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Halo stars: Modelling how stellar halos form and enrich the Universe

Project: 
In this project, we will use a state-of-the-art computational model, called L-Galaxies, to study how halo star populations form. Halo stars are a mysterious population which live out in the dark matter halos surrounding galaxies. Because they are so faint and widely spread across the sky, such stellar halos are famously difficult to observe. However, it’s predicted that they could constitute up to 20% of the total stellar mass in galaxy clusters, and be responsible for producing around a quarter of the iron found in the intracluster medium (ICM). Halo stars are therefore a very important population to study.
Node This Project Is Offered On: 
(UCT)

Supervisor

Rob
Yates

Co-Supervisor

Daniel
Cunnama
Requirements for students to address: 
(1) Basic programming skills e.g. in python and C. (2) Opportunity for the student to visit the primary supervisor in Munich, Germany.
Research Area: 
Astrophysics


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