I will have a fully funded PhD position available to start in October 2014. Here are some of the details..
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could generate a virtual Universe inside a computer? The EAGLE (Evolution and Assembly of Galaxies and theirLarge-scale Environments) project aims to do it exactly that. Over the past 2 years, we have been developing a simulation project that aims to accurately reproduce the properties of observed galaxies in a large-volume hydrodynamic simulation. The model includes all the relevant astro-physical processes, including: metal dependent cooling, star formation based on the observed Kenicutt-Schmidt relation, black hole accretion, stochastic thermal feedback from supernovae and black holes, and metal enrichment by type II and Ia supernovae and AGB stars.
Bringing these advances together in a single code has allowed us to make a major step forward in the realism of our Virtual Universe. The simulation results very accurately reproduce the observed properties of galaxies, including the stellar mass function, galaxy sizes and specific star formation rates. Notable successes of the simulation include: