Astronomy & Astrophysics

Image of NGC 7331

NGC 7331, one of the nearby galaxies studied by the extragalactic astrophysics group to understand the spectral energy distributions of all galaxies.

Monash astrophysicists use observations and computational modelling to understand the universe and the celestial objects within it. Their research spans much of astrophysics, including: star formation from the first stars to the present, stellar evolution, nucleosynthesis and Galactic chemical evolution, the sun and solar systems, galaxies, white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes, neutrinos and gravity waves, supernovae and gamma-ray bursts.

Many research projects are conducted using major computational and observational facilities located around the globe. Working with these research supervisors, Monash students have gained new insights into the nature of celestial objects and have published their research in major scientific journals.


Photo of Csaba Balazs Professor Csaba Balazs
  • Particle astrophysics
  • Dark matter properties
  • Charged cosmic rays
  • (Extra-)Galactic gamma rays
  • Cosmic matter-antimatter asymmetry
  • Particle cosmology
  • Inflation models
  • Dark energy model
Photo of Michael Brown Associate Professor Michael Brown
  • Galaxy evolution
  • Active galactic nuclei
  • Star formation within galaxies
  • Wide-field astronomical surveys
  • Galaxies and dark matter
  • Large-scale structure
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        Campbell Dr Simon Campbell
  • Observational and computational stellar astrophysics;
  • Evolution and nucleosynthesis of low-mass stars;
  • Multidimensional fluid dynamics;
  • Chemical abundance problems in globular clusters
  • High-resolution stellar spectroscopy
  • Asteroseismology
Photo of Andrew CaseyDr Andrew Casey
  • Chemical tagging the Milky Way;
  • The relationship between planets and their host stars;
  • Extremely metal-poor stars and the high redshift universe;
  • Machine learning applications to big data problems
Photo of Duncan Galloway Associate Professor Duncan Galloway
  • Structure and properties of neutron stars
  • Thermonuclear X-ray bursts and pulsations in neutron-star binaries
  • Searches for gravitational waves
  • Astrophysical transients with next-generation wide-field telescopes
Photo of Alexander Heger Professor Alexander Heger
  • Cosmic explosions
  • Massive and supermassive stars
  • First generations of stars
  • Transport processes in stars
  • Neutron stars and black holes
  • Origin of elements
  • Nucleosynthesis and Galactic chemical evolution
  • Supernovae, gamma-ray bursts and X-ray bursts
Photo of Amanda Karakas Associate Professor Amanda Karakas
  • The evolution and nucleosynthesis of AGB stars
  • The effect of reaction rate uncertainties on stellar nucleosynthesis
  • Abundances in planetary nebulae and globular clusters
  • The AGB contribution to the chemical evolution of galaxies & globular clusters
  • Pre-solar grains extracted from meteorites
  • Barium stars and related chemically-peculiar stellar systems
  • Circumbinary disks around evolved stars and wind accretion
Photo of John Lattanzio Professor John Lattanzio
  • Evolution and structure of stars
  • Nuclear astrophysics
  • Mixing in stars
  • Chemical evolution of the Galaxy
  • Observing stellar abundances
  • Numerical hydrodynamics with supercomputers
Photo of Paul Lasky Dr Paul Lasky
  • Gravitational Waves (LIGO and Pulsar Timing)
  • Neutron Stars
  • Gamma ray bursts
  • General Relativity and Strong-field gravity
Photo of Dr Jasmina Lazendic-GallowayDr Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway
  • Supernova remnants
  • Molecular clouds and astrochemistry
  • Planetary habitability
  • Astronomy and physics education, active learning approaches, work integrated learning and employability
Photo of Rosemary Mardling Dr Rosemary Mardling
  • Extrasolar planets - observations and theory
  • Stability and long-term evolution of stellar and planetary systems
  • Tides in planets and stars
  • Planet formation
  • The three-body problem
  • Chaos in conservative systems
Photo of Dr Bernhard MuellerDr Bernhard Mueller
  • Computational astrophysics
  • Core-collapse supernovae
  • Massive stars
  • Neutrino and gravitational wave astronomy
  • Nucleosynthesis
  • Physics of dense matter
  • Radiation transport
Photo of Daniel PriceAssociate Professor Daniel Price
  • Computational astrophysics
  • Star and planet formation
  • Accretion discs
  • Magnetic fields
  • Turbulence
  • Dust and the smoothed particle hydrodynamics method
Photo of Eric Thrane Dr Eric Thrane
  • Gravitational waves (aLIGO)
  • Neutrino astrophysics
  • Cosmology