Research in the Astronomy Unit

The Astronomy Unit (AU) at Queen Mary, University of London, is one of the UK's main centres for astronomy research and postgraduate education, attracting students, postdoctoral research fellows and distinguished visitors from around the world. Members of the Unit participate in a wide range of international research programs, including ground-based observations, space experiments, and theoretical work in a wide variety of research areas. The research carried out in the Astronomy Unit informs both our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

The Astronomy Unit is organized into a number of groups, often with overlapping memberships. Here we summarize the current research objectives grouped by STFC defined areas of “Near Universe” and “Far Universe.”

Near Universe: Solar System and Stellar Physics
  • Planetary formation in the solar system and extrasolar planetary systems
  • Atmospheres of solar system and extrasolar planets
  • Dynamics of Saturn’s ring system and analysis of Cassini imaging data
  • Particle acceleration, turbulence and reconnection in space and solar plasmas
  • Analysis and modelling of LOFAR data for solar radio bursts
  • Structure of Sun and stars using helio- and astero-seismology using data from CoRoT, Kepler, and SoHO
Far Universe: Cosmology and Survey Astronomy
  • The physics of the early Universe and models of inflation
  • Large-scale structure formation
  • Gravitational lensing
  • Dark energy and modified gravity
  • Cosmological perturbation theory at linear order and beyond
  • Relativistic cosmological modeling
  • Exploitation of VISTA surveys