Astrophysics

The research focuses on connecting fundamental physics with astronomical observations, and aims at understanding the fundamental laws of the Universe, and unravelling the nature of dark matter and dark energy. In particular, epoch of reionization, extragalactic astronomy, the early Universe, dark matter indirect detection, neutron stars and black holes are actively investigated. The research group is also heavily involved in South Africa’s MeerKAT, SKA, HERA telescopes, and also several international projects such as LSST (Vera C. Rubin Observatory), FAST and CMB Stage-4.

Professor Yin-Zhe Ma (PhD: University of Cambridge (2011))

Position: Full Professor and Head of Astrophysics
Interests: Theoretical Astrophysics, Cosmology and Radio Astronomy
Tel: +27 21 808 3372
e-mail: mayinzhe@sun.ac.za
Office: 1018 Merensky Building
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Dr. Anslyn John (PhD: University of KwaZulu-Natal (2012))

Position: Lecturer
Interests: General Relativity, Theoretical cosmology, Relativistic Astrophysics
Tel: +27 21 808 3371
e-mail: anslyn@sun.ac.za
Office: 1028 Merensky Building
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Dr. Michael Sarkis

Post-Doc
e-mail: mikedsarkis@gmail.com

Mr. Clinton Stevens

PhD Student
e-mail: 19917724@sun.ac.za

Mr. Phillip Badenhorst

PhD Student
e-mail: phillbaden@gmail.com

Mr. Jaymie Van der Merwe

MSc Student
Interest:
theoretical cosmology
e-mail: 20698712@sun.ac.za

Ms Victoria Nakafingo

MSc Student
e-mail: eggscellent4@yahoo.com

Mr. John Powell

Intern
Interests
: Big-Bang Nucleosynthesis, Early Universe
e-mail:26047888@sun.ac.za