Annual Report: 2011 - 2012

Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
L'institut canadien d'astrophysique theorique

Annual Report
September 2011 - August 2012

CITA Overview

The Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics is a nationally supported research center for studies in theoretical astronomy and related subjects, hosted by the University of Toronto, and receiving research support from an NSERC collaborative special project grant, as well as the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. CITA's primary missions are to foster interaction within the Canadian theoretical astrophysics community and to serve as an international center of excellence for theoretical studies in astrophysics.

CITA Council                  CIFAR and CITA

CITA Researchers

CITA hosts one of the largest concentrations of theoretical astrophysicists in the world: six faculty and some twenty-seven research fellows. CITA also presently supports six National Fellows at other Canadian institutions.

Changes in 2011-2012

Five CITA post-docs received permanent positions during the past academic year. (A full list of CITAzens in permanent or tenure-stream positions can be found on the CITA Alumni page.) Twelve new people joined the CITA research staff.

Research 2011-2012

Research at CITA covers a broad range of fields in astrophysical theory. During the 2011-2012 academic year, these included:
  • Cosmology: microwave background anisotropies, 21cm cosmology, large-scale structure, reionization, galaxy formation
  • Interstellar Medium: Galactic HI distribution, molecular clouds, star-forming regions, dust physics
  • High Energy Astrophysics and Stellar Physics: accretion flows, AGN winds, supernovae, stellar pulsations, gamma-ray bursts, magnetars, stellar winds, AGB stars
  • General Relativity: binary black holes, electromagnetic counterparts and gravitational wave observation.
  • Computational Physics: cosmological n-body simulations and hydrodynamics, particle-mesh and tree-code algorithms, internal modes of rotating stars
and other topics.

Publications 2011-2012

The research carried out at CITA generated over a hundred and ten publications during the 2011-2012 academic year.


CITA has a vigorous visitors program bringing a number of Astronomy and Physics faculty members from other Canadian universities and from abroad for both extended stays and shorter visits. Some six sabbatical visitors spent time at CITA in 2011-2012. Each year CITA also invites an internationally distinguished scholar conducting research in theoretical astrophysics to give two lectures at the University of Toronto in the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Visiting Astrophysicist Program.

Conferences Supported by CITA

CITA supports scientific workshops and meetings in Canada on subjects of interest to theoretical astrophysics. Meetings supported by CITA between September 2011 and August 2012 are listed here.


CITA occupies the 13th and 14th floor of the McLennan Physical Laboratories at the downtown campus of the University of Toronto. Computing facilities include the 200 node sunnyvale supercomputer, several other multiprocessor machines, and individual workstations for each researcher.

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