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 a Guild Research Fellow in Astrophysics at the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute. He is interested on how planets and low-mass stars form. He develops advanced computational hydrodynamic models to determine the properties of these objects.

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The focus of Dimitri’s research has been the study of the formation of planets, brown dwarfs, and low-mass stars around Sun-like stars by disc fragmentation.

Dimitri’s work has been influential and highly cited. His paper, “The properties of brown dwarfs and low-mass hydrogen-burning stars formed by disc fragmentation” (2009, MNRAS, 392, 413) has appeared in the most cited paper list (2009-2011) that was compiled by the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The same paper is among the top 1% most cited Astronomy papers in 2009 (from the Astrophysical Database System - ADS). This work has been based on a numerical method he developed, which incorporates the effects of radiative transfer in hydrodynamic simulations (this method has since been used by several research groups; eg, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Bonn, Beijing, Sheffield, Munich, UCL).

Dimitris also has a strong interest in the initial stages of star formation. He has worked in determining the observational characteristics of prestellar cores and young protostars hidden in their parent cores, using a 3D Monte Carlo radiative transfer code that he developed. He has been involved in major survey projects (eg, using space- and ground-bases observing facilities like HERSCHEL and SCUBA2).


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


Stamatellos, Dimitris, Whitworth, Anthony P. and Hubber, David A. (2011) THE IMPORTANCE OF EPISODIC ACCRETION FOR LOW-MASS STAR FORMATION. The Astrophysical Journal, 730 (1). p. 32. ISSN 0004-637X

Stamatellos, Dimitris and Whitworth, Anthony P. (2008) The properties of brown dwarfs and low-mass hydrogen-burning stars formed by disc fragmentation. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 392 (1). pp. 413-427. ISSN 00358711

Stamatellos, D. and Whitworth, A. P. (2008) Can giant planets form by gravitational fragmentation of discs? Astronomy and Astrophysics, 480 (3). pp. 879-887. ISSN 0004-6361

Stamatellos, Dimitris, Maury, Anaëlle, Whitworth, Anthony and André, Philippe (2011) The lower limits of disc fragmentation and the prospects for observing fragmenting discs. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 413 (3). pp. 1787-1796. ISSN 00358711

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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

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APC 802: Motion, forces, and force fields

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