Theoretical Astrophysics Group

The Theoretical Astrophysics group currently comprises seven academic staff members, three post-doctoral researchers, ten PhD students, and one adminstrator. Our research program studies some of the key physical processes which govern the evolution of the Universe. These processes operate on a wide range of scales, from accretion on to black holes at the centres of galaxies, to planetary systems, to mergers of galaxies. Much of our work involves large-scale numerical simulations, and the group hosts one node of the UK's DiRAC high-performance computing facility. Our research is supported by grants from STFC, the European Research Council, and the Leverhulme Trust. In addition, we also work closely with Leicester's X-ray and Observational Astronomy Group taking advantage of their involvement in Chandra, XMM-Newton, Swift, and NGTS, and we are involved in the modelling of observational data at a wide range of wavelengths.

Our current research topics include:

  • Dynamics and evolution of accretion discs

  • Growth of supermassive black holes in galaxy centres

  • Formation and evolution of planetary systems

  • The Galactic Centre

  • Ultraluminous X-ray sources

  • X-ray binaries

  • Gamma-ray bursts

  • Tidal disruption events

  • Galactic dynamics

  • Dark matter in dwarf spheroidal galaxies

  • Dynamical modelling of the Milky Way

  • More details about our research can be found on our group research page.

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