The Astronomy group is part of Southampton Physics & Astronomy at the University of Southampton, which is currently ranked as a world top-30 Physics department. We are part of the larger Faculty of Physical and Applied Sciences, which brings together fundamental research with one of the UK's largest and strongest computer science departments. We are also part of the new STAG (Southampton Theory, Astronomy and Gravity) institute, which combines researchers across Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics, and SEPNET, a consortium of six partner universities in the South East Region of England for advancing and protecting Physics.
Research at Southampton Astronomy covers a broad range of astrophysical phenomena. We are interested in accretion onto, and emission from, compact objects of all sizes, galactic and extragalactic, and to understand how these compact objects interact with their environments. We also have world leading groups in high energy γ-ray and X-ray astrophysics, supernovae and dark energy, and transients from the γ-ray through the optical to the radio.
Southampton is a key player in the next-generation of radio telescopes, with lead researchers for approved key science projects with the LOFAR, MeerKAT, AMI and eMERLIN facilities. We are currently the UK lead for the INTEGRAL space mission, members of the LOFT, SALT, CTA and CTA-UK consortia, and actively participate in the Palomar Transient Factory and PESSTO optical transient surveys. The group is supported by research funding from the UK STFC and NERC research councils, as well as Royal Society, European Research Council, ESO and Marie Curie research grants. The group has fifteen permanent academic staff (plus six visitors and emeritus professors), eleven postdoctoral fellows and twenty-three PhD students, as well as a dedicated outreach fellow.