1. Searching for cosmic dawn from the sub-Antarctic

    Mon 11 Dec, 2017 @2.15PM, level 6 Liju Philip, PhD student University of KwaZulu-Natal Email: lijuphil[at]gmail.com Abstract Observations of the redshifted 21-cm signal of neutral hydrogen …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2017/12/06/searching-for-cosmic-dawn-from-the-sub-antarctic

  2. Pulsars

    Wed 7 Mar, 2018 @12PM, level 7 Dr. Stefan Oslowski, Laureate Fellowship Postdoctoral Research Fellow Swinburne University Email: stefanoslowski[at]swin.edu.au Abstract TBA

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2017/12/04/pulsars

  3. Neutrino cosmology

    Wed 28 Feb, 2018 @12PM, level 7 Dr Yvonne Wong, Senior Lecturer University of New South Wales Email: yvonne.y.wong[at]unsw.edu.au Abstract TBA

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2017/12/04/neutrino-cosmology

  4. Search for continuous gravitational waves from spinning neutron stars

    12 Dec, 2017 @1PM, level 7 Lilli Sun, PhD student University of Melbourne Email: lings2[at]student.unimelb.edu.au Abstract TBA

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2017/11/15/search-for-continuous-gravitational-waves-from-spinning-neutron-stars

  5. Weak Lensing in the Dark Energy Survey

    Tue 14 Nov, 2017 @3PM, level 7 Dr. Daniel Gruen, Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow SLAC / KIPAC / Stanford University Email: dgruen[at]stanford.edu Abstract The Dark Energy Survey …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2017/11/11/weak-lensing-in-the-dark-energy-survey

  6. Harnessing the Power of Gravitational Lensing

    Wed 08 Nov, 2017 @12PM, Geoff Opat room, level 6 Dr. Rachael Livermore, Postdoctoral fellow University of Melbourne Email: r.c.livermore[at]astro.as.utexas.edu Abstract The magnifying power of gravitational …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2017/11/07/harnessing-the-power-of-gravitational-lensing

  7. Insights into binary black hole formation from gravitational waves

    Wed 01 Nov, 2017 @12PM, Level 7 Dr. Simon Stevenson, OzGrav postdoctoral fellow Swinburne University Email: spstevenson[at]swin.edu.au Abstract In its first observing run (O1), Advanced LIGO …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2017/11/01/insights-into-binary-black-hole-formation-from-gravitational-waves

  8. Probing Fundamental Physics with Strong Gravitational Lensing

    Wed 25 Oct, 2017 @12PM, Level 7 Dr. Thomas Collett, Dennis Sciama Fellow Institute of Cosmology & Gravitation (ICG), Univ. of Portsmouth Email: thomas.collett[at]port.ac.uk Abstract Local …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2017/10/25/probing-fundamental-physics-with-strong-gravitational-lensing

  9. How standard is the standard candle?

    Wed 11 Oct, 2017 @12PM, Level 7 Prof. Jeremy Mould, Professor Swinburne University Email: jmould[at]swin.edu.au Abstract Over 25 years ago New York Times science writer Dennis …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2017/10/10/how-standard-is-the-standard-candle

  10. HI and metal absorption lines during the Epoch of Reionization

    Wed 04 Oct, 2017 @12PM, Level 7 Luz √Āngela Garcia, PhD student Swinburne University Email: lgarcia[at]swin.edu.au Abstract In this work, we study the epoch of Reionization …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2017/10/03/hi-and-metal-absorption-lines-during-the-epoch-of-reionization

  11. Stochastic gravitational waves in the reach of aLIGO?

    Wed 27 Sep, 2017 @12PM, Level 7 Prof. Csaba Balazs, Professor Monash University Email: csaba.balazs[at]monash.edu Abstract Based on a scalar singlet extension of the Standard Model …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2017/09/26/stochastic-gravitational-waves-in-the-reach-of-aligo

  12. The many lives of AGN II: the formation and evolution of radio jets and their impact on galaxy evolution

    Wed 20 Sep, 2017 @12PM, Level 7 Prof. Darren Croton, Professor Swinburne University Email: dcroton[at]astro.swin.edu.au Abstract In this talk i describe new efforts to model radio …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2017/09/11/the-many-lives-of-agn-ii-the-formation-and-evolution-of-radio-jets-and-their-impact-on-galaxy-evolution

  13. Shining a light on planetary processes

    Wed 13 Sep, 2017 @12PM, level 7 Dr. Helen Brand, Scientist – Powder Diffraction Australian Synchrotron Email: helen.brand[at]synchrotron.org.au Abstract Jarosites and related minerals are of great …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2017/08/18/shining-a-light-on-planetary-processes

  14. After GW150914: gravitational-wave astronomy in the era of routine detection

    Wed 30 Aug, 2017 @12PM, level 7 Dr. Eric Thrane, Senior Lecturer Monash University Email: eric.thrane[a]monash.edu Abstract The first detection of gravitational waves from merging black …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2017/08/18/after-gw150914-gravitational-wave-astronomy-in-the-era-of-routine-detection

  15. Modelling thermonuclear supernovae: how to blow up a white dwarf star

    Wed 09 Aug, 2017 @12PM, level 7 Dr. Stuart Sim, Lecturer/Associate Investigator (SkyMapper) Queen’s University Belfast, UK Email: s.sim[at]qub.ac.uk Abstract Aside from being spectacular displays in …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2017/08/18/modelling-thermonuclear-supernovae-how-to-blow-up-a-white-dwarf-star

