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I like the Moon!

I am leading an exciting to project to study the very early Universe using the Moon and the Murchison Widefield Array telescope in Western Australia.

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I’m hoping to measure low-frequency radio waves emitted by Hydrogen during the period when the first stars and galaxies where forming. Why boring old Hydrogen you ask? Because that is what most of the Universe was in those days and it can tell us all sorts of things about how the Universe got from being small, hot and smooth to being the big, cool, clumpy thing it is today.

I’m also interested in these strange, powerful objects dotted throughout the universe known as radio galaxies.

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In particular, I like to study the ones that are close-by in our cosmic neighbourhood, as we can see them in exquisite detail using a wide range of different instruments, from radio telescopes, to optical telescopes to X-ray and gamma-ray observatories in space! The things we learn from these close-by objects can be be applied to our simulations of the early Universe, helping us to eventually put together the whole cosmic puzzle of where we came from and where we are going.

If you are interested in any of this stuff, feel free to get in touch!

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