SKA & Fast Radio Bursts
Dec 06, 2019 12:30 PM
Jean-Pierre Macquart
SKA & Fast Radio Bursts

Jean-Pierre Macquart received his PhD in theoretical astrophysics from the University of Sydney in 2000 before embarking for a position at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and then moving to the United States as a Jansky Fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and at the California Institute of Technology.  He returned to Australia in 2008 to join a fledgling radio astronomy group at Curtin University and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR).  Throughout his career he has been interested in some of the most extreme phenomena in the Universe, especially pulsars and supermassive black holes.  

He has developed new ways to understand the emission from these enigmatic objects, while creating techniques that use them to eke out the properties of the otherwise elusive matter that their radiation travels through in interstellar and intergalactic space.  Jean-Pierre is a principal investigator of the team that uses the Australian SKA Pathfinder to study the bright millisecond-timescale flashes known as fast radio bursts.  He spends inordinate amounts of time grappling with their baffling properties, and using them as cosmic weigh stations to examine the vast reservoir of matter that exists in between galaxies.

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