:10289/10561

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