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Professor Isobel Hook


Isobel Hook

Lancaster University

Physics Building



Tel: +44 1524 595234

Research overview

My research is focused on using distant supernovae for cosmology, specifically to measure the effects of Dark Energy in the universe. I am also involved in several future telescope projects including the European Extremely Large telescope (E-ELT), the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), the 4-metre Multi-Object Spectroscopic Telescope (4MOST) and ESA's Euclid mission.

PhD supervision

The following project (and others) are available (funding is allocated competitively against other projects in the department). A project is available on "The next generation of Dark Energy measurements with supernovae". In the late 1990s Type Ia supernovae were used as standard candles to discover that the rate of expansion of the universe is accelerating, leading to the idea that some mysterious "Dark Energy" is pushing the universe apart. Despite much better measurements nowadays, our lack of understanding of Dark Energy remains one of the most fundamental problems in Physics. Several projects are underway that aim to address this issue. The student will use a combination of archival data, new data from state-of-the art telescopes such as VLT, NTT and VISTA and simulated data to study statistical properties of supernovae as distance indicators. Based on these studies, he/she will help to optimise large surveys for cosmology that are planned with future telescopes and instruments, including LSST (the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope), ESA's Euclid mission and 4MOST (the 4meter Multi-Object Spectrograph Telescope).

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