Studying star formation in nearby molecular clouds (astronomy)
The Herschel Space Observatory operated between May 2009 and April 2013, observing in the far infrared and submillimetre part of the spectrum. One of its three instruments, SPIRE, was led by the Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy.
With the PACS and SPIRE multi-band cameras, Herschel surveyed large areas of the galaxy including local star-forming molecular clouds, providing a new view of star formation in the galaxy via high-quality observations in the part of the spectrum in which they predominantly radiate. Stars form in dense cores of gas and dust in molecular clouds. With Herschel data, star-forming cores in nearby clouds can be spatially resolved with multiwavelength observations, allowing their detailed internal structure to be determined.
Building on techniques developed in Cardiff and with our international collaborators, the PhD project will involve analysis of Herschel and other observations to investigate the properties and the evolution of pre-stellar and star-forming cores, examining the evolutionary sequence and the links between star formation and the properties of the molecular clouds in which it occurs.
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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