Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy

Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy

LATEST NEWS £7.4M award to support astronomy research at Durham University
STFC have recently announced the award of a £7.4M grant to support astronomy research at Durham University for 2014-17. This resource will fund research activities within the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation, the Institute for Computational Cosmology and the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy.
2010 marked the 35th anniversary of the renaissance of observational astronomy and cosmology in the Department of Physics at Durham University. The Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy has grown substantially over this period and we are now one of the largest astronomy groups in the UK and Europe, hosting world-class activities in observational and theoretical extragalactic astronomy and cosmology, encompassing the formation and evolution of galaxies, clusters and large scale structure. Together these provide a rich research environment where productivity is significantly enhanced by the ease of cross-disciplinary collaboration. Durham ranked Number One in Europe and fourth in the world for our research into Space Science (which covers research into astronomy and astrophysics) over the decade 1998-2008, according to a recent league table by Thomson Reuters ESI and published in the Times.

Our observational research programmes makes extensive use of the world's forefront observational facilities to test advanced theoretical models of galaxy and structure formation developed in Durham. We utilise the largest ground-based optical and near-infrared telescopes including those in Hawaii, Australia, Chile and the Canary Islands, and we have been particularly successful at obtaining time on the Hubble Space Telescope. The multi-wavelength aspects of our programme focus on sub-millimeter and radio observations from ground-based facilities in Hawaii, Spain, Australia and the Americas and X-ray observations from space-based facilities such as the Chandra and Newton X-ray satellites (and NuSTAR from 2012). Follow the Research Topics link to find out more about our research.

Our theoretical research programme is centred around the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC). There you will find details of our studies into galaxy formation, large-scale structure and the nature of the cosmic dark matter. A key component of our research explores mass accretion onto black holes and is outlined both here (see Research Topics link on the left hand panel) and on our high-energy astrophysics web pages. We also closely interact with staff in the Astronomical Instrumentation group to aid the development and commissioning of instrumentation purpose-built for studies relevant to this area.

The Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy is just one part of the Astronomy & Astrophysics research at Durham.

Contact Details

Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy,
Department of Physics,
Durham University,
South Road,
Durham DH1 3LE
Tel: 44 (0)191 3343635