Junior Research Fellow, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Durham University
Dr. Alex Richings’ research used numerical simulations to explore how galaxies form and evolve. He was particularly interested in the role that the chemistry of interstellar gas plays in galaxy formation. The chemical abundances of ions and molecules determine how quickly the interstellar gas can cool. By modeling chemical processes in galaxy simulations, we can also make predictions for observable emission and absorption lines from particular ions and molecules, which helps us to compare our models to observations, and enables us to probe the physical processes behind these observations.
Dr. Richings was the CIERA Postdoc from 2016 – 2018.
Following his time at CIERA, he became a Junior Research Fellow, Durham University, UK.