Jo Bovy

Canada Research Chair in Galactic Astrophysics

Tier 2 - 2015-04-01
Renewed: 2020-07-01
University of Toronto
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council


Coming to Canada From

Institute for Advanced Study

Research involves

Measuring the structure and history of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Research relevance

This research has the potential to provide a wealth of information on our galactic home and on galaxy formation generally.

Research summary

Of all of the constituents of the universe, dark matter is one of the most mysterious. Five times more abundant than the ordinary matter of atoms and everyday life, and crucial in keeping galaxies from flying apart, little is known about its microscopic properties. Dr. Jo Bovy’s research uses the dynamics of stars in the Milky Way to map its dark matter in unprecedented detail. In particular, by searching for the imprints of the smallest concentrations of dark matter on stellar trajectories, his research will provide important new clues to the physical nature of dark matter.