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Dr Phil Cigan

Dr Phil Cigan

Research Associate
Astronomy Group

School of Physics and Astronomy

+44 (0)29 2087 1984
53, The Parade, 53 The Parade, 52 The Parade, Cardiff, CF24 3AB

I am an observational astrophysicist specializing in the study of dust and gas in galaxies.  I focus primarily on the far infrared to radio range of the spectrum, though my work in low-metallicity dwarf galaxies and other projects does let me dip my toes back into the shorter wavelengths as well.  For more details on my research, please click the Research tab.

Ph.D. in Physics (Dissertation in Astrophysics), New Mexico Tech

M.Sc. in Physics, New Mexico Tech

B.S. in Physics and Astronomy-Physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison





My current research is primarily focused on astrophysical dust, from how it forms to how it affects its host environment.  My primary role at Cardiff is the ERC CosmicDust project, which aims to understand the role of dust and gas in galaxies in the local universe and over cosmic time.  I have made a significant focus on dust production within the ejecta of SN 1987A, and have contributed to the H-ATLAS and JINGLE surveys.  I am also interested in the ISM of low-metallicity galaxies, and am a working member of the LITTLE THINGS consortium.