The "Galaxy Observational and Theoretical Astrophysics" (GOThA) is an inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional team of researchers aiming to investigate galaxy formation and evolution by combining state-of-the-art observational data with innovative theoretical modeling and data science techniques.
Its activity is deeply rooted in the exploitation of multiwalength data from current instrumentations including Chandra and XMM satellites in the X-ray band, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) in the optical/near-IR, Spitzer and WISE in the mid-IR, Herschel and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in the far-IR/(sub)mm, the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA), the Very Large Array (VLA) and the SKAO pathfinders in the radio domain.
GOThA's scope constitutes a crossover between various fields in astrophysics and cosmology, and will be further boosted by the upcoming data from recent and future facilities such as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the ATHENA mission, the Euclid satellite, the Square Kilometer Array (SKAO), the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), the Simons Observatory/CMB-S4, LiteBird and the Einstein Telescope (ET), to name a few.
GOThA brings together the theoretical, observational and computational expertise of Ph.D. students, postdocs, researchers and professors from the Astrophysics and Cosmology group at SISSA and from other Italian institutes (currently INAF, Bologna and Padova Universities) with the common goal of answering some of the most pressing questions in modern astrophysics and cosmology: What are the processes regulating the co-evolution of galaxies and their central black holes? How do active galaxies impact the surrounding multiphase environment on different spatial and temporal scales? What is the role of complex and organic molecules in galaxies at different cosmic epochs? Can primordial galaxies be used as laboratories to probe the microscopic nature of dark matter? What is the underlying evolution of the Universe, and the origin of the puzzling dark energy component?
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