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Major Projects

The Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing is involved in a number of major research projects of significant importance.


Pulsar Software Archive

PSRCHIVE consists of a suite of useful programs and a C++ development library for use in the storage and analysis of the observational data commonly encountered in experimental pulsar astronomy. It implements an extensive range of tools for use in pulsar timing, scintillation studies, polarimetric calibration, single-pulse work, RFI mitigation, etc.

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GEMS (Group Evolution Multiwavelength Study)

The GEMS project is a collaboration involving groups at Birmingham, Liverpool John Moores, Melbourne, Nottingham, Sussex and Swinburne Universities. Our aim is to combine data taken in a variety of wavebands, to study the properties of galaxy groups and the galaxies within them. Comparing these properties with cosmological simulations and evolutionary models, will improve our understanding of the way in which galaxies evolve within the environment in which they are most commonly found.

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SAGES (Study the Astrophysics of Globular clusters in Extragalactic Systems)

The aim of the project is to investigate the formation and evolution of globular clusters and their host galaxies. This problem is tackled using high resolution imaging from the Hubble Space Telescope, ground-based imaging, and multi-object spectroscopy with the Keck Telescopes.

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The Wigglez Project

Using the AAOmega instrument on the AAT, we will measure redshifts for 400,000 galaxies and hence the clustering of matter at redshift z ~ 0.75. This clustering, or `baryonic wiggle', is a relic of the Big Bang and provides a measurement of the Dark Energy content of the Universe

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Hubble Treasury Survey

The Hubble Space Telescope's survey of the Coma galaxy cluster - the richest local cluster of galaxies - involves some 50 research astronomers from 11 nations. At the heart of the project is an HST Treasury Program designed to survey both the core and outskirts of the cluster. The astronomers are undertaking research into dwarf and giant galaxies, globular and nuclear star clusters, massive black holes and more.

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