The objective of the Doctorate in Astrophysics is to train high-level researchers who in the future make full scientific use of the existing infrastructure for astronomy in Chile. This includes both observational astrophysicists who generate and execute scientific projects that make direct use of telescopes, as well as theorists whose work is the physical-mathematical modeling of the observed phenomena.
A PhD in Astrophysics will be able to independently carry out original, novel and relevant research in the general area of astrophysics. This implies a well-developed critical capacity and independence of judgment and a great capacity to learn on their own. In particular, it will require a strong background of knowledge and understanding of physics and its application to astronomical phenomena. It also includes a broad culture in astrophysics and the most relevant problems of this science today, as well as detailed knowledge of a particular field of it.
The benefits of studying at the Institute of Astrophysics of PUC-Chile:
Application date: From August 1 to August 31, 2023, to start studies in March 2024.
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The research lines of the program cover the vast majority of the current frontier research areas in astrophysics, which are covered by our academic staff from both an observational (experimental) and a theoretical perspective. These lines include:
– Stellar astrophysics: internal structure and evolution of stars, binary stars, variable stars, compact stars, asteroseismology, supernovae, chemical abundances, initial mass function, magnetohydrodynamics, stellar rotation, magnetic fields, astrophysical tests of fundamental physics, star formation.
– Galactic astrophysics: clusters and stellar populations, stellar dynamics, structure and evolution of the Milky Way, the galactic bulge and center, galactic disk and halo, kinematic and spectroscopic mappings, galactic archaeology, the Local Group, dwarf galaxies, field cosmology nearby.
– Extragalactic astrophysics: evolution of galaxies and clusters of galaxies, globular cluster systems, gravitational lensing, galactic nuclei, active galaxies, supermassive black holes, mapping of galaxies from radio to X-rays, galaxies of low surface brightness, distance scales , matter and dark energy.
– Experimental astronomy and instrumentation: optical and infrared spectroscopy, microwave telescopes, CCD detectors, adaptive optics, atmospheric turbulence.
– Astrochemistry: interstellar medium, star-forming regions, chemistry of protoplanetary disks, chemistry of stellar populations in the galactic bulge, disk, and halo.
– Computational Astrophysics and Big Data: cosmological simulations, hydrodynamic and gravitational simulations of N bodies, background radiation maps, processing large volumes of images from survey telescopes, machine learning methods for astronomical applications.
– Cosmology: dark matter and energy, galaxy formation, large-scale structure, cosmological numerical simulations, cosmic microwave background radiation.
– High Energy Astrophysics: astrophysics of cosmic rays, gamma rays, and X-rays, X-ray binaries, supernovae, gamma-ray bursts.
|Semestre||Sigla||Nombre del Curso||Créditos||Total semestre|
|1º||ASP9110||Procesos Físicos en Astrofísica||10||45|
|ASP9304||Fronteras de La Astrofísica A||5|
|ASP9201||Trabajo de Investigación A||20|
|ASP5302||Astrofísica Extragaláctica Avanzada||10|
|CPD0100||Placement English Test o Equivalente||0|
|2º||ASP9305||Frontiers of Astrophysics B||5||45|
|ASP5205||Astrofísica Estelar Avanzada||10|
|ASP9202||Trabajo de Investigación B||20|
|3º||ASP9203||Trabajo de Investigación C||20||50|
|ASP9306||Fronteras de La Astrofísica C||5|
|ASP5205||Astrofísica Estelar Avanzada||10|
|ASP9120||Seminario de Astrofísica||10|
|ASP9204||Versatilidad en la Investigación||5|
|ASP9002||Examen de Calificación||0|
|4º||CPD0002||Ética e Integridad en Investigación||0||50|
|ASP9008||Proyecto de Tesis||50|
|5º||ASP9721||Tesis de Doctorado I||50||50|
|6º||ASP9722||Tesis de Doctorado II||50||50|
|ASP9722||Actividad Anual de Seguimiento I||0|
|7º||ASP9723||Tesis de Doctorado III||50||50|
|8º||ASP9724||Tesis de Doctorado IV||50||50|
|ASP9005||Actividad Anual de Seguimiento II||0|
|ASP9006||Autoría Artículo Científico o Patente||0|
|Total Doctorado En Astrofísica||390|
– Have approved the corresponding study plan.
