The Dark Energy Survey, which has just begun its second year of observations, is gathering data about one of the most puzzling phenomena to be discovered in the past century: that the universe is not only expanding, but is doing so at an ever faster rate. Some as yet unknown force dubbed ‘dark energy’ is driving this acceleration. More...
The standard model of particle physics needs to be extended: it predicts that neutrinos have zero mass, but this does not fit with experimental data. Recent work has suggested an unexpectedly high mass for the neutrino, but UCL cosmologists say this is wrong. They argue that a low mass is more consistent with the observed properties of the universe. The Dark Energy Survey (which UCL is also involved in) will provide data that could resolve this debate in the next few years. More...
All the Sky – All the Time: UK astronomers debate involvement in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)
Image: A combination of two renderings, showing the telescope on the summit. March 2011 (Credit LSST Corporation) More...
Dr Steve Fossey has been awarded the UCL Communication and Culture Award for Media Communicator of the Year (news story). 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, EChO, 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. See `Postdoctoral Research Associate in Supernova Dust and Molecules' (closing date for applications: February 1st 2015) and 'Postdoctoral Research Associate in Astrochemical Studies of Complex Organic Molecules in Space' (closing date for applications: February 1st 2015).
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