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Dr Mikako Matsuura

Dr Mikako Matsuura

Senior Lecturer
STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow
Astronomy Group

School of Physics and Astronomy

+44 (0)29 2087 5120
N/3.24, Queen's Buildings - North Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Available for postgraduate supervision

I am a senior lecturer and STFC Ernest Rutherford fellowship holder at the astrophysics group of School of Physics and Astronomy at the Cardiff University. My research focuses on dust and molecules in evolved stars, supernovae and supernova remnants, using the state-of-art instruments, including the Herschel Space Observatory, ALMA, SOFIA and VLT.

2016 - Senior lectuer of School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University

January 2015 - February 2020 Cardiff University, STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow
July 2012 - January 2015, UCL, Senior research fellow
April 2011 - June 2012, UCL, Research fellow
April 2009 - March 2011 UCL, Origins Research Fellow
April 2006 - March 2009 National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), JSPS fellow
October 2005 - March 2006 Queen's University of Belfast, Research fellow
April 2001 - September 2005 University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) & University of Manchester, Research associate
April 1998 - March 2001 University of Tokyo & ISAS/JAXA, JSPS fellow
March 2001 PhD in Astronomy, University of Tokyo
March 1998 MSc in Astronomy, University of Tokyo
March 1996 BSc in Physics, Nagoya University












Research interests

My research interest is observational astronomy at infrared, sub-millimetre and millimetre wavelengths. Particularly, the main targets of my research are dust and molecules in evolved stars and supernovae, with a focus on how and how much dust and molecules are formed in these stars, and what is their contribution to the global dust budgets of the interstellar medium of galaxies. Recently, our observations with the Herschel Space Observatory found a significant mass (~half a solar mass) of dust in the supernova 1987A. Furthermore, we also found cold (<120K) molecules from this supernova. Presently, I am investigating how the dust and molecules have been formed in supernovae, by using Herschel, ALMA, SOFIA, VLT and potentially JWST.

Current supervision

Hannah Chawner

Research student