Institute for Astronomy,
University of Edinburgh,
to my webpage. I am Professor of Astrophysics at the Institute for Astronomy at
the University of Edinburgh. I'm
also the Coordinator of the Marie Curie European Community Research Training
Network, DUEL, and the
Coordinator for the undergraduate Astrophysics Senior Honours
and MPhys courses in the School of Physics at
the University of Edinburgh.
Below is some information on my lecture courses and research interests.
Astrophysics Senior Honours and MPhys:
& Integrated Masters:
Radiation and Matter
The DUEL (Dark Universe
with Extragalactic Lensing) Network:
I am Coordinator
of the European DUEL Network studying Gravitational Lensing. The DUEL network
is a Marie Curie European Community Research Training Network, composed of
researchers in Gravitational Lensing at Astronomy Institutes in Edinburgh
Paris (IAP), Naples (OAC), Heidelberg (ITA), Bonn (AIfA), Munich (USM) and British
Columbia in Canada. The
Network started in January 2007 and will run for 4 years. Its aims are to
exploit large-scale imaging and multi-wavelength galaxy surveys such as the
CFHTLS, Pan-STARRS and the VST-KIDS, and prepare for future gravitational
lensing surveys such as DUNE. More details can be found here.
research interest is Theoretical and Observational Cosmology, in particular
studying Dark Matter and Dark Energy with Gravitational Lensing, the nature of
the Dark Energy, the analysis of Large-Scale Structure in Galaxy Redshift
Surveys, the temperature and polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background,
and the Early Universe and Cosmological Inflation.
Probing Dark Matter & Dark Energy with Gravitational Lensing
Lensing is the distortion of distant images by foreground matter bending
spacetime. This causes the distortion of galaxy images around massive galaxy
can use to make an image of the 3-dimensional distribution of the Dark Matter
in the universe like this image from the COMBO-17 survey:
The Cosmic Microwave Background Temperature and Polarization
Cosmic Microwave Background is the relic radiation from the hot phase of the
Early Universe. The small variations in this radiation are now being mapped in
great detail by the WMAP survey:
In addition the Cosmic Microwave Background is
polarized. This polarized light contains important information about the very Early
Universe, including the signature of Cosmological Inflation. The QUaD survey aims to study this in detail in the next few
There is more to come…..
Cosmological Structure Formation…
… and Galaxy Clustering
The Early Universe, Cosmological Inflation and Branes
Webpage last updated
by Andy Taylor 20th Aug 2007.