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Postgraduate Students

Tim Colegate

Transient Cosmic Phenomena and their Influence on the Design of the SKA Radio Telescope

Supervisor: Prof Peter Hall

Tim Colegate with partially constructed dish Tim Colegate with partially constructed dish

I commenced my PhD studies in 2008, am now looking at how we can better design the SKA to explore the time-variable events that occur in the sky. This involves an analysis of known and likely time-domain phenomena and their underlying astrophysics, as well as investigating areas of unexplored parameter space. The aim is to use this information as an input to the current performance and cost modelling effort being undertaken for the SKA, which Curtin is involved in.

What I enjoy most about my research is being involved in the worldwide cooperative effort which is necessary for a project such as the SKA to succeed, as well as learning about the challenges of building such a mega-science project, possibly right on our doorstep. Two trips to the University of Cambridge in the UK over the last couple of years has certainly been a great opportunity to see what work other groups are doing for the SKA.

Email: timothy.colegate@student.curtin.edu.au

Measuring the Effectiveness of Specialist Science Programs in Changing Student's Attitudes and Motivation, and Teacher's Confidence and Self-Efficacy Through Participation in Authentic Astronomy Research

Supervisors: AProf Marjan Zadnick, Prof David Treagust

Email: mark.gargano@student.curtin.edu.au

Culture, Cosmos and Landscape; Documenting , Learning and Sharing Indigenous Astronomical and Sky Knowledge in Contemporary Society

Supervisors: Prof Steven Tingay, David Norris, Kevin Cameron

Email: john.goldsmith@student.curtin.edu.au

High Fidelity Mapping And Calibration Of Earth's Ionosphere To Low - Frequency Radio Signals

Supervisor: Prof Mervyn Lynch

Email: david.herne@student.curtin.edu.au

A Low Frequency Array of Simple Radio Telescopes for the Detection of Solar X-Ray and Radio Flares, and the Study of the Ionosphere

Supervisor: Prof Steven Tingay

Email: c.lord@student.curtin.edu.au

Radiometric Receiver for Measuring Red-Shifted 21cm Hydrogen Monopole During EoR

Supervisor: Prof Steven Tingay

Email: mehran.mossammaparast@student.curtin.edu.au

The High Resolution Dynamic Radio Sky

Supervisor: Prof Steven Tingay

Email: divya.palaniswamy@student.curtin.edu.au

Applications of Wide-Field VLBI

Supervisor: Prof Steven Tingay

Email: hayden.rampadarath@student.curtin.edu.au

The connection between inflow and outflow around accreting stellar-mass black holes

Supervisor: Dr James Miller-Jones

Email: thomas.russell@student.curtin.edu.au

An Economical Survey Telescope to Study the Rate of Radio Astronomical Transient Events

Supervisors: Prof Steven Tingay, Dr Randall Wayth

Email: bruce.stansby@student.curtin.edu.au

Michael Todd

Transient Astronomy using the 1-metre Zadko Telescope

Supervisor: AProf Marjam Zadnik

During my undergraduate degree I was engaged in a research project in Optical Astronomy which involved working with Curtin University’s Meade optical telescope, conducting experiments and testing various pieces of equipment. My supervisor for this project was Professor Merv Lynch (Remote Sensing Group).

In 2009 I undertook Physics Honours and was engaged in Asteroid Tracking and Detection research using the 1 metre Zadko Telescope near Gingin in Western Australia. My supervisors for this project were Dr David Coward (UWA) and Assoc. Professor Mario Zadnik (Curtin).

What I enjoy most about this course is the variety of interesting experiments offered to students and learning about the latest developments in science.There is an amazing amount of ground breaking work being conducted right here in Western Australia and as a student I am offered the chance to be involved in current projects.

Email: michael.todd@student.curtin.edu.au