Jeff Cooke

ARC Future Fellow - Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing
Swinburne University of Technology, PO Box 218, Mail number H30, Hawthorn, VIC 3122 Australia
office: +61 3 9214 5392 -- fax: +61 3 9214 8797 -- email:

AR 315

Extragalactic Observational Astronomer

Main areas of research:
High redshift supernovae
High redshift galaxy interactions and environment Interstellar and intergalactic gas

Press releases:
Extremely distant super-luminous supernovae
The most distant supernovae
The massive merging galaxy LBG-2377

Brief descriptions of a few of the projects that have been keeping me busy. The links are in various states of completion. Thank you for your patience as I (slowly) update each link.

  Detection of z > 2 supernovae
  Super-luminous and pair-instability supernovae
  Type Ia supernovae and cosmology
  "Orphan" supernovae and the first stars

  Lyman break galaxy interactions at z ~ 3
  Broadband selection of Lyman alpha emitters
  Spectral correlation functions and environment
  Bright galaxies at z ~ 4; the One-Degree Deep survey
  Identifying key contributors to cosmic reionization

  Mass of damped Lyman alpha systems (DLAs)
  Galaxies and MgII absorption-line systems
  Metal-rich gas near the epoch of reionization

THE LATEST: I attended the exciting conference "Reionization in the Red Centre" held at Uluru (Ayers Rock), NT Australia organized by CAASTRO. The conference brought together leading scientists from a wide range of specialties to examine what we know, what we don't know, and where the field will be headed in the upcoming years with regard to theoretical and observational techniques to understand when reionization of the Universe occurred, its duration, and the main sources responsible.

See our new paper on work describing how we can measure the amount of escaping ionizing light from known galaxies and from galaxies that appear to have been missed in surveys to date here.

Click here to access the ADS link displaying a list of articles describing some of my work.



Welcome to my office

Simulation of a super-luminous supernova and its host galaxy in the chaotic formative environment at high redshift (credit: Marie Martig and Adrian Malec, Swinburne University).

The Hubble Space Telescope

The Milky Way, as well as two of our closest companion galaxies, the Large and Small Magellenic Clouds, can be seen in this long-exposure image of the 4 meter telescope at the CTIO located in the Southern Hemisphere.
  Astronomy 110
Physics 20A  
  Physics 7D
Curriculum Vitae
  Astro Grad Seminar
Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing
  Caltech Astronomy Department
Center for Cosmology
UC Irvine
  Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences
UC San Diego
W. M. Keck Observatory  
  Palomar Observatory