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Participant Number 5: Durham (GB)

Expertise in Research and Complementarity
The Durham team is led by Prof. D. R. Flower (DRF), with support from Emeritus Professor B. H. Bransden (BHB). DRF has wide experience in molecular dynamics. After postdoctoral research in Paris and Switzerland (ETH), he moved to Durham as Lecturer in 1978 to join the Physics Department. He was appointed Professor in 1994. BHB has made major contributions to the study of theoretical atomic physics and elementary particle theory. The team is part of a larger grouping (the Atomic and Molecular Physics group) in the Physics Department (graded 5 for research). The University of Durham is one of the leading research Universities in the UK. As such it is well-equipped for research; for example, it has excellent library and IT facilities. The excellence of the research in its Physics Department is recognized by the award of a grade 5 in the two most recent UK Research Assessment Exercises. The team has been especially active in European collaborative research, and work with the Meudon team has been recognized by the award of a prize of the Academie des Sciences to Guillaume Pineau des Forêts. DRF was Chairman of the highly successful Collaborative Computational Project on the Analysis of Astrophysical Spectra. The Durham/Meudon team has also benefited from a number of collaborative grants, including a joint Royal Society/CNRS award and two grants from the British Council's Alliance Programme. The first ever prediction of chemical bistability of the interstellar gas was made by the Meudon/Durham group. The Durham team has collaborated previously with Pierre Valiron (Grenoble) and with Marie-Lise Dubernet (now at Meudon).
Expertise in Training and Knowledge Transfer
The graduate student would study in the Physics Department of the University of Durham. Students are expected to attend lectures and to contribute to the programme of research seminars, with a seminar every week in physics and one on more general physical topics (many more seminars are available in the Departments of Physics and Chemistry). Furthermore, the University of Durham provides a structured modular training programme to support the personal and career development of graduate students. Numerous courses are available, for example 'An Introduction to Unix' and 'Writing for Publication', as well as 'Dealings with your supervisor'. Members of Prof. Flower's group regularly attend and present work at national and international meetings. These various activities will ensure that the training of a graduate student in Durham will have breadth as well as depth. The student will be one of approximately 70 graduate students in the Department of Physics. Over the past four years, DRF has supervised 3 PhD students (2M, 1F), of whom 2 have graduated and 1 is a current student.

Involvement of Key Scientific Staff.

Name Position M/F Expertise
D. R. Flower Professor M Molecular dynamics
B. H. Bransden Emeritus Professor M Atomic physics theory
C. McCoey PhD Student F Shocks in outflow sources

Significant References
1. The contribution of J-type shocks to the H2 emission from molecular outflow sources D. R. Flower, J. Le Bourlot, G. Pineau des Forêts and S. Cabrit, MNRAS, 341, 70 (2003)
2. New determinations of the critical velocities of C-type shock waves in dense molecular clouds J. Le Bourlot, G. Pineau des Forêts, D. R. Flower and S. Cabrit, MNRAS, 332, 985-993 (2002)