Dr. Gregory Sloan / Professor Robin Garrod
Theoretical Astrophysics, Interstellar Chemistry
Modelling Chemical Evolution of Interstellar Material
My research involves modelling dense
interstellar clouds of dust, atomic and molecular species. I work on
matching observations of cold, dark clouds and young, small star formation
areas called pre-stellar cores. The model uses a system of modified rate
equations to evolve a set of initial, mostly atomic conditions to a time in
which complex molecules have formed, mostly through dust grain surface
reactions. This research is used in the broader scheme to explain molecular
formation at low temperatures, which can help to probe the physical and
chemical conditions during star formation, as well as help to estimate the
chemical content of forming solar systems like our own.
Outside of research, I am a teaching assistant for the Astro 1101/1102 courses, and I participate in multiple outreach activities in the community, related to astronomy. I am the Vice President of the Astronomy Grads Network (AGN), and the astronomy field representative in the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer, fishing, and bowling.
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