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Prof. Darren Croton

I am a theorist who works on understanding the formation and evolution of galaxies in the local and high redshift Universe, using both simulations and large observational data sets. I am especially interested in the development of models of galaxy formation embedded in large cosmological simulations, supermassive black holes and quasars, galaxy environment, galaxy clustering, and large-scale voids.

My most recent project is to build the "Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory" (TAO). TAO is an online eResearch laboratory that allows astronomers to construct their own mock light cones from a range of different simulation and galaxy formation model data, filter the output through virtual telescopes, and download the results for their own scientific use (

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