Astrophysics & Cosmology Masterclass

Astrophysics & Cosmology Masterclass, MU Dept. of Theoretical Physics 

What are black holes? How did they form? How did our Universe begin and how will it end?  

A Masterclass for 5th & 6th-year science students 

10am – 11.45am 12 November 2021 (online) 

Join Dr. John Regan and Prof. Peter Coles from Maynooth University to learn about some of the most fascinating objects in our Universe and about the origin of our Universe. 

This Masterclass in Cosmology & Black Holes is specifically designed to cater for second-level students in the Leaving Cert Cycle. The 2-hour presentation will cover some of the leading ideas in astrophysics research today while also introducing students to the fundamental research being conducted at Maynooth University today. Students will learn about the degree course in Theoretical Physics at Maynooth, the topics which are covered in the course and what students can do with a degree in Theoretical Physics. 

The Speakers: 

Prof. Peter Coles is Professor of Theoretical Physics and Head of the Department of Theoretical Physics at Maynooth University. He is a cosmologist and an acknowledged authority on dark matter, dark energy and the large-scale structure of the Universe. His research concerns the evolution of galaxies and galaxy clusters from their origins in the very early Universe to the present day. 

Dr. John Regan is a Royal Society – SFI University Research Fellow at Maynooth University. He is a world expert in black hole formation and evolution. His research centres on understanding how black holes form and grow and how we may be able to observe the first black holes in the Universe through Gravitational Waves.

Theoretical Physics @ MU: 

Theoretical Physics is the study of the world around us. It incorporates everything from the sub-atomic through the study of quantum mechanics and solid-state physics to the world of cosmology incorporating general relativity. A strong background in Mathematics underpins Theoretical Physics with many physical theories based on solid mathematical principles. Allied to this is the complementary use of numerical methods and there are a number of modules within the Theoretical Physics degree aimed at increasing students’ computational proficiency. 

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