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Astrophysical Structure Formation

The formation and growth of structure in the Universe, from the large-scale galaxy distribution, to galaxies themselves, and on smaller scales the formation of stars and individual protoplanetary systems, is one of the outstanding problems in theoretical astrophysics. In the absence of an analytic way to address the complexity of these problems, we use numerical techniques to model and study them.

We develop and exploit N-body and hydrodynamics simulations, making use of the common techniques, to address the full range of these problems.

More information may be found on the Edinburgh Centre for Computational Astrophysics website.




PhD Students

Fred Jennings

  • University of Edinburgh
  • Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

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