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for Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy,
University of Central Lancashire,
Preston,
PR1 2HE
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Extragalactic Astrophysics

The extragalactic astrophysics group is at the forefront of the highly marketable computational, theoretical, and observational fields of galaxy formation and evolution. From simulations of the large scale structure of the universe, the chemical history of the galaxies and filamentary cosmic web, to the microphysics of exotic jets and black holes, the group spans both far-field and near-field cosmological efforts, in an effort to understand the origin of the components which make up our Universe.

Cosmology & Galaxy Formation

 Using self-consistent three-dimensional gravitational N-body, smoothed particle hydrodynamics, and adaptive mesh refinement simulations, the group enjoys an enviable international profile in leading the High Performance Computational astrophysics community's efforts to unlock the secrets of galaxy formation.

Galactic Chemical Evolution

 There are four primary means by which astronomers attempt to disentangle the evolutionary history of galaxies: morphology, dynamics, colours, and chemistry. The extragalactic astrophysics group at UCLan is one of the world's leading centre's engaged in modeling the chemical history of galaxies throughout the Universe. Employing industry-standard codes designed in-house, the group is shedding light on the power (and limitations) of using chemical fingerprints to understand the evolution of our Milky Way, its neighbours, and structure throughout the Universe.

Black Holes

 What are the underlying physical mechansism driving the ejection of matter at nearly the speed of light from the hearts of black holes? Researchers within the extragalactic astrophysics group are leading the charge to understand these mysterious objects.

International Collaborations

The extragalactic astrophysics group plays a nimportant leadership role in a wide range of high-profile international  collaborations, including RAVE: The RAdial Velocity Experiment and CCI: The Commonwealth Cosmology Initiative.

Astrophysical Sociology

The group has a strong track record in recognising trends in the job market, and responding rapidly, in order to provide peerless training for its postgraduate students and academic staff. Interested students and potential collaborators are encouraged to seek us out; we are amongst the most collaborative, and sociable astronomy groups in the world, and take great pride in providing both a stimulating work experience and and an enjoyable time.

top of page Header Image : Simulated Nanoparticle (Marco Pinna, Joe Smerdon), Solar disk with SDO (NASA UClan SDO archive), V838 Monocerotis (NASA/STScl), NGC7424 (Gemini Observatory), M74 (NASA Hubble Space Telescope) NASA,and ESA ; and solar plume courtesy of SOHO /EIT consortium

Author: BK Gibson, Last Updated: 1 May 2006, 10:34


 
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