Prof. Philip Best

Position:
Personal Chair in Extragalactic Astrophysics
Research Theme:
Astronomy
Institution:
Edinburgh
Email address:
pnb@roe.ac.uk
Website:
http://www.roe.ac.uk/~pnb
Telephone number:
+44 (0)131 668 8358
Address:
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.

Teaching

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. Blazars in the LOFAR Two-Metre Sky Survey First Data Release DOI
    S. Mooney, J. Quinn, J. R. Callingham, R. Morganti, K. Duncan, L. K. Morabito, P. N. Best, G. Gürkan, M. J. Hardcastle, I. Prandoni et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics (2019)
  2. Calibrating the relation of low-frequency radio continuum to star formation rate at 1 kpc scale with LOFAR
    V. Heesen, Buie II E., C. J. Huff, L. A. Perez, J. G. Woolsey, D. A. Rafferty, A. Basu, R. Beck, E. Brinks, C. Horellou et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics (2019)
  3. LOFAR observations of the XMM-LSS field
    C. L. Hale, W. Williams, M. J. Jarvis, M. J. Hardcastle, L. K. Morabito, T. W. Shimwell, C. Tasse, P. N. Best, J. J. Harwood, I. Heywood et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics (2019)
  4. LoTSS DR1
    V. H. Mahatma, M. J. Hardcastle, W. L. Williams, P. N. Best, J. H. Croston, K. Duncan, B. Mingo, R. Morganti, M. Brienza, R. K. Cochrane et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics (2019)
  5. LoTSS/HETDEX DOI
    Gülay Gürkan, Martin Hardcastle, Philip Best, Leah Morabito, Isabella Prandoni, Matt Jarvis, Ken Duncan, Gabriela Calistro Rivera, Joe Callingham, Rachel Cochrane et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics (2019)
  6. LoTSS/HETDEX DOI
    H. R. Stacey, J. P. McKean, N. J. Jackson, P. N. Best, G. Calistro Rivera, J. R. Callingham, K. J. Duncan, G. Gürkan, M. J. Hardcastle, M. Iacobelli et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics (2019)
  7. Radio-loud AGN in the first LoTSS data release
    M. J. Hardcastle, W. L. Williams, P. N. Best, J. H. Croston, K. J. Duncan, H. J. A. Rottgering, J. Sabater, T. W. Shimwell, C. Tasse, J. R. Callingham et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics (2019)
  8. The environments of radio-loud AGN from the LOFAR Two-Metre Sky Survey (LoTSS) DOI
    J. H. Croston, M. J. Hardcastle, B. Mingo, P. N. Best, J. Sabater, T. W. Shimwell, W. L. Williams, K. J. Duncan, H. J. A. Röttgering, M. Brienza et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics (2019)
  9. The LOFAR Two-metre Sky Survey - II. First data release DOI
    T. W. Shimwell, C. Tasse, M. J. Hardcastle, A. P. Mechev, W. L. Williams, P. N. Best, H. J. A. Röttgering, J. R. Callingham, T. J. Dijkema, F. de Gasperin et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics (2019)
  10. The LOFAR Two-metre Sky Survey IV. First Data Release DOI
    Kenneth J Duncan, J. Sabater, H. J. A. Röttgering, M. J. Jarvis, D. J. B. Smith, P. N. Best, J. R. Callingham, R. Cochrane, J. H. Croston, M. J. Hardcastle et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics (2019)
Last updated: 19 Feb 2018 at 21:11