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City, University of London
Northampton Square
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EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

About

Background

Dr Lara Silvers was awarded a PhD from the University of Leeds in 2004. After a short time as a temporary lecturer at the University of Leeds she became a postdoctoral researcher at UCSD in California before moving to Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) in Paris. After working at the ENS she became a postdoctoral researcher in DAMTP at the University of Cambridge before taking up her current position as a lecturer in the Centre for Mathematical Science at City University in 2009.

Qualifications

PGDip Academic Practice, City University London, 2012
PhD Turbulent Diffusion of Magnetic Fields, University of Leeds, 2004
MMath Mathematics, University of Leeds, 1999

Employment

05/2007 - 08/2009 DAMTP, University of Cambridge, Research associate
01/2006 - 04/2009 École Normale Supérieure,
Paris, Research fellow
05/2005 - 12/2005 University of California, San Diego, Researcher
09/2004 - 04/2005 University of Leeds, University teaching position

Other appointments

2006 DAMTP, University of Cambridge, Crighton fellowship

Membership of professional bodies

2011 Higher Educational Academy, Fellow
2010 London Mathematics Society, Member
2004 - 2005 Royal Astronomical Society, Fellow

Research

Dr Silvers' main research interests lie in the area of Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics and she is particularly interested in understanding interactions between a plasma and a magnetic field in astrophysical objects sun as the Sun.

Her research frequently makes use of computational techniques to solve the governing equations of the system of interest. The numerical solution of these equations is currently carried out at HPC facilities in the UK but previous work has been carried out at facilities in France (IDRIS) and the USA (Teragrid).

Research Students

Name
Veronika Witzke
Thesis Title
Topics in Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics Involving Shear Flow
Further Information
Date of start: 01 Oct 2013
Name
Karan Pattni
Thesis Title
Modelling structured populations involving multiplayer games
Further Information
Date of start: 01 Nov 2013

Publications

Conference Papers and Proceedings (3)

  1. Silvers, L. and Balbus, S. A., (2006). Convergence Study of the Magnetorotational Instability in a Shearing Box With a Mean Field. .
  2. Silvers, L. (2005). The role of boundary conditions in the study of the turbulent diffusion of magnetic fields. 24-25 October.
  3. Silvers, L., Vasil, G., Brummell, N. and Proctor, M. The Evolution of a Double Diffusive Magnetic Buoyancy Instability. IAU Symposium 271 Nice.

Journal Articles (25)

