We are happy to receive applications from postgraduates who are interested in undertaking research at the PhD level in the Cosmology and Gravitation Group in the Astronomy Unit at Queen Mary. There are many possible PhD projects, and although this list is by no means exhaustive, it provides an insight into the type of project which could be undertaken (click through for full description):
- The group is interested in a number of cosmological aspects of Einstein's equations, for example the non linear evolution and collapse of density inhomogeneities and the global geometry and topology of the Universe. It is expert in exact solutions, and their analysis by invariant methods, having, for instance, recently succeeded in completely classififying spherically symmetric self similar cosmological ...
- Our dark matter activities incorporate both theoretical and observational aspects over a wide range of scales. In particular on cosmic scales, we develop and study models of dark energy and quintessence. Key elements of a PhD project might typically be: observational consequences of various dark matter candidates baryonic dark matter (MACHOs) and microlensing. Members particularly interested ...
- We are actively involved in developing models of the early universe, in particular the inflationary scenario, analyzing how this leads to the formation of large scale structure, microwave background anisotropies and polarisation, and a background of gravitational waves. Key elements of a PhD project might typically be: study of various models of the early universe and the analysis of their observational ...
- We are involved in experiments on gravitation and their data analysis; gravitational waves; theories of gravity and tests; relativistic astrophysics; black holes; the initial value problem in general relativity; and the study of global aspects of the gravitational field. In all cases we aim to set these studies in a cosmological or astrophysical context. In this research area a typical PhD project ...
- Linear or first order perturbation theory is a cornerstone of modern cosmology and is an active area of research worldwide. However, the theory must be extended beyond the linear regime in order to gain maximum benefit from current and future observations. Key elements of a PhD project might typically be: the study and development of cosmological perturbation theory, in particular beyond linear ...
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