Professor Sean Oughton

Professor (Mathematics)

Qualifications: BSc(Hons) Well PhD Del

Contact Details

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

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

  • Bandyopadhyay, R., Matthaeus, W. H., Oughton, S., & Wan, M. (2019). Evolution of similarity lengths in anisotropic magnetohydrodynamic turbulence. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 876, 5-18. doi:10.1017/jfm.2019.513

  • Brandenburg, A., & Oughton, S. (2018). Cross-helically forced and decaying hydromagnetic turbulence. Astronomische Nachrichten, 339(9-10), 641-646. doi:10.1002/asna.201913602

  • Bandyopadhyay, R., Oughton, S., Wan, M., Matthaeus, W. H., Chhiber, R., & Parashar, T. N. (2018). Finite Dissipation in Anisotropic Magnetohydrodynamic Turbulence. Physical Review X, 8(4), 10 pages. doi:10.1103/PhysRevX.8.041052

  • 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:

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