Cosmology

Cosmology is one of the most exciting branches of Physics & Astronomy with substantial progress having been made in the last 20 years.

Rich Galaxy Cluster Simulation
Galaxies and X-ray emitting gas in a simulation of a rich galaxy cluster. Credit: David Barnes/C-EAGLE project/Virgo Consortium

Our research

Cosmology is the study of the Universe as a whole rather than individual objects. It involved the study of the origins and ultimate fate of the Universe constrained using observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background and Large-Scale Structure. The JBCA cosmology is playing significant roles in a number of areas and is involved in many of the current high profile observational projects such as Planck, Euclid, Dark Energy Survey (DES), Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

Key questions which we are interested in are:

  • the understanding the origins of the initial deviations for homogeneity that eventually lead to the formation of large scale structure;
  • the origins of the cosmic acceleration;
  • the nature of the dark matter thought to pervade the Universe;
  • the formation of galaxies and clusters of galaxies.

Research themes

The Cosmology group research comprises six main themes:

Student projects

If you're considering applying to do your PhD with us, you can see an unofficial list of potential student projects.
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