Canadian Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
What the facility does

Theoretical astrophysics, high performance computing, VLBI (very-long-baseline-interferometry)

Areas of expertise

The Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics is a nationally supported research center for studies in theoretical astrophysics, including the origin and evolution of the universe, and the many other phenomena revealed by modern astronomy. CITA’s primary missions are to foster interaction within the Canadian astrophysics community and to serve as an international centre of excellence for theoretical studies in astrophysics. CITA educates and develops the next generation of scientific leaders via National Postdoctoral Fellowships and Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associate Fellowships, and through student supervision at the undergraduate and graduate level. It also fosters interactions through workshops and a vibrant visitor program. Alumni of CITA’s post-doctoral programs hold distinguished positions across Canada and around the globe.

Research services

Cosmology, massively parallel and heterogeneous computation, radio imaging.

Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment in use

Description of function

Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory

Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment telescope

Radio telescope

Algonquin Radio Observatory


Very Long Baseline Interferometry station

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
  • Canada Research Chairs Program
  • University of Toronto



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