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Expertise of research area
active galaxies; astrochemistry; astronomy; galactic structure; magnetohydrodynamics; mars; molecular astrophysics; physical sciences; physics; physics & astronomy; planet formation; planetary atmospheres; star formation; stellar evolution

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The astrophysics group is home to one of the strongest star formation groups in the UK, comprised of members with extensive experience in the field. The research at Leeds is primarily focused on the fields of star and planet formation.

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<p>Star formation is studied through observational and theoretical approaches; Leeds has experts in the use of numerical simulations and hydrodynamic codes as well as specialists in radio, infrared and millimetre observations. Through work on circumstellar discs the group also places emphasis on planet formation research, while exo-planetary atmospheres are studied using our advance atmospheric codes.</p> <p>The <a href="">Astrophysics group</a> use world-leading telescopes across the spectrum from the radio to X-rays, and state-of-art magnetohydrodynamic models, astrochemical models and planetary atmosphere models running on large computer clusters to study:</p> <ul> <li>Massive star and cluster formation</li> <li>Proto-planetary disks around young stars</li> <li>Planetary atmospheres</li> <li>Chemistry in star- and planet forming environments</li> <li>Massive evolved stars prior to their SN explosions</li> <li>Feedback from stars on local and galactic scales</li> <li>Galactic Structure</li> <li>Active Galactic Nuclei</li> </ul> <p><a href="">Members of our group</a>&nbsp;often collaborate together on these challenges, have strong links with other disciplines at the&nbsp;University of Leeds including&nbsp;Engineering, Earth and&nbsp;Environment, Chemistry and Mathematics and&nbsp;have a large&nbsp;worldwide network of collaborators.</p> <h3>Useful links and further reading:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="">Research degrees in the School of Physics and Astronomy</a></li> <li><a href="">Astrophysics group</a></li> <li><a href="">School of Physics and Astronomy, Research&nbsp;and Innovation</a>&nbsp;&ndash; 90% of research activity&nbsp;is &lsquo;world-leading&rsquo; or &lsquo;internationally excellent, latest Research Excellence Framework</li> </ul> <h3>Leeds Doctoral College</h3> <p>Our <a href="">Doctoral College</a> supports you throughout your postgraduate research journey. It brings together all the support services and opportunities to enhance your research, your development, and your overall experience.</p>

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<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="">University&#39;s website</a>.</p>

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<p>For queries relating to your research proposal or subject area, please contact <a href="">Dr Julian Pittard</a>&nbsp;and <a href="">Professor Rene Oudmaijer</a>.</p> <p>For general enquiries, please contact the Doctoral College: e:&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, t: <a href="tel:+441133435057">+44 (0)113 343 5057</a>.</p>

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