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I lead the Epoch of Reionisation project at ICRAR, managing a small group of researchers who are using the Murchison Widefield Array to detect the early Universe neutral hydrogen signal. We are also actively contributing to the EoR and Cosmic Dawn experiment for the Square Kilometre Array project. Our research encompasses experimental design, development and testing of statistical foreground models, optimal power spectrum estimators, and study and treatment of data systematics (e.g., effects of the ionosphere). We also process MWA EoR data through our CHIPS power spectrum estimation pipeline, with the aim to detect the EoR signal at z=6.5-9.0.

The MWA EoR program is part of the ASTRO 3D Centre of Excellence.

We have a range of statistical and observational research projects available to potential students, suiting applicants who have a strong background in statistical mathematics, low-frequency radio interferometry, or astronomical software development.

Image: Example simulated brightness temperature distribution and corresponding power spectrum at the end of the Cosmic Dawn (z=14.22). Credit: Andrei Mesinger, SNS


Research specialisations:

Signal processing theory, Epoch of Reionisation, radio astronomy instrument design considerations, radio transients


Membership and professional roles:

Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D)

President, Astronomical Society of Australia

Member, SKA Science and Engineering Advisory Board (SEAC) 2016-2019

Member, ANZSCC Science Advisory Committee

Fellow, Astronomical Society of Australia

Fellow, Australian Institute of Physics

Board Member, EoR/CD Science Working Group

Physical Sciences Cluster Rep, Science and Technology Australia Board


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