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Professor Richard G McMahon

Professor Richard G McMahon

Richard McMahon is accepting applications for PhD students.

Richard McMahon is available for consultancy.

Room K22,
Kavli Institute for Cosmology,
Madingley Road

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

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Scientists identify exoplanets where life could develop as it did on Earth

Aug 03, 2018

Scientists have identified a group of planets outside our solar system where the same chemical conditions that may have led to life on Earth exist.

From an almost perfect Universe to the best of both worlds

Jul 31, 2018

The Planck consortium has made their final data release, including new processing of the cosmic microwave background temperature and polarisation data. This legacy dataset confirms the model of an 'almost perfect Universe', with some remaining oddities giving researchers some intriguing details to puzzle over

Knighthood for Roberto Maiolino

Jun 12, 2018

The President of the Italian Republic has knighted Professor Roberto Maiolino, Director of the Kavli Institute, in the Order of the Star of Italy.

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