The Astronomy Department of the Physics Institute (AD/Physics-UFRGS) is composed of brazilian astronomers that have lead several important discoveries in the last years and produced papers that are among the most cited in the national and international science community. Over half of the permanent faculty of the Department are CNPq productiviy fellows and many of these are members of Academy of Sciences in Brazil and abroad.
The researches of the department have access to various telescopes and instruments, in a range of wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum. Moreover, several of our researches are involved in important surveys focused on answering key open questions of modern Astrophysics.
Several important prizes, both national and international have been awarded to AD/IF-UFRGS researchers. In 2015, the L’oreal Unesco Prize for women in science was awarded to Professor Thaisa Storchi Bergmann. The scientific results of the department have had a lot of impact on the national and international media.
The Physics Institute at UFRGS offers a Graduate programme (Masters and PhD degrees) that has been obtaining the highest CAPES grade ever since its creation.
Our researchers are involved in the following large collaboration, large surveys:
- APO Galaxy Evolution Experiment (APOGEE)
- Dark Energy Survey (DES)
- Javalambre Physics of the Accelerating Universe Astrophysical Survey (JPAS)
- Javalambre Photometric Local Universe Survey (JPLUS)
- Mapping Nearby Galaxies at APO (MaNGA)
- Southern Photometric Local Universe Survey (S-PLUS)
Our researchers frequently use the following facilities:
- European Southern Observatory (ESO)
- Laboratório Nacional de Astrofísica (LNA)
- The SOAR telescope
- Gemini Telescopes
- Space Telescope Science Institute (STSCI)
The main research areas of interest of the members of the astronomy department are outlined below.
1 – Stellar Astronomy:
- Galactic Stellar Clusters
- Compact Objects White Dwarfs
- Chemical Abundances and nucleosynthesis
- Theoretical Models of Stellar Evolution
2 – Stellar Populations and Galactic Astrophysics:
- Characterisation of the Milky Way’s components: Halo, Bulge and Disc
- Chemical Evolution
3 – Extragalactic Astrophysics:
- Globular Clusters
- Supermassive Black Holes
- Galaxy Formation and Evolution
- Galaxy Clusters
4 – Astronomy Teaching and Education:
- Alternative Astronomy Concepts
- Physics applied to Astronomy
- History and Philosophy applied to Astronomy
- Interdisciplinary and Gender Questions in Astronomy
- Didactical Material and didactical transposition in Astronomy
- Astronomy in basic education
- Analysis of Didactical books