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A Search for the First Stars in the Universe

A Search for the First Stars in the Universe

We are attempting to test cosmological theories about the formation and evolution of the Milky Way and other galaxies by conducting a large-scale search to identify and investigate the properties of stars which formed within the first billion years after the Big Bang. The project uses optical telescopes in Tasmania, mainland Australia, and South America to search for these elusive clues to our ultimate origins. The search will identify the oldest surviving stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud and other small galaxies by identifying patterns in their chemical composition that indicate the environments in which they formed. The results will be of critical importance to the next generation of galaxy evolution studies. The PhD candidate will develop and test new techniques to efficiently carry out this census, and build analytical skills applicable to a wide range of academic and industrial careers.

More Information: http://www.phys.utas.edu.au/physics/index.html
Contact: Dr Andrew Cole
andrew.cole@utas.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 6226 2438