Dr Svitlana Zhukovska
Ernest Rutherford Research Fellow
I investigate the origin and evolution of the interstellar dust grains in galaxies. These grains consist of µm-size solid particles found everywhere in the interstellar space: from hot gas and interstellar shocks to cold dense clouds, in which dust grains eventually become building blocks for protoplanetary disks and planets. I model the lifecycle of interstellar dust: its formation, processing and destruction in the interstellar medium in the Milky Way and other galaxies. I am also interested in dust condensation in stellar outflows of evolved stars.