Ritter Astrophysical Research Center

Research

Astronomy and Astrophysics research at The University of Toledo is broadly focused on origins: the origins of the elements and organic molecules, of planets, stars, and star clusters, and of galaxies themselves. We investigate the gas and dust which fuel galaxies, as well as the stars and stellar systems that form from that raw material. We study the most massive stars, their formation, short lives, and spectacular deaths. We work to uncover how galaxies formed and changed over time, and how the supermassive black holes in their centers grew along with them. We are major users of cutting-edge space and ground-based telescopes, including Hubble, Chandra, Spitzer, Herschel, SOFIA, ALMA, Gemini, IRTF, LDT and many more, as well as state of the art computational facilities such as the NASA Pleiades Supercomputer, the Ohio Supercomputer Center and our own parallel computing resources.

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Last Updated: 2/3/21