Cool Science: Travelling Back Through Time

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

With Drs Julie Wardlow and Joseph Smidt from his research group, Professor Asantha Cooray describes
the areas of study by which they are seeking to expand knowledge of far distant galaxies and star formation

The Cooray Group at the University of California Irvine campus studies the signatures of ancient galaxies detected with near-infrared light and measures clustering in star-forming galaxies detected with far-infrared light: “We would like to understand how galaxies fi rst formed and what kind and amount of stars were present in those galaxies,” states Asantha Cooray, Professor of Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California and head and mentor of the Group.


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SINCE THE FIRST infrared space telescopes were sent into orbit in the 1980s, infrared technology in astronomy has transformed knowledge of the Universe.