Dr. Jason Hunt

Jason Hunt studies the structure and dynamics of the Milky Way Galaxy, with an emphasis on the use of data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission and computational modelling of the disc. Gaia is a full sky astrometric and spectroscopic survey which will measure positions and velocities for well over a billion stars in our Galaxy.

His main work to date has been to develop a galaxy modelling algorithm called PRIMAL, which is designed to make a new dynamical model of the Galaxy from Gaia data along with other complimentary spectroscopic survey data, e.g. from APOGEE. Hunt has also been involved in the testing and validation of the Gaia Radial Velocity data.

At the Dunlap, Hunt will continue to develop PRIMAL while also exploiting the rich data set which will be released by Gaia over the next few years.

Hunt received his PhD from Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, and joined the Dunlap Institute in September 2016.