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Warwick Astronomy PhD Projects

Star Formation in the Early Universe


The light we detect from the most distant galaxies has taken many billions of years to reach us. It was emitted at a much earlier epoch of galaxy formation than the one we see around us today - when the Universe itself was young and the galaxies we observe had only undergone one or two phases of star formation. These early galaxies are likely to have been the building blocks from which the more massive systems we see today formed.

If we can understand them, then we can place constraints on the process of galaxy formation and evolution. New telescopes and instruments are opening new opportunities to study these systems - probing not only the stars in these galaxies, but also the dust those stars produce and the molecular gas that provides the fuel for star formation. PhD research in this field would involve a multi-wavelength approach, using cutting edge optical, radio and millimetre facilities to probe emission from stars, dust and gas in the early universe.

For further information please email Elizabeth Stanway



Radio Contours over an Optical Image

(Image:) Radio contours (at 37.6 GHz) overlaid on an optical image of the same region of sky - whereas the two 'LBG' galaxies marked with red circles were detected in the optical, radio data shows another galaxy between and above them, at the same redshift. Using the two different sets of observations provides complementary information.


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