The astrophysics group study the formation of stars and planets, the evolution of single and binary stars, exploiting high-time resolution instrumentation. It also investigates the most energetic events in the Universe, including supernovae, active galaxies, and their impact on galaxy evolution.
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In the news
Revolutionary HiPERCAM captures movies of space
Professor Vik Dhillon is the lead scientist behind HiPERCAM, which can take more than 1,000 images per second to revolutionise scientists' understanding of stars and black holes. It's recently been used to identify a rare ‘black widow’ binary star, with the shortest orbit ever identified.
Expanding the habitable zone in binary systems
A model developed by Dr Richard Parker has shown how the habitable zone changes around binary systems. He and student Bethany Wootton discovered that an encounter with a passing third star may squeeze the binary pair together, expanding the habitable zone in the process.
Star system could create cosmic firework display
A spectacular star system known as Apep, wrapped in an elegant spiral dust cloud, has been discovered by astronomers including Professor Paul Crowther. The system is believed to contain a star that is spinning extremely fast and could produce one of the most powerful explosions in the Universe.
Sheffield astrophysicists on Deep Sky Videos
M79 - Its special bright star
Professors Paul Crowther and Vik Dhillon have appeared in a number of films for the astrophysics YouTube channel Deep Sky Videos. We've collected their appearances in this playlist.Watch more DeepSkyVideos