Centre for Astrophysics Research (CAR)
CAR carries out research on a broad range of key science questions in astronomy.
Our research programmes mainly feature observational astronomy, and span the electromagnetic spectrum from X-rays to radio wavelengths. We study many sizescales, ranging from the properties of dust grains, up through stars and exoplanets through to entire galaxies and clusters of galaxies in the near- and high-redshift Universe. Survey astronomy is a particular strength. Our computing facilities also permit extensive in-house computer modelling and simulation, and we have a track record of instrument development for astronomical polarimetry.
Our research performed well in RAE 2008, with the majority of our researchers rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
A number of projects are jointly supported by CAR and the Centre for Atmospheric and Instrumentation Research (CAIR), based on their shared strengths in light scattering and instrumentation.
We carry out research in galaxy and structure formation over all cosmic epochs....Read more about extragalactic astronomy
We study the formation and evolution of stars and sub-stellar objects....Read more about galactic astronomy
UH is a leader in survey astronomy, particularly at optical, near-infrared and submillimetre wavelengths....Read more about surveys
CAR is actively involved in new observatory instruments and facilities....Read more about car facilities
UH astronomers benefit from excellent local computing facilities....Read more about computing