Dr. Mark Swinbank

Senior Lecurer in Astrophysics

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.




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

Curriculum Vitae: CV

Movie Pages...

01. ``The UDF as seen by HST, ALMA and MUSE:" The Movies

02. ``The GAMA Universe: The G15 field:" The Movies

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

04. ``The Relation between Galaxies and their Dark Matter Halos:" The Movies

05. `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 Movies

06. ``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: Spectroscopic Redshifts" Danielson et al. MNRAS submitted Data products (including spectra and catalogs) can be found here.

02. ``Angular momentum evolution of galaxies over the past 10Gyr: A MUSE and KMOS dynamical survey of 400 star-forming galaxies from z=0.3-1.7" Swinbank et al. 2016 MNRAS submitted. Reduced MUSE cubes available here

03. ``Mapping the Dynamics of a Giant Ly-alpha Halo at z=4.1 with MUSE: The Energetics or a Large Scale AGN-driven Outflow around a Massive High-Redshift Galaxy" Swinbank et al. 2015 MNRAS 449 1298 Datacube is available here.

04. ``An ALMA Survey of Sub-Millimeter Galaxies in the Extended Chandra Deep Field South: The Far-Infrared Properties of SMGs" Swinbank et al. 2014 MNRAS 438 1267 Data products can be found here

05. ``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." Data products can be found here.

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