  16. Galaxies at Cosmic Dawn: Exploring the First Billion Years with Hubble and Spitzer – Implications for JWST

    Wed 02 Aug, 2017 @12PM, level 7 Prof. Garth Illingworth, Professor University of California Santa CruzEmail: gedi[at]ucolick.org Abstract Hubble has revolutionized the discovery and study of …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2017/08/18/galaxies-at-cosmic-dawn-exploring-the-first-billion-years-with-hubble-and-spitzer-implications-for-jwst

  17. Tenure-track position

    Apply – deadline Monday, 16 Oct 2017 The School of Physics at the University of Melbourne is seeking the appointment of an outstanding female academic to …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2017/08/04/tenure-track-position

  18. Star formation quenching in cluster galaxies from integrated and spatially resolved spectra

    Abstract

    The distribution of galaxy properties such as colors, morphologies, and star formation rates is broadly bimodal, with early type galaxies being statistically red and quiescent, and late type galaxies being blue and actively star forming. When, why and how galaxies become passive is a crucial question in modern astrophysics, and might be related to both the galaxy intrinsic properties, and to the environment in which galaxies live. In particular, the cluster/denser environments are particularly efficient in quenching the star formation and therefore represent an ideal place where investigating galaxy properties. I will present the results that we obtained by studying a large sample of low-redshift clusters for which we have been able to characterize the different populations of galaxies on their way to become passive. I will also report on the Eso GASP Large Program, that is devoted to the study of a sample of cluster and field galaxies that show signatures of gas stripping at various degrees. GASP makes use of the MUSE IFU spectrograph at VLT, and has already observed ~50% of its targets. I will show the results that we have obtained so far for jellyfish galaxies, and I will briefly report on the emerging connection between jellyfish galaxies and AGN activity in cluster galaxies.

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2017/08/04/dr-_alessia_moretti-html

  19. HI and metal absorption lines during the Epoch of Reionization

    Abstract

    The distribution of galaxy properties such as colors, morphologies, and star formation rates is broadly bimodal, with early type galaxies being statistically red and quiescent, and late type galaxies being blue and actively star forming. When, why and how galaxies become passive is a crucial question in modern astrophysics, and might be related to both the galaxy intrinsic properties, and to the environment in which galaxies live. In particular, the cluster/denser environments are particularly efficient in quenching the star formation and therefore represent an ideal place where investigating galaxy properties. I will present the results that we obtained by studying a large sample of low-redshift clusters for which we have been able to characterize the different populations of galaxies on their way to become passive. I will also report on the Eso GASP Large Program, that is devoted to the study of a sample of cluster and field galaxies that show signatures of gas stripping at various degrees. GASP makes use of the MUSE IFU spectrograph at VLT, and has already observed ~50% of its targets. I will show the results that we have obtained so far for jellyfish galaxies, and I will briefly report on the emerging connection between jellyfish galaxies and AGN activity in cluster galaxies.

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2017/08/04/luz_angela-html

  20. Testing for tensions between datasets

    Testing for tensions between datasets

    In cosmology, as in other areas of astrophysics, we are constrained to make observations of unrepeatable events (such as the Big Bang), and so have to …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2017/06/06/colloquium-by-david-parkinson

  21. Welcome to the Astro Research Group!

    The Melbourne Astro group has weekly colloquia, group meetings, and journal clubs. Normal times and places can be found on the calendar here. A list of …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2016/06/24/welcome-to-the-astro-research-group

  22. International Year of Light 2015

    Stuart Wyithe will be giving one of the July lectures celebrating the International Year of Light 2015. More information is available here.

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2015/06/23/international-year-of-light-2015

  23. OzSKA: radio astronomy in the next decade

    The OzSKA meeting will be held in the Hercus Theatre, David Caro building at the University of Melbourne on 8-10 April 2015. The Square Kilometer Array …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2014/11/23/ozska-radio-astronomy-in-the-next-decade

  24. A/Prof Andrew Melatos Awarded

    A/Prof Andrew Melatos was recently awarded a 2014 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning by the Federal Government’s Office for Learning & Teaching. The award …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2014/10/16/aprof-andrew-melatos-awarded

  25. 2014 CAASTRO Annual Science Conference

    The 2014 CAASTRO Annual Science Conference “Supernovae in the local universe: Celebrating 10,000 days of supernova 1987”was held at Novatel Pacific Bay Resort, Coffs Harbour, New …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2014/09/23/2014-caastro-annual-science-conference

  26. Orange Pulsar Meeting 2014

    The 2014 Orange Pulsar Meeting will be held at the University of Melbourne on Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th and Friday 28th November, 2014. The meeting gathers …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2014/06/23/orange-pulsar-meeting-2014

  27. 2013 CAASTRO Annual Science Conference

    The 2013 CAASTRO Annual Science Conference: “Reionization in the Red Centre: New windows on the high redshift Universe”was held at the Ayers Rock Resort, Uluru-Kata Tjuta …

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2013/08/23/2013-caastro-annual-science-conference

  28. Under the Radar, the First Woman in Radio Astronomy, Ruby Payne-Scott

    Public Lecture by Professor W. Miller Goss, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Socorro New Mexico Wednesday 20th February Information Booklet

    astro.physics.unimelb.edu.au/2013/01/23/under-the-radar-the-first-woman-in-radio-astronomy-ruby-payne-scott