– Have had a minimum permanence of four semesters in the program.
– Have approved the thesis work, including the defense exam.
– Certify proficiency in the English language at an advanced level (ALTE 3) and with application in academic fields.
– Be the main author in at least one scientific article under review in a mainstream journal or book, or be the main author of a pending patent.
– Have approved at least three transversal skills workshops offered by the College of Doctoral Programs (CPD), one of which must be of an ethical nature.
– Carry out an internship/research stay abroad, with teams that work on topics related to the respective thesis.
– Claudia Aguilera (Ph.D. Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile): Stellar structure and evolution, Stellar characterization and abundances, Lithium in the universe, Planet-star connection
– Barrientos, Felipe (Ph.D. University of Toronto, Canadá): Evolution of Galaxies and Clusters of Galaxies; Gravitational Lensing.
– Bauer, Franz E. (Ph.D. University of Virginia, EE.UU.): Black holes (stellar, intermediate, supermassive); Galaxy + SMBH formation and evolution; X-ray binaries and ULXs; Supernovae and exotic transients; Gravitational Wave/Multi-messenger events.
– Catelan, Márcio (Ph.D. Universidad de Sao Paulo, Brasil): Stellar Evolution; Globular Clusters; Variable Stars.
– Chanamé, Julio (Ph.D. The Ohio State University, EE.UU.): Stellar dynamics: dark matter, black holes, gravitation, galaxies, star clusters; Stellar structure and evolution: theory and observation; Milky Way structure; Galactic stellar populations; Galactic archaeology and the Local Group; Wide Binaries.
– Clocchiatti, Alejandro (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, EE.UU.): Supernovae; Cosmological Distance Relations.
– Dünner, Rolando (Ph.D. Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile): Experimental Astronomy and Instrumentation; Large Scale Structure and Cosmology.
– Galaz, Gaspar (Ph.D. Université Paris VII, Francia): Stellar Content in Galaxies; Low Surface Brightness Galaxies; Statistical Properties of the Galaxy Distribution; Galaxy Evolution; Morphological and Spectral Classification of Distant Galaxies Observational Cosmology.
– Guzmán, Viviana (Ph.D. Université Pierre et Marie Curee, Francia): Astrochemistry; Interstellar Medium; Star-forming Regions; Protoplanetary Disks.
– Infante, Leopoldo (Ph.D. University of Victoria, Canadá): Large Scale Structure, Galaxy Formation and Evolution; Large Surveys.
– Petrovich, Cristobal (Ph.D. University of Princeton, EE.UU.): Gravitational dynamics and exoplanets; Stellar and compact-object systems; Gravitational-wave sources.
– Puzia, Thomas H. (Dr.rer.nat Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Alemania): Galaxy Formation and Evolution; Star Cluster Systems and Stellar Populations in Galaxies.
– Tissera, Patricia (Ph.D. Universidad de Córdova, Argentina): Computational astrophysics; Models and Simulations of the Formation of Galaxies.
– Treister, Ezequiel (Ph.D. Yale University, EE.UU.): Formation and Evolution of Supermassive Black Holes.
– Zoccali, Manuela (Ph.D. Università di Padova, Italia): The Galactic Bulge; Stellar Populations; Chemical Abundances; Galactic Globular Clusters; The Initial Mass Function.
Applicants must have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Astronomy or Physics (or related areas), full-time dedication, and a good command of the English and/or Spanish language. Previous research experience, although not a requirement, is positively considered.
All the application documents (except the reference letters) must be sent to our application form. The pre-selected applicants will be summoned to an interview. All questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Based on this information, the Postgraduate Committee will prepare an order of merit for the candidates based on the following scale:
Those selected who accept our offer will be contacted to initiate procedures related to health insurance (FONASA, ISAPRE or another), visa for foreign students, etc.
The Instituto de Astrofísica and the PUC are committed to offering equal opportunities and diversity in their work community, including religious freedom. Minority applications are especially welcome.
Fecha de postulación: From August 1 to August 31, 2023, to start studies in March 2024.
Students accepted into the PhD Program in Astrophysics have a maintenance scholarship and 100% of the tuition fee guaranteed for the duration of the program, i.e., 4 years/8 semesters.