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Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge



Galaxy evolution

  • physical processes ceasing star formation
  • the influence of AGN on star formation across cosmic time
  • gas content of local galaxies

Numerical methods

  • development of spectral methods
  • application of spectral methods to discontinuous problems:
    • improvement and application of edge detection techniques
    • treatment of dynamically developing discontinuities



Key publications: 
  • On the quenching of star formation in observed and simulated central galaxies: Evidence for the role of integrated AGN feedback J. M. Piotrowska, A. F. L. Bluck, R. Maiolino and Y. Peng (2022), accepted for publication in MNRAS
  • Towards a deeper understanding of the physics driving galaxy quenching, J. M. Piotrowska, A. F. L. Bluck, R. Maiolino, A. Concas and Y. Peng (2020), MNRAS, 492, pp. L6-L11 (arXiv:1911.06693)
  • Spectral Methods in the Presence of Discontinuities, J.Piotrowska, J. M. Miller and E. Schnetter (2019), JCOMP, 390, pp. 527-547 (arXiv:1712.09952)

Other publications: 
  • The Application of Ridgelines in Extended Radio Source Cross-Identification, B. Barkus, J. Croston, J. M. Piotrowska, B. Mingo, P. N. Best, M. J. Hardcastle, R. I. J. Mostert, H. J. A. Röttgering, J. Sabater, B. Webster, W. L. Williams (2022), MNRAS, 509, pp. 1-15 (arXiv:2110.05254)

  • How do central and satellite galaxies quench? – Insights from spatially resolved spectroscopy in the MaNGA survey, A.F.L. Bluck, R. Maiolino, J. M. Piotrowska, J. Trussler, S. L. Ellison, S. F. Sánchez, M. D. Thorp, H. Teimoorinia, J. Moreno, C. Conselice (2020), MNRAS, 499, pp. 230-268 ( arXiv:2009.05341)

  • Are galactic star formation and quenching governed by local, global or environmental phenomena? A. F. L. Bluck, R. Maiolino, S. F. Sánchez, S. L. Ellison, M. D. Thorp, J. M. Piotrowska, H. Teimoorinia, K. A. Bundy (2020) MNRAS, 492, pp. 96-139 (arXiv:1911.08857)

  • The imprints of AGN feedback within a supermassive black hole's sphere of influence, H.R. Russell, A.C. Fabian, B.R. McNamara, J.M. Miller, P.E.J. Nulsen, J.M. Piotrowska, C.S. Reynolds (2018), MNRAS, 477, pp. 3583–3599 (arXiv:1803.09769)

Teaching and Supervisions


Course Supervision:

Michaelmas 2018: Part II Relativity (3rd year Physics/Astrophysics course)

Lent 2018: Part II Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics (3rd year Physics/Astrophysics course)

Other Professional Activities

Astronomy outreach:

  • Astronomy on Tap Cambridge: organising Cambridge AoT events, including online meetings during the pandemic
  • Speaker at the IoA Public Open Evenings, including online events
  • Speaker at the Grudziądz Planetarium Outrach Talk series (in Polish) - online talks 


Physics outreach:

 Joanna  Piotrowska

Contact Details

Email address: 
Room K35
Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge
Institute of Astronomy
University of Cambridge
Madingley Road Cambridge CB3 0HA
United Kingdom
01223 (3)37526


Collaborator profiles: 
Person keywords: 
Galaxy formation and evolution
Numerical methods

KICC Annual Report 2020

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