Alexander Howard

Postgraduate Researcher with the Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy.
Part of the Star Formation Group.


My research focuses on the analysis of local Star Formation in the Gould Belt region, both observational and synthetic. I work primarily with in the Herschel wavelengths, which highlight infra-red dust emission.

My supervisors are Prof. Matt Griffin and Prof. Anthony Whitworth.

PPMAP and the Gould Belt

My primary research area attempts to examine Star Formation in the Gould Belt molecular clouds, utilising the PPMAP algorithm to visualise cosmic dust in super-resolution.

Neural Net Noise Estimation

In this research project, I aim to train a convolutional neural net to identify Gaussian noise levels in observations. This will make the process of running PPMAP easier, though once trained, the net could identify noise for any task.


Title and abstract of Howard et al., 2019

List of first author and co-authored publications to date.


Poster presented at EWASS 2017 - Prague.

Summaries and downloads of posters presented at conferences.


  • Alexander D. P. Howard, M.Phys.
    School of Physics & Astronomy
    Cardiff University
    Queen's Buildings
    The Parade
    CF24 4SW
    United Kingdom
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