An ambitious European mission is being planned to answer fundamental questions about how planetary systems form and evolve. ARIEL will investigate the atmospheres of several hundreds planets orbiting distant stars. It is one of three candidate missions selected last month by the European Space Agency (ESA) for its next medium class science mission, due for launch in 2026. The ARIEL mission concept has been developed by a consortium of more than 50 institutes from 12 countries, including UK, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Portugal. The mission will be presented today at the Pathways 2015 conference in Bern, Switzerland, by ARIEL’s Principal Investigator, Prof Giovanna Tinetti of UCL. More...
New maps from ESA's Planck satellite, forming the second major data release (February 2015) from the project, have unveiled the polarised light from the early Universe across the entire sky, revealing that the first stars formed much later than previously thought. More...
The Astrophysics Group of UCL's Dept of Physics & Astronomy
We are one of the largest astrophysics groups in the UK, comprising about 90 members of academic, research and support staff. Our research areas cover massive stars, star formation, interstellar and circumstellar processes, astrochemistry, cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, extra-solar planets, atmospheric physics and instrumentation. An overview of the group's research can be found in the most recent Departmental Annual Review.
Our group members are also playing leadership roles in many international projects, covering a time line from the present to 2020 or so. They include the Dark Energy Survey, DESI, Euclid, the Hubble Space Telescope, JWST, SPICA, Cassini, Laplace / JUICE, Ariel, LOFAR, Planck, Herschel, e-MERLIN and ALMA. In addition, we are part of UCL's Institute of Origins which promotes inter-departmental research, including with UCL's MSSL Astrophysics Group.
Head of Group: Prof. Mike Barlow
Administrator: Mrs Kay Nakum
Current vacancies in the Astrophysics group are
listed on the Physics and Astronomy Vacancies page.
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