Gunnar Hornig

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Professor of Mathematics & Discipline Lead


Gunnar Hornig obtained his PhD in 1997 from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), Germany.

He led a junior research group funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung for six years at RUB before he came for a one-year visiting position to the University of St Andrews.

In 2005 he took up a position at the University of Dundee to build up a new group on Magnetohydrodynamics.

Read more on his personal webpage.


His research interests lie in the area of mathematical methods applied to fluid dynamical systems, especially to magnetohydrodynamics (MHD).

MHD is a theory which describes the behaviour of electrically conducting fluids such as plasmas or molten metals and applies for instance to the atmospheres of stars like our Sun. These plasmas show an amazing variety of phenomena of self-organisation and structure formation which are a challenge to understand.

To describe or predict these phenomena we use a wide range of mathematical tools from dynamical systems theory, differential geometry, topology and numerical analysis.

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Yeates, A.R., Hornig, G., Unique Topological Characterization of Braided Magnetic Fields Physics of Plasmas., 20 (1), 012102 (2013)

Yeates, A.R., Hornig, G. and Wilmot-Smith, A.L., Topological Constraints on Magnetic Relaxation, Phys. Rev. Lett., 105, 085002 (2010)

Hornig, G., Priest, E.R., Evolution of magnetic flux in an isolated reconnection process, Physics of Plasmas 10(7), 2712-2721 (2003)

Hornig, G., Mayer, C., Towards a third order topological invariant for magnetic fields, J. Phys. A 35, 3945-3959 (2002)