Seryddiaeth ac Astroffiseg

Course aims to offer knowledge and expertise for a career in the academic world, industry or to pursue a variety of other opportunities in which a strong background in physics, astrophysics or computing is useful and important.

The Astronomy & Astrophysics research group at Cardiff University studies a range of topics in galactic and extragalactic astronomy and cosmology, including both theory and observation, and the development of astronomical instrumentation related to these topics. Major subjects include: observations of high-redshift galaxies and their implications for both cosmology and galaxy formation; theoretical, computational and observational studies of the formation of stars and planetary systems; the design and construction of astronomical instrumentation, especially at millimetre and sub-millimetre wavelengths, for ground and space-based observatories and for studies of the Cosmic Microwave Background; theoretical work on early Universe cosmology and the large-scale structure of the Universe.


Cyswllt/Cysylltiadau Academaidd

Dr Mattia Negrello

Academic contact

Our principal objectives have to do with Origins: measuring the fluctuations from which the first clusters of galaxies formed; probing the formation, structure and evolution of galaxies, both today and at large look-back times; detecting new forms of matter; determining the relative abundances of the chemical elements in different parts of the Universe; detecting stars and planets in the earliest stages of formation and charting their birth throes.

These observational and instrumental activities are complemented by a strong and diverse theoretical programme which is also aimed at answering Origins questions, such as:

  • what determines the structure and dynamics of the enormous molecular clouds from which new stars and planets form
  • the efficiency of star formation and the masses with which stars form
  • the clustering properties of stars and why most stars are born in binary systems
  • how galaxies form and how galaxies in clusters inter act with one another
  • how, when and where the chemical elements are synthesised
  • how the evolution and appearance of the Universe are affected by dust
  • how the process of galaxy formation relates to cosmology, particularly the large-scale structure of the "cosmic web"

These projects make extensive use of computer modelling and simulations, using national and international supercomputers, as well as powerful in-house parallel machines.

Another major activity is fundamental research in general relativity and gravitational wave astronomy. This includes both the design of gravitational wave telescopes, in particular the processes used to extract and analyse the extremely subtle signals they record; and prediction of the signals to be expected from likely sources such as black holes, supernovae, pulsars, inspiralling and coalescing neutron stars, and quantum processes occurring in the early Universe.

Searching for Cosmic Anomalies

This project will involve developing, testing and applying innovative statistical analysis techniques to real and simulated data sets.

Data mining at the South Galactic Pole

Automated methods of extracting the properties of millions of galaxies from survey data and identifying new classes of rare objects.

Machine learning to maximise the impact of ALMA

Development of new, automated methods for identifying sources in data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

Automated Searches for Ultra-Diffuse Emission from Stars

We are particularly interested in the fraction of stars that lie outside of easily recognised galactic structures as a means of tracing the assembly history of dark matter haloes of various masses.

Revealing Astronomical and Archaeological Information from Satellite Imaging Data (AA - Reveal)

The proposed project is to look at the further development of the astronomical software and to particularly consider its application to archaeological surveys.

Single crystal analysis of frustrated magnetic systems, using the world's leading powder diffraction instrument

This project would extend the use of WISH to cover robust single crystal analysis of diffuse scattering and weak Bragg peak data with in-situ measurements to extend our fundamental understanding of frustrated magnetic systems.


There are currently no funding opportunities available.

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Gostyngiad o £3,400 mewn ffioedd dysgu i fyfyrwyr cymwys o Gymru a’r UE sy'n dechrau gradd meistr ym mis Medi 2018.

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