Research in observational
Astronomy, some research in theoretical
astrophysics. Principal topics include
extragalactic astronomy (galaxy evolution,
properties of the galaxy distribution, distance
scales through SNe),
Galactic astronomy (extrasolar planets, galactic
structure), stellar astrophysics
(neutron stars). All
astronomers at the Department make
intensive use of the astronomical facilities
available in Chile.
The Department has access to 10%
observing time available to the Chilean
institutions, from all the astronomical
observatories in the northern Chile.
The department has the top end
Linux and Unix computers to process
and analyse the data. Also the
Department has a 40cm telescope for
'Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little; it is only its mathematical properties that we can discover.'