Dr. Mark Swinbank

STFC Advanced Fellow

Institute for Computational Cosmology, Durham University

I am an extra-galactic astronomer in the Institute for Computational Cosmology at the University of Durham. My research interests include the formation and evolution of galaxies, galaxy clusters, large scale structure and galaxies in interaction. I exploit multi-wavelength data to explore the properties of distant (high-redshift) galaxies in order to explore the processes which shaped the local Universe (such as the Milky-Way). In particular, I use strong gravitational lensing (the deflection of light by massive foreground galaxy clusters) to boost the sizes and brightnesses of images of distant, young galaxies to resolve structures and dynamics on scales which would otherwise be impossible with current technology. I also work on obscured star-formation -- dusty galaxies -- selected at sub-mm and radio wavebands. These galaxies are seen in the sub-mm as the UV/optical starlight from young, massive stars is absorbed by dust and re-radiated in the far-infrared waveband. Sub-mm galaxies are a major population in the early Universe, contributing around 50% of the energy density at redshift (z)~2; (ie. seen 10 billion years ago) and represent the formation epoch of todays massive luminous elliptical galaxies.

Telescopes

ESO
Gemini
HST
Keck
UKIRT
WHT
PdBI

Contact

Dr. Mark Swinbank,
Room OC312
Institute for Computational Cosmology
Department of Physics and Astronomy
South Road
Durham
DH1 3EE
Tel: +44-191-334-3786
Fax: +44-191-334-3645

Curriculum Vitae: CV

Movie Pages...

01. ``The GAMA Universe: The G15 field:" The Movie

02. ``An ALMA Survey of Sub-Millimeter Galaxies in the Extended Chandra Deep Field South:" The Movie

03. ``The Relation between Galaxies and their Dark Matter Halos:" The Movie

04. `The ISM in distant star forming galaxies: a PdBI study of the cold molecular gas in a star forming galaxy at z=2.3" The Movie

05. ``Cosmic Origins: the Hubble Deep Field fly through" Cosmic Origins and the HDF flythrough clips

Recent Science Highlights...

01. ``An ALMA Survey of Sub-Millimeter Galaxies in the Extended Chandra Deep Field South: The Far-Infrared Properties of SMGs" Swinbank et al. MNRAS submitted

02. ``An ALMA survey of submillimeter galaxies in the ECDFS: Serendipitous detection of [C II] and the evolution of the [C II] luminosity function to z=4.4" Swinbank et al. 2012 MNRAS 427 1066 You can also view the LESS "ALMA Movies here"

03. `The Properties of the Star-Forming Interstellar Medium at z=0.84-2.23 from HiZELS I: Mapping the Internal Dynamics and Metallicity Gradients in Star-Forming Galaxies at z=0.84-2.23 from HiZELS" Swinbank et al. 2012 MNRAS 426 935

04. ``The Properties of the Star-Forming Interstellar Medium at z=0.84-2.23 from HiZELS II: Star-Formation and Clump Scaling Laws in Gas Rich, Turbulent Disks" Swinbank et al. 2012 ApJ 426 935

05. ``The ISM in distant star-forming galaxies: Turbulent pressure, fragmentation and cloud scaling relations in a dense gas disk at z=2.3" Swinbank et al. 2011 ApJ 742 11