Prof. Philip Best

Personal Chair in Extragalactic Astrophysics
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Institute for Astronomy, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ, United Kingdom

Research interests

  • Observational cosmology, studies of galaxy formation, and the high redshift Universe.
  • Active galactic nuclei (AGN), in particular their host galaxies, and their influence on galaxy evolution.
  • Radio astronomy, the cosmic evolution of radio sources, their growth, and radio source shocks
  • Star-forming galaxies at high redshift, and the star-formation history of the Universe
  • Clusters and groups of galaxies, and the effect of environment on the nature and properties of galaxies.


I have designed, organised and lectured a number of different courses, from pre-honours to Masters level, as well as serving on the School's Teaching Committee for five years, and being Senior Director of Studies of four years. Currently, I organise and lecture the pre-honours course "Discovering Astronomy" and the Senior Honours level course "High Energy Astrophysics" as well as supervising Senior Honours and Integrated Masters projects. I am the Admissions Officer for the School, and Chair the School Board of Studies.

Research outputs

  1. Dust attenuation in 2 < z < 3 star-forming galaxies from deep ALMA observations of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field DOI
    R. J. McLure, J. S. Dunlop, F. Cullen, N. Bourne, P. N. Best, S. Khochfar, R. A. A. Bowler, A. D. Biggs, J. E. Geach, D. Scott et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2018)
  2. The faint radio sky: VLBA observations of the COSMOS field DOI
    N. Herrera Ruiz, E. Middelberg, A. T. Deller, R. P. Norris, P. N. Best, W. Brisken, E. Schinnerer, V. Smolčić, I. Delvecchio, E. Momjian et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 607 (2017)
  3. The KMOS Redshift One Spectroscopic Survey (KROSS): the origin of disc turbulence in z ≈ 1 star-forming galaxies DOI
    C. M. Harrison, A. M. Swinbank, Alfred L. Tiley, J. P. Stott, R. G. Bower, Ian Smail, Andrew J. Bunker, D. Sobral, O. J. Turner, P. Best et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 474, 4 , p. 5076-5104 (2017)
  4. LOFAR reveals the giant: a low-frequency radio continuum study of the outflow in the nearby FR I radio galaxy 3C 31 DOI
    V. Heesen, J. H. Croston, Raffaella Morganti, M. J. Hardcastle, A. J. Stewart, P. N. Best, J. W. Broderick, M. Brüggen, Gianfranco Brunetti, Krzysztof T. Chyży et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 474, 4 , p. 5049-5067 (2017)
  5. Studying the late evolution of a radio-loud AGN in a galaxy group with LOFAR DOI
    F. Savini, Annalisa Bonafede, M. Brüggen, A. Wilber, Jeremy J. Harwood, M. Murgia, T. W. Shimwell, D. A. Rafferty, Aleksandar Shulevski, M. Brienza et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 474, 4 , p. 5023-5035 (2017)
  6. The Interstellar Medium in [O III]-selected Star-forming Galaxies at z ˜ 3.2 DOI
    Tomoko L. Suzuki, Tadayuki Kodama, Masato Onodera, Rhythm Shimakawa, Masao Hayashi, Ken-ichi Tadaki, Yusei Koyama, Ichi Tanaka, David Sobral, Ian Smail et al., Astrophysical Journal, 849, 1 , p. 39 (2017)
  7. The association of a J-burst with a solar jet DOI
    D. E. Morosan, P. T. Gallagher, R. A. Fallows, H Reid, G. Mann, M. M. Bisi, J. Magdalenić, H. O. Rucker, B. Thidé, C. Vocks et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 606 (2017)
  8. Photometric redshifts for the next generation of deep radio continuum surveys - I. Template fitting DOI
    Kenneth J. Duncan, Michael J. I. Brown, Wendy L. Williams, Philip N. Best, Veronique Buat, Denis Burgarella, Matt J. Jarvis, Katarzyna Małek, S. J. Oliver, Huub J. A. Röttgering et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 473, 2 , p. 2655-2672 (2017)
  9. Boötes-HiZELS: an optical to near-infrared survey of emission-line galaxies at z = 0.4-4.7 DOI
    Jorryt J. A. Matthee, David Sobral, Philip Best, Ian Smail, Fuyan Bian, Behnam Darvish, Huub Röttgering and Xiaohui Fan, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 471, 1 , p. 629-649 (2017)
  10. The LOFAR window on star-forming galaxies and AGNs - curved radio SEDs and IR-radio correlation at 0 DOI
    G. Calistro Rivera, M. J. Hardcastle, K. Duncan, H. J. A. Röttgering, P. N. Best, M. Brüggen, K. T. Chyży, C. J. Conselice, F. de Gasperin, D. Engels et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 469, 3 , p. 3468-3488 (2017)
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