Explosive Transients and other Energetic Events in the Sky by Associate Professor Patrick Woudt

  • From: March 25, 2014     To: August 22, 2014
Explosive Transients and other Energetic Events in the Sky by Associate Professor Patrick Woudt

Patrick Woudt, associate professor at the Department of Astronomy at UCT will give an overview of the kind of astrophysical processes – for example stellar explosions, the merger of compact stars and the disruption of stars in the proximity of a black hole – that give rise to transient signals. How new techniques in radio astronomy allow us to see the Universe in a new way will be explained as well.

Ahead of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in Africa the South African MeerKAT radio telescope array will perform a number of legacy style scientific surveys on what would be the most sensitive radio telescope in the southern hemisphere.

One of these legacy surveys (ThunderKAT) will use novel ways of searching for transient signals in the live data stream.

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