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Astrophysics group at MSSL/UCL is active in a wide range of research area in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Our researches are driven by the MSSL space projects, but not restricted to them. The main themes of our research are seen below.

Welcome to the University College London (UCL) MSSL astrophysics group web-site. In synergy with MSSL's involvement in space science missions, members of the astrophysics group actively work on a wide range of astronomy and astrophysics.

High Energy Physics

High Energy

Research areas spanning: theory/phenomenology, detector, software and accelerator R&D and analysis of data from the LHC, dark matter and neutrino experiments.

Galaxy Formation and Evolution

Galaxy Formation & Evolution

We have experts in both the theoretical and observational sides of star formation in galaxies, chemical enrichment, AGN physics and mission data analysis.

Cosmology

Cosmology

Applying statistical and informatics techniques to observational data and developing new analysis techniques and methodologies for data extraction.

Simulation of colliding galaxies. Credit: NCSA, NASA, B. Robertson, L. Hernquist

Computational Astrophysics

Developing numerical simulation code, GCD+ a chemodynamical modelling approach, to simulate the formation and evolution of the Milky Way.

Astrophysical simulation

Theory

We apply physics and computational interpretation methods to seek general insight into exotic phenomena that are studied in space science.

Artists impression of Euclid. Credit: ESA

Astrophysics Space Missions

MSSL continues to play a key role in various space missions, both in terms of building instruments and making full use of the data once in-orbit.

Astrophysics Group Meetings and Seminars
January - December 2018
DateTitleSpeakerExpertise
Thursday 4 January
 
ASTRO GROUP MEETING
Thursday 11 January, 14:30
Formation, growth, and coalescence of supermassive black holesDavide Fiacconi
IoA, University of Cambridge
supermassive black holes
Thursday 18 January, 14:30
Cosmic Rays in High-Redshift Star-forming galaxies and their effects on the ISMEllis Owen
MSSL/UCL
cosmic rays
Thursday 25 January, 14:30
Forward modelling the Euclid galaxy clustering measurementKatarina Markovič
ICG, Portsmouth
cosmology
Thursday 1 February
 
ASTRO GROUP MEETING
Thursday 8 February, 14:30
Weak Lensing Cosmology with the Square Kilometre ArrayIan Harrison
University of Manchester
cosmology, weak lensing
Thursday 15 February, 14:00
Plasma-Astrophysics: The Connection Between Global Dynamics and Kinetic Plasma PhysicsDaniel Verscharen
MSSL/UCL
fundamental plasma processes in space and astrophysics
Tuesday 20 February, 14:00
Mapping the Milky Way in 6D with GaiaJo Bovy
University of Toronto
dynamical structure, formation and evolution of the milky way
Thursday 22 February, 14:30
Developing a Standard Model for the Rotation and Magnetic Activity of Sun-Like StarsSean Matt
University of Exeter
formation, structure and evolution of stars and their environments
Thursday 1 March
 
ASTRO GROUP MEETING
Friday 9 March, 14:30
Supernova Cosmology: Not Just wEd Macaulay
ICG, Portsmouth
cosmology
Thursday 15 March, 14:00
Preparing for Stage IV Lensing ExperimentsPeter Taylor
MSSL/UCL
weak lensing, cosmology
Thursday 22 March, 14:30
TitleName
Institute
Topic
Thursday 29 March, 14:30
EASTER BREAK
Thursday 5 April
 
ASTRO GROUP MEETING
Thursday 12 April, 14:30
Contribution of AGN to cosmic reionizationGirish Kulkarni
IoA Cambridge
cosmic reionization
Monday 23 April, 14:30
Subaru Hyper Suprime-CamMasahiro Takada
Kavli-IPMU, University of Tokyo
observational cosmology
Thursday 26 April, 14:30
Surveys with the SKA Precursor MeerKatNatasha Maddox
ASTRON
quasars, radio surveys
Monday 30 April, 14:30
Snow and the Seven Thousands White DwarfsJeremy Heyl
UBC
compact objects
Thursday 3 May
 
ASTRO GROUP MEETING
Thursday 10 May, 14:30
Active Galactic Nuclei as cosmological probesElisabeta Lusso
Durham University
cosmology, quasars as standard candles
Thursday 17 May, 14:30
The Structure of Galactic Thick DisksMarie Martig
LJMU
Galactic Disks
Thursday 24 May, 14:30
Testing the LCDM paradigm with strong gravitational lensesTom Collet
ICG Portsmouth
dark matter
Thursday 31 May, 14:30
Probing the nature of dark matter with galaxy clustersAndrew Robertson
Durham University
dark matter
Thursday 7 June
 
ASTRO GROUP MEETING
Thursday 14 June, 14:30
Solving Cosmological puzzles with neutrino physicsPasquale Di Bari
University of Southampton
Particle cosmology, neutrino physics
Thursday 21 June, 14:30
X-rays across the galaxy population: tracing star formation and AGN activityJames Aird
University of Leicester
X-ray surveys
Thursday 28 June, 14:30
Gamma-ray astronomy: Current status and future plansAnthony Brown
Durham University
gamma-ray astronomy
Thursday 5 July
 
ASTRO GROUP MEETING
Thursday 12 July, 14:30
Inferring the properties of dark matter from gaps in stellar streamsDenis Erkal
University of Surrey
dark matter
Thursday 19 July, 14:30
Internal SeminarTBD
University of Sydney
Topic
Thursday 26 July, 14:30
The outskirts of Globular Clusters: from todal tails to the Milky Way potentialEduardo Balbinot
University of Surrey
globular clusters
August
SUMMER BREAK
Monday 27 August, 14:30
Title TBCWei Cui
Purdue University
Topic
Friday 31 August, 14:30
Title TBCSimon Murphy
University of Sydney
Topic
Thursday 6 September
 
ASTRO GROUP MEETING
Thursday 13 September, 14:30
Title TBCMattia Negrello
University of Cardiff
galaxy formation and evolution
Thursday 20 September, 14:30
TitleName
Institute
Topic
Thursday 27 September, 14:30
Title TBCWarrick Ball
University of Birmingham
Stellar structure and modelling, astroseismology
Thursday 4 October
 
ASTRO GROUP MEETING
Thursday 11 October, 14:30
Title TBCBaojiu Li
ICC, Durham University
cosmology, modified gravity theories
Thursday 18 October, 14:30
Title TBDIlian Iliev
University of Sussex
cosmology, reionization
Thursday 25 October, 14:30
Title TBCMartin Haehnelt
Cambridge IoA
Topic
Thursday 1 November
 
ASTRO GROUP MEETING
Thursday 8 November, 14:30
Title TBCTim Roberts
Durham University
Topic
Thursday 15 November, 14:30
Title TBCDavid Sobral
Lancaster University
Topic
Thursday 22 November, 14:30
Title TBCSpeaker
Institution
Topic
Thursday 29 November, 14:30
TitleJulie Wardlow
Lancaster University
Topic
Thursday 6 December
 
ASTRO GROUP MEETING
Thursday 13 December, 14:30
TitleName
Institute
Topic
Astrophysics Seminars & Events

Please note Astrophysics seminars take place every Monday at 4pm. Please click on seminar details for further information including venue. Refreshments will be served at a location (tba) from 3.15pm.

Astrophysics Seminars & Events

 

 

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Head of Astrophysics:
Prof. Mark Cropper    
+44 1483 204 155    
m.cropper@ucl.ac.uk