Dr Graham P. Smith

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I am an observational cosmologist in the Astrophysics Group at the University of Birmingham, where I hold the position of Reader of Cosmology. I use large space- and ground-based telescopes to address some of the biggest open questions in modern physical science, including the nature of dark matter and dark energy, testing gravity theory, the physics of galaxy clusters, and galaxy evolution. I am also interested in gravitational waves and have begun a new collaboration that aims to detect the first gravitationally lensed gravitational wave. If you are new to these topics, then you may find these review articles to be a useful introduction. If you are interested in studying for a PhD with me then click "Extragalactic Astrophysics and Cosmology" on this page to find out more. Details of my research are available from my publication list.

I am an Affiliate PI within the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) community, a member of several LSST science collaborations, and serve as the Commissioning Coordinator for the LSST:UK Scientific Consortium. Increasingly, I focus on thinking about the role that LSST and other optical telescopes will play in discovering the first gravitationally lensed gravitational wave. When not absorbed by this challenge, I continue in my role as PI of the Local Cluster Substructure Survey (LoCuSS), helping my colleagues to capitalise on the amazing multi-wavelength dataset that we have amassed over the last decade. I am also a member of the Euclid Consortium, and hope to contribute to the analysis of Euclid data one day.

At Birmingham I teach the second year course Observational Astronomy, in which I try to cover everything that I wish I had known about this topic when I entered grad school. In the past I have been responsible for the third year Observatory Laboratory and served as Director of the University of Birmingham Observatory. These days I enjoy leading the second year laboratory Astrophysics Projects in which our undergraduates gain first exposure to real world astronomical observations and data analysis. I also give tutorials to second year students and contribute to the third year General Physics module.

I am very proud to be one of the co-founders of Astronomy in the City. These public events occur during the darker months of the year and aim to connect the West Midlands public with cutting edge astronomical research, and observing the night sky themsleves . These events are supported by a community partnership between University of Birmingham Observatory, AstroSoc, Knowle Astronomical Society, and Solihull School.