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Stephen Hamer

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  • 3 WEST 3.17A

20102020

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I study the processing of gas within galaxy clusters, some of the largest gravitationally bound strucutres in the Universe.  These structures are permiated with hot and rapidly cooling gas and represent interesting and unique labratories in which to study galaxy evolution processes.

I use multi-wavelength observations taken by a multitude of different telescopes to study how the hot gas cools, condenses onto the central galaxy and its supermassive black hole, drives star formation and outbursts from AGN which ultimately disrupt the the gas, slowing its cooling in a perpetual feedback cycle. 

To study this wide array of processes I use spectroscopic observations to constrain the kinematics of the gas to understand how it is moving.  By studying the energetics and physical properties of the gas I investigate the processes responcible for illuminating it and moving it about within the cluster.  Finally by looking at chemical tracers within the gas I can constrain where it has origonated and how it has been processed by the system.

Combining all of this together accross multiple gas phases is nessasery to develope a full understanding of the physical processes governing galaxy evolution within the cluster core.  Lessons learned within these environments can then be applied to the larger galaxy population to help us understand why our Universe is the way it is.

Education/Academic qualification

Astrophysics, Doctor of Philosophy, Durham University

1 Oct 200830 Sep 2012

Award Date: 18 Oct 2012

Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics, Master of Physics

1 Oct 200430 Jun 2008

Award Date: 16 Jul 2008

External positions

Research Associate at the Institute for Astronomy, University of Cambridge

1 Oct 201730 Sep 2018

Research Associate, CRAL - Observatoire de Lyon

5 Oct 201530 Sep 2017

Research Associate, Observatoire de Paris

8 Nov 201230 Sep 2015

Keywords

  • QB Astronomy

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