Synthetic Milky Way model Ananke/FIRE collaboration

The Dynamics Group explores how collective dynamics driven by gravitational interactions shape structures — planets, stars and galaxies — in the universe. This topic sits at the crossroads between large observed and simulated datasets that describe these structures in the real and model universe.

We anticipate group interests evolving dynamically with our membership. A common theme among current members is mining massive modern stellar surveys such as Gaia, GALAH, APOGEE and SDSS-V to learn about our home galaxy, the Milky Way. These rich datasets are bringing into sharp focus the complex interplay between stars, gas and dark matter in the Milky Way, adding fine detail to the cosmological context of galaxy formation and allowing unique tests of the nature of dark matter.

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