Astronomy and Astrophysics Group, University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Concept Justification of Astronomy and Astrophysics Group, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Members: Prof. A. A. Ubachukwu (Leader/Coordinator), Prof. J. O. Urama, Prof. A. E. Chukwude, Dr. R. N. C. Eze, Dr. J. A. Alhassan, Dr. J. O. Chibueze (PI), Dr. C. C. Onuchukwu, Dr. B. Okere, Dr. D. I. Okoh, Mrs C. B. Okoli, Dr. F. C. Odo, Olubukola Adeoti (PG student)
Main research focus
Our main research focus is Astronomy and Astrophysics, encompassing both the observational and theoretical (computaitonal and simulations) approaches. The Department of Physics & Astronomy has a good history in this regard and we plan to build on the past successes.
The key topics of our research includes massive and low-mass star formation, pulsar astrophysics, and cosmology. We already have a website containing more details (see screenshot of the webpage)
Inter-departmental nature
Our research group though focused on  Astronomy and Astrophysics, require very high level of computation and numerical analyses. Thus, staff members and post-graduate students of Computer Science and Mathematics (with needed skills), will be able to join the group.
Annual targets
Publish a minimum of 4 research papers in high-impact journals (like Nature, Science, ApJ, A&A, MNRAS, PASJ, AJ).
Existing foundations
I. Accepted observation proposal at the Nobeyama 45-m telescope 2015-2016 fiscal year
II. ALMA, VLA, SMA archive and PI (J. O. Chibueze) data available
III. MoU with the Astrophysics Group of Kagoshima University and collaboration with Astronomy group of Tokyo University (both in Japan)
IV. Availability of high-spec Mac computers (purchased by Prof. Chukwude & J. O. Chibueze) for data reduction.
V. Proven record/experience of publishing in our target high-impact journals
• Weekly seminars featuring review of relevance journal article, chapters of textbooks, updates of the group’s research projects.
• Training of members on the research techniques
• Research proposal writing, astronomy software package usage (hands-on) and LATEX training