We run high resolution hydrodynamical simulations to investigate the dynamics of gas in clusters of galaxies and the intergalactic medium.
Galaxy Cluster Surveys
Searching for and characterising clusters of galaxies - the most massive objects in the Universe.
Exploring the cosmological perturbations that lead to the large-scale structure, gravitational waves and magnetic fields in the Universe.
Resolving pulsation modes in hot sub-dwarf and white dwarfs to model their evolution and internal structure. We are also searching for brown dwarf planetary companions through study of evolved eclipsing binaries and pulsating stars.
Combining large datasets taken at multiple wavelengths, to maximise our understanding of the Universe.
Image: Merging galaxies in radio at 325 MHz and in optical.
Understanding the formation and evolution of galaxies throughout the course of cosmic history.
Image: Starburst galaxy HXMM01.
Measuring the properties of luminous and distant Active Galactic Nuclei.
Image: Stacked optical spectra of 200,000 quasars.
High resolution hydrodynamical simulations to investigate the dynamics of gas in clusters of galaxies and the intergalactic medium.
Image: The evolution of cosmic structure from the early Universe until today, overlaid with the fractions of cosmic baryons in various temperature phases.
UWC postdoc Sourav Mitra has been named Young Astronomer of the Year 2013 by the Astronomical Society of India, for work he published on formation rates of dark matter haloes. Details of the award can be found here: http://www.astron-soc.in/awards.php#young_astronomer
Figure 1: Zoomed in image of DESC1feu, highlighting the supernova position We are excited to announce that researchers from UWC, AIMS and SAAO have successfully confirmed the discovery of a supernova from the Dark Energy Survey (DES). DES is a 5 year experiment, using the Blanco teles
Taken from the SKA website Hundreds of world’s experts engaged in the final race for designing the largest radio telescope on earth 4 November 2013, SKA Headquarters, Jodrell Bank Observatory, UK The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project enters a new era and takes a major
News article from the SKA website The SKA will be the world’s biggest and most ambitious radio telescope array, and Euclid will be the world’s first galaxy survey experiment from space. Euclid is funded by the European Space Agency and is due for launch in 2020. Th
Prof Russ Taylor has extensive expertise in radio
astronomy, in particular wide-field polarization, cosmic magnetism and
Big Data, and has played a prominent role in the SKA project since its
inception. Russ was also one of the founding international SKA project
scientists and co-authored the first SKA science case. He currently
represents Canada as one of the national members on the SKA
Organization Board. Before that he served as the founding Executive
Secretary of the International SKA Steering Committee, the predecessor
to the International SKA Science and Engineering Committee. He is
interested in using MeerKAT to detect polarized signals from the low
luminosity AGN and star forming galaxies as an initial step toward the
SKA key science area of the evolution of cosmic magnetism. Both UWC
and UCT are extremely pleased that Prof Taylor will start building up this
research area in South Africa.