School of Mathematical Sciences


Primary Department
School of Mathematical Sciences
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
Research Convenor
Turlough Downes
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
Room Number

Academic biography

I am a professor of mathematics and astrophysics.  My research lies primarily in the field of plasma astrophysics and I currently focus on the dynamics of weakly ionised plasmas in and around star forming regions, including proto-planetary disks. I use a mix of analytic and computational approaches to this and we have developed strong expertise in particular in computational approaches.  These plasmas are intensely complex systems and the simulations which we design and execute require huge computational resources.  As a result we use some of the biggest supercomputers in the world for our work (e.g. those available through

I lecture both in mathematics (real analysis, partial differential equations etc) and physics (galactic dynamics) at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Research interests

Weakly ionised plasmas; Astrophysics : Star formation, High energy astrophysics, Computational fluid dynamics