Reinventing astronomy with radio telescopes: the Murchison Widefield Array and the Square Kilometre Array

Tuesday, 10th September 2013 at 6pm - 7pm

Location: Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 2

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The Science Faculty at Victoria University of Wellington Presents:

 

Reinventing astronomy with radio telescopes: the Murchison Widefield Array and the Square Kilometre Array

Professor Steven Tingay, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, Curtin University, Australia

6:00pm Tuesday 10th of September, Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 2

Free public lecture. Seating limited. RSVP to Liza.Wilson@vuw.ac.nz or 04 463 6517

 
 

Astronomy research is on the leading edge of a wave of innovation that is reinventing the way we look at the Universe.  Curtin University leads the $50m (AUD) Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), an international next generation radio telescope that surveys vast slabs of the Universe from outback Western Australia, but has no moving parts.  I'll discuss the MWA and some of the early science that it has produced.  The MWA is a Precursor for the much larger multi-billion dollar Square Kilometre Array (SKA).  I'll discuss how the MWA team is making fundamental contributions to the SKA, through our place in the international team designing and building the SKA.  I'll explain some of the SKA science goals that will allow us to study (and hopefully understand) the entire 13.7 billion year history of our Universe.

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Prof. Steven Tingay is a Western Australian Premier's Research Fellow, Director of the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy, Deputy Director of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, and Director of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) project. 

Steven has authored or co-authored over 120 papers in international refereed journals and has attracted over $40m of research funding over the last decade. His main interests are in radio astronomy and astrophysics.  He has been responsible for the development of instrumentation and software that is now used around the world.

Steven currently leads the MWA project, a $50m (AUD) international radio telescope recently completed in the remote Murchison region of Western Australia. The MWA is the low frequency Precursor for the multi-billion dollar Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and he has been an active contributor to the international SKA project for the last decade.

Steven is a graduate of The University of Melbourne and of the Australian National University.

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