Welcome to the homepage of Tom Hughes (舒大同).

I'm a postdoctoral researcher in extragalactic astronomy, currently based at the Institute of Physics and Astronomy
of the University of Valparaiso.

Here you will find information about myself, research interests and public outreach activities.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

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Latest Posts

The Valparaíso ALMA Line Emission Survey | posted on 14/02/2017

During my time in Chile, I’ve been working on a new survey. The Valparaíso ALMA Line Emission Survey (VALES) is a sample of main-sequence and starburst galaxies selected from the Herschel Astrophysical Terahertz Large Area Survey (H-ATLAS). The idea is … Read more

Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array | posted on 24/12/2016

I was thrilled to finally explore the ALMA Array Operations Site! The high site was high on my bucket list for Chile. Although I had already seen the ALMA Operations Support Facility, the base camp at 2900 m, a number … Read more

Observing at APEX | posted on 22/12/2016

In December, I spent a week collecting photons with the Atacama Pathfinder EXperiment. As a co-investigator on an approved proposal, I volunteered to join a small team of four astronomers that would use APEX during the scheduled Chilean observing time … Read more

Recent News


ALMA data delivery

- 15th February 2017

I've received the first batch of Band 6 data from ALMA, which I will use to trace dust and gas in VALES galaxies.


SOCHIAS Annual Meeting 2017

- 23rd-26th January 2017

At the annual meeting of the Chilean astronomy community, I gave a talk on my results from VALES on the PDR modelling of star-forming galaxies.


Visit to ALMA

- 19th December 2016

I finally got the chance to see the spectacular ALMA Array Operations Site on Chajnantor - see some photos here.

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Observing run at APEX

- 13th-20th December 2016

I volunteered to observe the awarded projects for the Chilean community, including our own, and had an awesome experience learning to use APEX.

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PDR modelling paper on Arxiv

- 17th November 2016

Our second paper on the Valparaiso ALMA Line Emission Survey has been accepted for publication in A&A and is now available on arxiv.

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Address: Instituto de Física y Astronomía
         Universidad de Valparaíso
         Av. Gran Bretaña 1111
         Valparaíso, Chile


Telephone: +56 9 9901 3258
FAX: +56 32 2508230
Skype: txhughes
E-mail: thomas.hughes (at) uv.cl