"I, a Universe of atoms, an atom in the Universe." - Richard P. Feynman

I am currently a doctoral researcher in Solar Physics within the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Sheffield, funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

Solar physics is a branch of astrophysics that focuses on our parent star, the Sun. As part of the Plasma Dynamics Group, my main research efforts are focused towards understanding how ubiqituous magnetohydrodynamic waves can heat the solar atmosphere. Prior to my research, I received a Master in Science in Physics with Astrophysics from the University of Glasgow.


Work Experience


Oct 2017 - Present

The University of Sheffield

I am currently working towards my Ph.D in Solar Physics. Specifcally, my main duties consist of research and teaching.

-Research: Solar Physics, Magnetohydrodynamics, Plasma Physics, Applied Mathematics, Signal Processing, Image Processing and Image Analysis.

-Teaching: Vectors and Mechanics, Complex Analysis and Multivariable Calculus. Foundation level Mathematics and Physics: Wave Phenomena, Circuits and Systems, Electromagnetism and Quantum Mechanics.


Ph.D Solar Physics

Oct 2017 - Present

The University of Sheffield

-Supervisor: Dr. Rekha Jain.

M.Sci Physics with Astrophysics - First Class

Sep 2012 - Jul 2017

University of Glasgow

-Dissertation: An Analysis of Type III Solar Radio Bursts.

-Supervisor: Dr. Hamish Reid.

Refereed Publications

  1. "A New Analysis Procedure for Detecting Periodicities within Complex Solar Coronal Arcades", F. Allian, R. Jain, & B.W. Hindman, 2019, The Astrophysical Journal, 880, 3 [doi] arXiv UKSP Nugget

Conferences, Seminars and Schools

Event Locale Date Contribution
Applied Mathematics Colloquium The University of Sheffield, Sheffield 04/12/19 Talk
Plasma Dynamics Group Seminar The University of Sheffield, Sheffield 21/11/19 Talk
SoMaS Research Day School of Mathematics & Statistics, Sheffield 19/09/19 Talk
AOGS, Magnetohydrodynamic Waves in Solar Magnetic Structures: Seismology and Heating SUNTEC Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore 28/07/19-02/08/19 Talk
SoMaS Postgraduate Student Seminar The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK 02/04/19 Talk
SoMaS Undergradute Research Day The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK 01/02/19 Talk
STFC Advanced Solar, Solar-Terrestrial and Solar-Planetary Physics Summer School University of Southampton, Southampton, UK 09/09/18-14/09/18 Talk
BUKS - Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain 03/09/18-07/09/18 Poster
STFC Solar System Plasma Physics Summer School Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK 10/09/17-17/09/17 None

Public Outreach

Event Locale Date Contribution
Pint of Science Virtual Reality Demonstration - Our Virtual Sun Tamper Sellers Wheel, Sheffield, UK 22/05/19 Co-Demonstrator
Pint of Science - Reaching for the Stars Hallamshire House, Sheffield, UK 16/05/18 Talk, Blog
PubhD - Can you explain your research in the pub? Old Queen's Head, Sheffield, UK 03/04/18 Talk, Blog

Programming Skills

Python MATLAB LaTeX Unix/Bash Shell HTML/CSS HPC


In my spare time, I enjoy weightlifting, bouldering, cooking, painting and playing the piano & guitar. Follow my social media accounts for updates!


Here I want to keep somewhat of a journal as I traverse my Ph.D; from things I feel most passionate about to general thoughts, with the hope that the reader leaves this page with some insight, or even interest, into something new. Check back soon!


Contact Details

  • Farhad Allian
  • fallian1@sheffield.ac.uk
  • Room H23, Hicks Building
  • School of Mathematics & Statistics
  • P.O. Box S3 7RH, 226 Hounsfield Rd, Sheffield, United Kingdom

If you have any queries, please get in touch. Of course, feedback is always appreciated.