Potential PhD projects: Extragalactic Astrophysics and Cosmology

Project: Galaxy formation with the next generation of telescopes

Supervisor: Dr Sean McGee

During this PhD, the next generation of telescopes and surveys used to study galaxy formation will become available. This includes new observatories like Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, the Euclid space telescope, and the James Webb Space Telescope as well as new instruments like WEAVE on the William Herschel Telescope and MOONS on the Very Large Telescopes. This PhD will prepare and make use of these new tools to examine galaxy formation. 

There are several possible projects including, but not limited to: the tidal disruption of stars by the black holes in galaxies and their subsequent effect on the galaxy hosts; the effect of environment on the formation of galaxies through cosmic time; and constraining the mass function of dark matter halos with strong gravitational lensing.

For more information, please email Dr. Sean McGee (smcgee[at]star.sr.bham.ac.uk)