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Christopher Prior, PhD University College London

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Assistant Professor, Magnetohydrodynamics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences

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Research Groups

Department of Mathematical Sciences

  • Applied & Computational Mathematics
  • Applied & Computational Mathematics: Magnetohydrodynamics
  • Applied Mathematics: Biomathematics

Research Interests

  • Magnetohydrodynamics
  • Topological constraints

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  • Prior, Christopher & MacTaggart, David (2020). Magnetic winding: what is it and what is it good for? Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 476(2242): 20200483.
  • Prior, Christopher, Davies, Owen R., Bruce, Daniel & Pohl, Ehmke (2020). Obtaining Tertiary Protein Structures by the ab Initio Interpretation of Small Angle X-ray Scattering Data. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation 16(3): 1985-2001.
  • Prior, Christopher, Hawkes, Gareth & Berger, M. (2020). Spatial scales and locality of magnetic helicity. Astronomy and Astrophysics 635: A95.
  • Fradkin, L. J., Djakou, A. K., Prior, C., Darmon, M., Chatillion, S. & CALMON, P.-F. (2020). The alternative Kirchhoff Approximation in Elastodynamics with applications in ultrasonic non-destructive testing. The ANZIAM Journal 1.
  • Prior C & MacTaggart D (2019). Interpreting magnetic helicity flux in solar flux emergence. Journal of Plasma Physics 85(2): 775850201.
  • Prior, C. & Gourgouliatos, K. N. (2019). Observational signatures of magnetic field structure in relativistic AGN jets. Astronomy & Astrophysics 622: A122.
  • Prior, C. & Yeates, A. (2018). Quantifying reconnective activity in braided vector fields. Physical Review E 98(1): 013204.
  • Prior, C., Moussou, J., Chakrabarti, B., Jensen, O. E. & Juel, A. (2016). Ribbon curling via stress relaxation in thin polymer films. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113(7): 1719-1724.
  • Prior, C. B. & MacTaggart, D. (2016). The emergence of braided magnetic fields. Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics 110(5): 432-457.
  • Prior, C. B. & Neukirch, S. (2016). The extended polar writhe: a tool for open curves mechanics. Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical 49(21): 215201.
  • Prior, C. & Yeates, A. (2016). Twisted versus braided magnetic flux ropes in coronal geometry. I. Construction and relaxation. Astronomy & Astrophysics 587: A125.
  • Prior, C. & Yeates, A. (2016). Twisted versus braided magnetic flux ropes in coronal geometry. II. Comparative behaviour. Astronomy & Astrophysics 591: A16.
  • Prior, C. (2014). Helical Birods: An Elastic Model of Helically Wound Double-Stranded Rods. Journal of Elasticity 117(2): 231-277.
  • Prior, C.B. & Yeates, A.R. (2014). On the helicity of open magnetic fields. The Astrophysical Journal 787(2): 100.
  • Prior, C. & Berger, M.A. (2012). On the shape of force-free field lines in the solar corona. Solar Physics 278(2): 323-345.
  • Prior, C & Majumdar, A (2012). Stability estimates for a twisted rod under terminal loads: a three-dimensional study. Journal of Elasticity 109(1): 75.
  • Prior, C & Goriely, A (2012). The fourier transform of tubular densities. Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical 45(22): 225208.

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