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Research Theme Champion: Dr Philip Lucas (School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics)

Our researchers work in diverse areas of Astrophysics, Atmospheric Physics and Mathematics, including both pure and applied research. We aim to expand human knowledge on scales ranging from microscopic quantum physics to the large scale structure of the universe, taking in planetary systems around other stars along the way.

Our research in atmospheric physics and light scattering also brings practical benefits in areas such as climate modelling, measurements of airborne pollution and bio-particle detection. Our work in astrophysics with very large, multi-dimensional data volumes helps to drive advances in computer science, visual representation and informatics.

This page gives you direct access to some of our key projects and offers links to the Research Centres and Groups, degree courses, PhD opportunities, news and public engagement that come under the Space research theme. You can also read about more Space projects.

Key projects

Discovery of Proxima Centauri b

Discovery of Proxima Centauri b

We have recently discovered a potentially habitable earth-sized planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, as part of a larger programme to discover new worlds...

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Surveying Hydrogen Gas in Nearby Galaxies

Surveying Hydrogen Gas in Nearby Galaxies

We are mapping the hydrogen gas in a large sample of nearby galaxies in the radio waveband. The disc of hydrogen gas extends far beyond the visible structures...

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Remote sensing and multi-scale modelling

Remote sensing and multi-scale modelling

We use ground-based, airborne and space-based measurements to observe the factors controlling air quality and climate change...

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Star formation in the milky way

Star formation in the milky way

We have an active group working on the formation of stars within the Milky Way galaxy, where we can study the processes of star formation in much greater detail...

Read more about star formation in the milky way
Atmospheric remote sensing laboratory

Atmospheric remote sensing laboratory

Limited knowledge in aerosol particle properties causes large uncertainty in assessing how man-made (anthropogenic) and natural particulate pollution influence ...

Read more about atmospheric remote sensing laboratory
CLIMART: Visual arts and climate change

CLIMART: Visual arts and climate change

Communicating the facts of climate change to affect decision-making and behavioural change are two of the most serious challenges of our era...

Read more about climart: visual arts and climate change

Research Centres and Groups

Abstract - A meeting room in the LRCResearch within the Space theme at the University of Hertfordshire takes place across a number of Research Centres, Groups and disciplines:

Doctorates, degrees and courses

A female PhD studentWe offer one of the most diverse range of research degree programmes in the UK. Read more about:

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Any questions?

Contact us at the Research Office if you have any queries or would like to know more about research at the University of Hertfordshire.