Savilian Professor of Astronomy & Head of Astrophysics
steven [dot] balbus [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
Before coming to Oxford, Prof. Balbus had been
Professeur des Universités in the Physics Department
of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris for nine
years. He was educated at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, where he took BS degrees in both mathematics
and physics, and the University of California at Berkeley,
where he obtained his PhD in theoretical astrophysics.
He has also held academic posts at Princeton University,
MIT, and the University of Virginia. Prof. Balbus's field of study
is astrophysical fluid dynamics, with a particular interest in the
behaviour of magnetised gases. He has made contributions to
our understanding of accretion discs, dilute gases, and the interior
of the Sun.
Prof. Balbus is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the
the US National Academy of Sciences. In 2013, he shared the
Shaw Prize in Astronomy with John Hawley for his work on
accretion disc turbulence.
Prof Balbus will teach B5 General Relativity and Cosmology during HT 2017. Up-to-date teaching notes will be maintained and available on this page under the file HT17.pdf.
The notes continue to be edited, modified and polished, but will not change by a major revision before the start of HT. Last update for notes is displayed on cover page.
Astrophysical fluids, especially accretion discs, X-ray plasmas and stellar interiors. I am also interested in tides and their possible role in biological evolution.