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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 Extragalactic & Cosmology Group is just one part of the Astronomy & Astrophysics research at Durham.
Contact DetailsExtragalactic & Cosmology Group,
Department of Physics,
Durham DH1 3LE
Tel: 44 (0)191 3343635