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Ms Alison Young



My project involves bridging the gap between theory and observation of early low-mass star formation under the supervision of Prof. Matthew Bate. In particular, I am interested in a key stage of the star formation process known as the first hydrostatic core which is well known from numerical simulations but has yet to be identified in observations.

I run hydrodynamical and radiative transfer models to produce synthetic observations including spectral energy distributions and molecular line emission. For the latter, I use a chemistry solver to calculate the abundances of many species as a post-process to the hydrodynamical models.

I am also interested in protostellar discs and have contributed to work modelling the evolution of discs and their observational characteristics.


I enjoy giving public talks and running workshops with school groups. Recent events include a talk at the Dartmoor Dark Sky event and a local stargazing and meteor watch evening. I was also a finalist in the 2018 IOP 3 Minute Wonder Competition (you can watch my talk here).


What can the SEDs of first hydrostatic core candidates reveal about their nature? Young, A.K., Bate, M.R., Mowat, C.F., Hatchell, J. & Harries, T.J., 2018, MNRAS, 474, 800

Dust-trapping Vortices and a Potentially Planet-triggered Spiral Wake in the Pre-transitional Disk of V1247 Orionis  Kraus, S., Kreplin, A., Fukugawa, M., Muto, T., Sitko, M.L., Young, A.K. et al., 2017,  ApJ, 848, L11