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Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy

Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy

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Square Kilometre Array announcement

"The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) welcomes the news that the SKA Project will have sites in both Western Australia and Southern Africa. CIRA has an outstanding record in international and national collaborations, via links such as our Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) precursor and new-generation Aperture Array partnerships. We are proud to have helped bring the SKA to Australia and we look forward to working with our partners to make the telescope a reality."

Profs. Peter Hall and Steven Tingay, CIRA Co-Directors

Research

The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) concentrates its research effort into a range of projects in the area of radio astronomy, including aspects of next generation telescopes such as the MWA and ASKAP as well as the Square Kilometre Array at the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory. CIRA are heavy users of Australia Telescope National Facility instruments such as Parkes and the Australia Telescope Compact Array, for projects including Very Long Baseline Interferometry, studies of active galactic nuclei and radio galaxies, transient radio phenomena, and pulsars. Undergraduate and postgraduate (Masters and PhD) projects are available in a wide variety of radio astronomy research areas. CIRA maintains a 20 node (dual-processor, quad-core machines = 160 core) parallel computer dedicated to data processing, with approximately 100 TB of data storage space.

Teaching

Do you wonder about our place in the universe? Would you like to find out how stars really work or learn about the wonderfully bizarre features of our local or not so local planets? Do you imagine wrestling with the complexity of the space-time continuum? If so, then you can make an excellent start by enrolling in the Astronomy degree through the Department of Imaging and Applied Physics at Curtin University.

Engineering

Curtin activities in radio astronomy have a strong engineering component, including the design and prototyping of new instrumentation for antennas and in digital signal processing. The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy has established a fully equipped radio astronomy engineering laboratory that will be used for engineering research that feeds into the research and teaching programs. Strong links between the teaching, research and engineering aspects of radio astronomy ensure that undergraduate and postgraduate students are fully exposed to all aspects of modern radio astronomy. Projects are available to students interested in postgraduate study in engineering within CIRA.