Department of Physics

Astrophysics

Image of galaxy NGC4051

Astrophysics applies physics to astronomical phenomena ranging from our own solar system to the nature and origin of the universe, with stars, galaxies and exotic classes of object in between.

Astrophysics tests physics in extreme circumstances, and often provides the starting point to the development of new ideas which have wider impact.

What we do

The Bath Astrophysics Group addresses fundamental questions about some of the most violent processes in the Universe, in particular the physics of black hole driven phenomena and their environments.

We exploit advanced ground and space-based technology to collect cosmic signals from distant objects and use this information to study, among other things:

  • the dynamics of galaxies
  • the physics of star formation
  • the role of black holes in galactic evolution
  • accretion (how matter comes together in space)
  • the role of cosmic magnetic fields in harnessing the energy of spinning black holes

Working with colleagues in our department and beyond, we aim to apply and develop new techniques to gain new insight into cosmic processes in the era of big data and real-time discoveries.

The benefits of studying astrophysics

Astrophysics provides a training ground for a scientific approach which combines rigorous analysis, data handling, mathematical modelling and physical interpretation in circumstances where previous experience and common sense often break down and fail.

The skills developed can be beneficial in many careers. Astrophysics students pursue successful careers in other branches of science, technology and in fields such as finance, information technology, telecommunications, medical physics and aerospace engineering.

Academic staff

Astrophysics seminar series

We hold regular seminars with invited speakers. Find out more about our seminar series