Eric Tittley


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PhD projects

GPU-based Radiative Transfer methods.

Personal profile


Dr Eric Tittley is the Research Computing Officer at the Institute for Astronomy at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, a position taken up in 2016 after being a Postdoctoral Research Associate since 2003 and the High Performance Computing Specialist since 2009.  Eric manages the computing resources for the research staff and groups within the Institute, including hardware purchasing, cluster administration, parallel programming guidance, and performance tuning.

Dr Tittley's research interests are split between the Intergalactic Medium with emphasis on the effect of hydrogen and helium reionisation on the warm-hot intergalactic medium and the state of disrupted galaxy clusters. and the nature of Dark Matter, particularly the potential for it to be self-interacting.  Consequently, he is heavily involved with numerical simulations of cosmological gas dynamics and observational tests of dark matter self-interaction.

Eric is also the IfA representative on the School of Physics and Astronomy Computing Committee and IfA Web Administrator.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Hierarchical Clustering and Galaxy Cluster Scaling Laws, University of Western Ontario

Award Date: 1 Jan 1999

Master of Science, Temperature Fluctuations of the Atmosphere of Polaris, University of Western Ontario

Award Date: 1 Jan 1994

Bachelor of Science, Tomographic Separation of the Spectra of Capella, University of Toronto

Award Date: 1 Jan 1992


  • QB Astronomy
  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science


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