  1. Witzke, V., Silvers, L.J. and Favier, B. (2016). Evolution of forced shear flows in polytropic atmospheres: a comparison of forcing methods and energetics. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, 463(1), pp. 282–295. doi:10.1093/mnras/stw1925.
  2. Favier, B., Silvers, L.J. and Proctor, M.R.E. (2015). Erratum: "Inverse cascade and symmetry breaking in rapidly rotating Boussinesq convection" [Phys. Fluids 26, (2014) 096605]. Physics of Fluids, 27(7) . doi:10.1063/1.4923752.
  3. Witzke, V., Silvers, L.J. and Favier, B. (2015). Shear instabilities in a fully compressible polytropic atmosphere. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 577 . doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201425285.
  4. Pattni, K., Broom, M., Rychtáo, J. and Silvers, L.J. (2015). Evolutionary graph theory revisited: When is an evolutionary process equivalent to the Moran process? Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 471(2182) . doi:10.1098/rspa.2015.0334.
  5. Favier, B., Silvers, L.J. and Proctor, M.R.E. (2014). Inverse cascade and symmetry breaking in rapidly rotating Boussinesq convection. Physics of Fluids, 26(9) . doi:10.1063/1.4895131.
  6. Silvers, L.J. and Skinner, D.M. (2013). Double-diffusive magnetic buoyancy instability in a quasi-two-dimensional Cartesian geometry. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 436(1), pp. 531–539.
  7. Barker, A.J., Silvers, L.J., Proctor, M.R.E. and Weiss, N.O. (2012). Magnetic buoyancy instabilities in the presence of magnetic flux pumping at the base of the solar convection zone. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 424(1), pp. 115–127. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2012.21174.x.
  8. Favier, B.F.N., Louve, L., Edmunds, L.J., Silvers, L. and Proctor, M.R.E. (2012). How can large-scale twisted magnetic structures naturally emerge from buoyancy instabilities? Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society .
  9. Silvers, L., Vasil, Geoffrey M., , Brummell, Nicholas H., and Proctor, Michael R. E., (2011). The Evolution of a Double Diffusive Magnetic Buoyancy Instability. Astrophysical Dynamics: From Stars to Galaxies, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, IAU Symposium, 271, pp. 218–226. doi:10.1017/S1743921311017649.
  10. Silvers, L.J. (2008). Long-term nonlinear behaviour of the magnetorotational instability in a localized model of an accretion disc. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 385(2), pp. 1036–1044. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.12906.x.
  11. Keating, S.R., Silvers, L.J. and Diamond, P.H. (2008). On cross-phase and the quenching of the turbulent diffusion of magnetic fields in two dimensions. Astrophysical Journal, 678(2 PART 2) . doi:10.1086/588654.
  12. Silvers, L., Itoh, Kimitaka, , Itoh, Sanae-I., and Diamond, Patrick H., (2007). β-Plane MHD turbulence and dissipation in the solar tachocline. The Solar Tachocline p. 213.
  13. Silvers, L., Itoh, Kimitaka, , Itoh, Sanae-I., and Diamond, Patrick H., (2007). β-Plane MHD turbulence and dissipation in the solar tachocline. The Solar Tachocline p. 213.
  14. Silvers, L.J. (2006). On the choice of boundary conditions when studying the turbulent diffusion of magnetic fields. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 367(3), pp. 1155–1162. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2006.10008.x.
  15. Silvers, L.J. (2006). Erratum: "Evolution of zero-mean magnetic fields in cellular flows" (Physics of Fluids (2005) vol. 17). Physics of Fluids, 18(3) . doi:10.1063/1.2178994.
  16. Silvers, L.J. (2005). Evolution of zero-mean magnetic fields in cellular flows. Physics of Fluids, 17(10) . doi:10.1063/1.2084247.
  17. Silvers, L.J. (2005). Dynamic effects of a magnetic field on diffusion in a chaotic flow. Physics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics, 334(5-6), pp. 400–405. doi:10.1016/j.physleta.2004.11.043.
  18. Silvers, L. and Witzke, V. Mean flow evolution of saturated forced shear flows in polytropic atmospheres. EAS Publications Series .
  19. Silvers, L.J., Vasil, G.M., Brummell, N.H. and Proctor, M.R.E. The Evolution of a Double Diffusive Magnetic Buoyancy Instability. . doi:10.1017/S1743921311017649.

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  20. Silvers, L.J., Bushby, P.J. and Proctor, M.R.E. Interactions between magnetohydrodynamic shear instabilities and
    convective flows in the solar interior.
    . doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.15455.x.

    [publisher’s website]

  21. Silvers, L.J., Vasil, G.M., Brummell, N.H. and Proctor, M.R.E. Double-diffusive instabilities of a shear-generated magnetic layer. Astrophys.J., 702, pp. L14–L18. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/702/1/L14.

    [publisher’s website]

  22. Lin, M.-.K., Silvers, L.J. and Proctor, M.R.E. Three-Layer Magnetoconvection. Phys.Lett.A, 373, pp. 69–75. doi:10.1016/j.physleta.2008.10.074.

    [publisher’s website]

  23. Silvers, L.J. Magnetic Fields In Astrophysical Objects. . doi:10.1098/rsta.2008.0173.

    [publisher’s website]

  24. Silvers, L.J. and Proctor, M.R.E. Interacting Convection Zones. AIP Conf.Proc., 948, pp. 171–175. doi:10.1063/1.2818967.

    [publisher’s website]

  25. Silvers, L.J. and Proctor, M.R.E. The Interaction Of Multiple Convection Zones In A-type Stars. . doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2007.12082.x.

    [publisher’s website]

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