Modelling the build-up of heavy elements and dust in Herschel galaxies (astronomy)
Recently, it has become possible to investigate the origin of dust and metals in thousands of galaxies using far infrared data from the Herschel ATLAS, covering 550 square degrees of the sky. These galaxies are difficult to explain using standard dust models, one possibility could be contributions from a non-stellar source of dust, this would imply that less than 10% of dust in galaxies would be provided by stars. This project will require a student to build on an existing model and to use this to investigate the rapid evolution in the dust mass seen in recent cosmic history. Ultimately, we will have hundreds of thousands of galaxies in the Herschel ATLAS fields with a wide range of stellar masses and star formation histories.
This project is available to students applying for funded PhD studentships and may be altered or amended.
Studentships will be awarded to successful applicants from all applications received. Applicants must satisfy RCUK residency rules for the full studentship.
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