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Associate Professor Glenn Kacprzak

Associate Professor


Dr Glenn Kacprzak is an Associate Professor at Swinburne’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing. His research is focused on understanding the formation and evolution of galaxies by studying the connection between extended halo gas and the host galaxy.

A/Prof. Kacprzak conducts this research using the bright light from distant background quasars (QSOs). QSOs, acting as a flashlight, shine through these halos where the gas interacts with the light and produces absorption features. Virtually all types of galaxies are observed to prominently absorb the Mg II 2796, 2803 doublet.

Through this research, A/Prof. Kacprzak is contributing to broader understandings of areas such as halo kinematics, dynamics, chemical content, ionization conditions and cosmic evolution back to half the current age of the universe and out to projected galactocentric radii of several 100 kpc. Using high resolution imaging of these galaxies, a direct comparison between the gas properties as measured from quasar spectra and the galaxy luminous properties is possible, providing deeper insight into the role of gas in galaxy evolution.

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Research interests

Galaxy Formation

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Cosmology And Extragalactic Astronomy - 510103

Teaching areas

Black Holes and Galaxy Structure;Galaxy Formation


  • 2020, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor’s Leadership Excellence Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2016, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor's Research Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2014, National, ARC Future Fellowship, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2011, National, ARC Super Science Fellowship, Swinburne University of Technology


Also published as: Kacprzak, Glenn; Kacprzak, G.; Kacprzak, G. G.; Kacprzak, Glenn G.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2017: ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions *; ARC Centre of Excellence Scheme
  • 2017: The physics of gas flows around galaxies at cosmic noon *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator

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