Image Credit: Michael Taylor

A fundamental problem in astronomy is the 3rd dimension. At large distances the sky appears as a projected image where depth information is locked up in the sum of pixel intensities integrated along the line of sight. I spent a couple of years working on various attempts to improve our understanding of the true 3D structure of distant celestial objects like HII regions & galaxies and planetary nebulae through the use of 3D photoionisation models and quantum-mechanical calculations of the populations of ions present. Another very interesting and challenging problem involves the construction of source-propagation models of cosmic rays and why the non-extensive statistical mechanics theories of Constantinos Tsallis seem to be so universal and relevant to them.

Peer-Reviewed Articles & Conference Papers:

  1. Taylor, M. & Molla, M. (2010) Towards a unified source-propagation model of cosmic rays. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific [9th International Conference of the Hellenic Astronomical Society] 424:98-104. [Poster] [arXiv] [PDF] [link]
  2. Taylor, M. & Vilchez J.M. (2009) Exact solutions for the populations of the n-level ion. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 121:1257–1266. doi:0.1086/648121. [arXiv] [PDF] [link]
  3. Taylor, M. & Diaz, A.I. (2007) On the deduction of galaxy abundances with evolutionary neural networks. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific [From Stars to Galaxies: Building the Pieces to Build Up the Universe] 374:104-110. [arXiv] [PDF] [l ink]

Conference Talks:

  1. Taylor, M. (2007) Unravelling the nonlinear physics of high metallicity galaxies and HII regions with A.I. neural networks. ESTALLIDOS Star Formation Conference V, IAA, Granada, Spain. [PPT] [PDF]
  2. Taylor, M. (2006) Using artificial intelligence to deduce galactic abundances. STARGAL 2006, Venice, Italy. [PPT]
  3. Taylor, M. (2006) Abell 39 – the benchmark nebula for 3D photoionisation modelling. ESTALLIDOS Star Formation Conference IV, CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain. [PPT] [PDF]