Dr. Dimitris Stamatellos

Guild Research Fellow

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Leighton Building, LE210

+44 (0) 1772 89 6418

Subject Areas: Astrophysics

Dimitris Stamatellos is the Guild Research Fellow of Astrophysics at the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute. His research interests are wide covering star formation, exoplanets, planet formation and migration, brown dwarfs and low-mass stars, protoplanetary discs, binary stars, gravitational instabilities, computational hydrodynamics and radiative transfer.

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Dr Dimitris Stamatellos is the Guild Research Fellow of Astrophysics (permanent post) at UCLAN where he leads the "Theoretical Star formation & Exoplanets" group that consists of 1 post-doc, 2 PhD students and 1 MSc student. His work is mainly theoretical and computational, focusing on the study of the earliest stages of star and planet formation. His group performs hydrodynamic simulations of star and planet formation using supercomputing facilities locally at UCLan and nationally (e.g. DIRAC). He has published 46 refereed publications (18 first author) & 18 non-refereed (13 first author), that have attracted more than 2500 citations (h-index: 25). He is well known for his research on disc fragmentation and on brown dwarf formation. He has strong experience in analysing and visualising large amounts of computational data, programming within an astronomical context, developing of computational models, and using high performance computing. He is particularly interested in computational methods and their applications in astrophysics. He has developed an efficient method to capture the thermal and radiative effects in hydrodynamic simulations, that has been used by other groups around the world (e.g. Edinburgh, St Andrews, Beijing, Sheffield, London, Cologne, Munich). Dr Stamatellos has a strong record of student supervision (undergraduate and postgraduate students) and significant teaching experience. He has also established collaborations with East and Southeast Asian countries (China, Japan, S. Korea, Vietnam). He has been awarded two Royal Society International Exchanges Awards (for Japan and S. Korea).

  • PhD Astrophysics, Cardiff University, UK (2004)
  • MSc Space Physics & Astronomy, Rice University, USA (2000)
  • BSc Physics, Athens University, Greece (1996)


MacFarlane, Benjamin A and Stamatellos, Dimitris ORCID: 0000-0002-4502-8344 (2017) The structure of young embedded protostellar discs. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 472 (4). pp. 3775-3788.

Herczeg, Gregory J, Johnstone, Doug, Mairs, Steve, Hatchell, Jennifer, Lee, Jeong-Eun, Bower, Geoffrey C, Chen, Huei-Ru Vivien, Aikawa, Yuri, Yoo, Hyunju et al (2017) How do stars gain their mass? A JCMT/SCUBA-2 Transient Survey of Protostars in Nearby Star Forming Regions. The Astrophysical Journal . ISSN 0004-637X

Li, Y, Kouwenhoven, MBN, Stamatellos, D and Goodwin, S (2016) THE LONG-TERM DYNAMICAL EVOLUTION OF DISK-FRAGMENTED MULTIPLE SYSTEMS IN THE SOLAR NEIGHBORHOOD. The Astrophysical Journal, 831 (2). p. 10. ISSN 0004-637X

Mercer, Anthony Paul and Stamatellos, Dimitris (2016) The effect of radiative feedback on disc fragmentation. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society MNRAS, 465 (1). pp. 2-18. ISSN 0035-8711

Stamatellos, Dimitris (2015) The migration of gas giant planets in gravitationally unstable disks. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 810 (L11). p. 5. ISSN 2041-8205

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Star & planet formation. The physics of protoplanetary discs and gravitational instabilities. Brown dwarfs & low mass stars. The origin of the stellar initial mass function. Binary star formation. Computational hydrodynamics. Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics. Computational radiative transfer. The initial stages of star formation: prestellar and protostellar cores. Radio observations of young protostars. Star formation in the Galactic centre and in the Local Group of galaxies.


  • Member, Hellenic Astronomical Society

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

  • APC 802: Motion, forces, and force fields