Astronomy and astrophysics today is in the midst of a worldwide
of discovery that will continue far into the new century. How did the
structures called galaxies actually form in the early Universe? How
gaseous clouds within a galaxy condense into stars, and how does a galaxy
evolve over time? How do planetary systems form, and will we ever find
Earthlike planets around nearby stars? Benefitting from remarkable
advances in telescope technology, instrument design, computing techniques,
and software for data analysis, modern astrophysics combines many branches
of physics, mathematics, and computing to explore the universe beyond
The Astrophysics Group at McMaster provides a wide range of expertise
and a vital research environment for staff, graduate students,
postdoctoral fellows, and visiting colleagues. All of its faculty members
are national and world leaders in their subdisciplines, and have wide
connections with other groups and international organizations in astronomy.
Our observational astronomers use telescopes all over the world
including the Gemini twin 8-meter giant optical telescopes in Chile
the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope and James Clerk Maxwell Telescope
on Mauna Kea, Hawaii;
the telescopes in the SMARTS2 Consortium in Chile; and the
Hubble Space Telescope and other new satellite observatories.
Our graduate students learn to use these facilities
in close contact with their supervisors, and to analyze the frontier
data from them.
Astrophysics theory students at McMaster can expect to use and develop
the most advanced computer modelling of astrophysical processes such
as galaxy formation
in the early universe, star formation, protoplanetary disks, and to
the underlying physical processes by simulating these situations. We
advantage of close links with the local SHARCnet high-speed computing
in which we are central members. All of our graduate students enjoy
to modern computing hardware and high-level systems support that is
Our outlook to research encourages both wide and deep thinking.
We do research with the view that most important modern astrophysical
a simultaneous attack from both the observational and theoretical fronts.
a friendly, supportive working atmosphere which is strongly designed
day-to-day collaboration amongst all the group members.
McMaster offers outstanding opportunities for graduate studies
in forefront astrophysics. Get in touch with any of our faculty (see
visit and talk science with us, and explore the possibilities for working
and studying here.
For more information please contact any member of our group.