Astronomy and Astrophysics Group

Jupiter with passing moonResearch interests

  • We are interested in the formation and evolution of stars and brown dwarfs, individually, within star clusters, and in starbursts using major ground- and space-based observatories plus numerical simulations
  • We are concerned with the properties of active galactic nuclei (AGN) and their influence on their host galaxies, using observations from X-ray to radio wavelengths
  • We investigate a wide-range of astrophysical phenomena (from Kuiper Belt Objects and gamma-ray bursts) at high time resolution using the Sheffield-led ULTRACAM, ULTRASPEC and HiPERCAM instruments plus supernovae using large ground-based telescopes and the Hubble Space Telescope

For more details on our research please visit the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group website:

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Group

Academic staff and research fellows

The Astronomy and Astrophysics group also has 3 PDRAs, and 17 PhD students.


  • Dr Chris Benn - Visiting Senior Lecturer
  • Prof Robert Fosbury - Visiting Professor
  • Prof Pavel Kroupa - Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor

Key publications

Group publications

Key achievements

  • Leading the construction, use and exploitation of ULTRACAM, ULTRASPEC and HiPERCAM, which are all high time resolution instruments.
  • Highly sucessful when applying for time on space and ground-based telescopes (including HST, Spitzer, VLT and Gemini).
  • Undertaking world-leading numerical hydrodynamical and N-body simulations.