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Dr Debora Sijacki

Dr Debora Sijacki

Office Phone: (01223) 766642

Biography:

  • 2016 -           Reader in Astrophysics and Cosmology, IoA, University of Cambridge
  • 2013 - 2016  University Lecturer, IoA, University of Cambridge
  • 2010 - 2012  Hubble Fellow, Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University
  • 2007 - 2010  STFC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, IoA, University of Cambridge

Research Interests

I am interested in the formation and evolution of cosmic structures from small mass galaxies at high redshifts to the most massive galaxy clusters of the present-day Universe. Structure formation is one of the most fascinating fields of astrophysics. Due to the non-linearity and large variety of physical phenomena occurring on a vast range of scales, it is very challenging to model theoretically, and the full complexity of these processes still needs to be unraveled. My primary research focus is on developing novel numerical models which can follow self-consistently the formation and growth of cosmic structures, including all of the three major constituents: dark energy, dark matter and baryons. In particular, I focus on hydrodynamical modelling of important astrophysical phenomena, such as active galactic nuclei, to understand how they influence the formation, growth and morphologies of the galaxies we observe today.

KICC Annual Report 2019

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The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020

Oct 06, 2020

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 has been awarded to Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel, and Andrea Ghez, for their discoveries about one of the most exotic phenomena in the universe: the black hole.

First joint measurement of exoplanet’s mass and brightness challenges classical model of planet formation

Oct 02, 2020

A team of astronomers led by led by KICC researcher Mathias Nowak have used the ESO instrument GRAVITY to take the first image of an exoplanet that had previously only been detected indirectly via the spectrum of its star.

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