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Professor Richard G McMahon

Professor Richard G McMahon

Institute of Astronomy

Richard McMahon is accepting applications for PhD students.

Institute of Astronomy (H49)
Madingley Road
Cambridge
CB3 0HA

Cambridge CB3 0HA
Office Phone: (01223) 337519

Research Interests

The main focus of my research is the discovery and study of luminous high redshift quasars and galaxies; galaxy formation and evolution in the Epoch of Reionization; This work focuses on the discovery of high redshift galaxies and quasars powered by the accretion of matter onto supermassive black holes. My research covers  the determination of space densities, star formation rates and how and when galaxies and quasars form. In the past I have worked on the experimental determination of the rate of gravitational deceleration of the Universe. This work resulted in the unexpected discovery that the rate of expansion of the Universe was accelerating. One of our team, Saul Perlmutter was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for this discovery in 2011.

I am currently involved in a number of survey projects:

  • Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS)
  • VISTA Hemisphere Survey
  • Dark Energy Survey (DES)
  • 4MOST
  • EUCLID

Key Publications

Google Scholar page

KICC Annual Report 2018

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Roberto Maiolino appointed Honorary Professor of University College London

Dec 02, 2019

Roberto Maiolino, Director of the Kavli Institute, has been appointed Honorary Professor of University College London in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Gas content and quenching of local galaxies

Nov 21, 2019

During galactic transition towards quiescence 'it is not only the gas reservoir of a galaxy which decreases but also the efficiency with which the gas is turned into stars' - suggests a new study led by KICC researchers.

Detecting galaxy halo heating from accreting black holes

Oct 25, 2019

Scientists at the Kavli Institute have identified hot gas around the most luminous quasar at an epoch when the universe was less than 4 billion years old.

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