Astronomy & Astrophysics


Our astronomical research focuses on the numerical simulation of binary star mergers, supernova explosions, and nucleosynthesis. Stars are the building blocks of the galaxy. These luminous balls of light helped explorers navigate the seas and now help modern-day scientists understand the Universe. When a dying star explodes, it ejects its mass and heavy elements into the surrounding space. Everything on Earth, including life, is composed of the chemical elements produced in stars and supernova explosions, which is what makes astrophysics research important. 

We perform theoretical and observational research using Big Data methodologies to understand:  

  • how stars explode as supernovae 
  • the origin of the elements 
  • gravitational wave sources in the Galaxy 
  • interacting binary star systems (binary star evolution) 

Competitive Advantage

  • Numerical simulations on the fastest supercomputer (Gadi) in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Observations with the world’s most productive ground-based Observatory (ESO)
  • Unique group expertise on the binary star progenitors, explosion mechanisms, nucleosynthesis, and remnants of Type Ia supernovae
  • Publications in leading journals, including Nature, Science, Physical Review Letters, Nature Astronomy, and Astrophysical Journal Letters.
  • Home to two ARC Future Fellows
  • Invited to write a review (2020) for Astronomy and Astrophysics Reviews (impact factor 11.6) on Models of Type Ia Supernova Progenitors
  • Participation in several invited talks and reviews at international and national conferences.
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Study With Us

Students wishing to pursue studies in Astronomy and Astrophysics can choose from the following degree programs:

ZPEM2509 - Astrophysics is also taught in 2nd year as part of the undergraduate physics curriculum (4410 - Bachelor of Science).