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Richard Alexander

Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Leicester
United Kingdom


Originally from Fife, Scotland, I studied for my MPhys (Astrophysics) degree at the University of Edinburgh, before moving to the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge for my PhD.

Research Interest

My research looks at how planets form in discs around young stars like our Sun, how stars form, and how super-massive black holes grow. Most of my work involves building theoretical and numerical models of these systems, in order to try and understand how they behave and evolve. Consequently I'm a frequent user of various supercomputers, notably the ALICE and DiRAC machines here in Leicester.


  • A limit on eccentricity growth from global 3-D simulations of disc-planet interactions, A.C.Dunhill, R.D.Alexander & P.J.Armitage, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol 428, p3072-3082 (2013).

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