LATROBE UNIVERSITY LECTURE THEATRE (BUILDING 6)
7PM WEDNESDAY 22ND MARCH 2017
Dr Tyler Bourke is a Project Scientist with the Square Kilometre Array and is based at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in the UK.
Dr Bourke grew up in Wangaratta and attended Wangaratta High School in the 1980s and was a member of both the Astronomical Society of Albury Wodonga and the Astronomical Society of Victoria. With his father he built a 13 inch Dobsonian telescope.
He studied at ANU and gained his BSc majoring in Physics. He went on to do a Masters and PhD at UNSW and did his PhD research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics in Boston (CfA)
He held various positions at the CfA from the early 2000s including 1 ½ years in Hawaii. He has been with the SKA Project since 2013.
His lecture is entitled "The World's Largest Radio Telescope in your Backyard"
Australia is part of an international effort to build the World’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). In fact, one of the two telescope arrays that make up the SKA will be built in the Western Australian outback near Murchison, about 800 km NNE of Perth, a remote area almost devoid of people, but already the location of two advanced radio telescopes. The other SKA telescope array will be in a similarly isolated location in South Africa. The telescopes of the SKA will provide more than an order-of-magnitude increase in performance over existing radio telescopes, to e.g., address fundamental questions on the history of our Universe and the emergence of the first stars and galaxies, detect the merger of super-massive black-holes at the centres of galaxies through their gravitational waves, and use these events to test Einstein’s theories, and detect powerful bursts of radio emission whose origin and nature remain controversial.
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