Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology
Research at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics covers a wide area of observational and theoretical research in cosmology and gravitational physics.
- Theoretical cosmology - the investigation of physical and mathematical models of the early Universe
- Observational CMB - the study of fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background, which allows us to probe the Universe at early times and make deductions about fundamental processes in cosmology
- Gravitational lensing - the study of multiple images produced by gravitational bending of light, which gives probes of light and dark matter distributions in galaxies and clusters
- Galaxy formation and Dynamics (Theory) - the investigation of galaxy formation and evolution within the context of hierarchical structure formation models
- Starburst and active galaxies (Observational) - the study of physics underway in galaxies at high and low redshift via multi-wavelength observations of galaxies.
Understanding how galaxies form and evolution is one of the key questions of astrophysics. At JBCA, we study the structure formation from both observational and theoretical point of view. Our expertise cover a wide variety of topics, such as cosmological numerical simulations, observations of starburst and active galaxies, strong gravitational lensing (by galaxies and clusters), and the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect by clusters of galaxies.
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