Instituto de Física y Astronomía

y Centro de Astrofísica de Valparaíso

PhD:  University of Nottingham 

Research area: galaxy evolution, galaxy clusters, large scale structure


Telephone: (+56 32) 250 8309 

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About my research:  Most of my research is focused on the understanding of galaxy formation and evolution as a function of cosmic time and environment. In particular, I study the different physical processes that affect galaxies in clusters, groups and cosmic filaments, combining multi-wavelength data with cosmological simulations. I am part of several international collaborations, including GASP, which is dedicated to understanding the gas cycle of galaxies in the so-called "jellyfish galaxies" in great detail.


Graeme Candlish

PhD: University of Nottingham, UK (2010).

Research Area: numerical simulations, cosmology and gravitation.

Publications: ADS - INSPIRE

email: graeme.candlish at


About my research: My work is focused on the study of gravity, and particularly modifications to General Relativity. These  modifications have consequences for the formation of structure in the Universe, and for the evolution of galaxies and galaxy clusters. My research uses analytical and numerical methods (computational simulations). 

Teaching: Undergraduate courses: "Introducción a las Menciones (Computación Científica)", "Termodinámica" and "Mecánica Intermedia".

See my research at: Cosmology - Gravitation - Galaxy Formation and Evolution.





Monica Zorotovic

PhD: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2011)
Research Area: Evolution of Close Compact Binaries, Common Envelope Phase, Cataclysmic Variables, SNe Ia progenitors, Planets Around Evolved Binaries
Publications: ADS
: (+56 32) 299 5556

email: mzorotovic at

About my research: My work is focused on the simulation of close compact binary stars, and the comparison of these with observational data. The aim is to achieve a better understanding of the common envelope phase, a phase that most of these stars undergo, which is a clue for understanding the evolution of some of the most interesting objects in the universe, such as type Ia supernovae, cataclysmic variables, or close double white dwarfs, to name a few. In addition, the recently suggested possibility of planets around evolved close compact binaries has raised the interest in knowing how they might have formed.

Catalina Arcos

PhD: PhD in Astrophysics,  Universidad de Valparaíso

Area de investigación: Massive stars, stellar winds, Be stars, line variability


Teléfono: (+56 32) 250 8301

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Sobre mi investigación: Mi investigación se centra en el estudio de variabilidad de las estrellas Be, los parámetros de disco y estelares, su tasa de pérdida de masa y la conexión con la formación del disco. Para hacer esto, creamos el sitio web de BeSOS: que contiene espectros HR reducidos de las estrellas del sur de Be observadas con el espectrógrafo PUCHEROS. Restringimos los parámetros estelares de 71 estrellas Be usando atmósferas de modelado estelar. Las velocidades de rotación proyectadas se obtuvieron para todos los espectros, así como EW, DPS, V / R en la línea Halpha.

Cursos de pregrado: Introducción a la Física, Fundamentos de la Física, Física (Filosofía)

Curso de postgrado "ATLAS of Be stars" (MAS)



PhD: Institute of Astronomy, KU Leuven, Belgium (2009)
Research Area: Evolution of hot subdwarf stars, compact pulsators, close binary stellar evolution, asteroseismology
Publications:  ADS
: (+56 32) 250 8304
email: maja.vuckovic at

About my research: My research focuses on understanding the origin and evolution of extreme horizontal branch stars, by probing the internal structure of pulsating hot subdwarf stars through the interpretation of their frequency spectra. In order to analyse their pulsation spectra I am using the high-resolution time series photometric and spectroscopic data from ground based and space telescopes, like Kepler. By confronting the observed frequency spectrum with the theoretical models I am able to constrain crucial parameters in order to backtrace the evolution of hot subdwarf stars. In addition to asteroseismology I also study close binary stellar evolution, as well as extrasolar planets around evolved stars.

Teaching: "Stellar astronomy", FIS320, 2nd semester 2014

See my research in: Hot Subdwarf Stars - Substellar Objects around Evolved Stars - Data Bases, Surveys and Virtual Observatory - Variabilidad (Astroestadística)

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