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Ordinary Meeting with Dr James Allison

Friday 23rd October 2015 - 8:00pm
Topic:   Rocking the cradle - Black holes and young radio galaxies with the SKA
Speaker:   Dr James Allison,  CSIRO, Astronomy and Space Science
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) is a world-class radio telescope under construction in Murchison, WA. Radio astronomers at CSIRO and the University of Sydney are already using ASKAP to look for small changes in the radio signal from distant super massive black holes. Swirling gas around the black hole absorbs the radio signal, which is then detected at the telescope. Only a few thousand years old, but billions of light years away, we are studying how these young radio galaxies switch on and the devastating affect they have on their natal environments. 


I am a radio astronomer and astrophysicist at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science. As a member of the science team for the Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder, I specialise in the detection of atomic hydrogen gas in distant galaxies. I completed my doctorate in astrophysics at the University of Oxford, where I used data from a radio telescope to observe microwave radiation from the earliest moments of the Universe.

Prior to my current role as a Bolton Fellow at CSIRO,  I was an ARC Super Science Fellow at the University of Sydney and a post doctoral research assistant at Oxford.

Event Date: 
Friday, 23 October, 2015 - 20:00
Epping Creative Centre, 26 Stanley Road, Epping NSW

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