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Presented on ZOOM 9th August at 7pm
ABOUT THE LECTURE: The next ten years promises to be one of the most exciting decades in observational astrophysics with next ground based and space observatories opening up. This year the James Webb Space Telescope will be launched and next year there will be a number of new X-ray observatories launched. Together these will look a diverse set of problems from the earliest galaxies to how neutron stars work. In the longer term in 2025 the European Extremely Large Telescope will start operations as will the Square Kilometer Array radio telescope. What new insights are they expected to bring. This broad ranging talk will examine what are questions which these new observatories will address.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Professor Andy Shearer
Dr Andy Shearer graduated from University of London with a BSc in Astronomy in 1975. He subsequently obtained an MSc(1978) and PhD(1980) in Cosmic Ray Physics from Durham University. He worked as a post-doc in Bristol University and in Industry before taking up a research position in Experimental Physics department University College Galway in 1991. In 1996 he was appointed as a lecturer in the Information Technology Department at the renamed National University of Ireland, Galway.
In 2005 he founded the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) and was its first Director. His research interests cover high-performance computing, grid computing, medical and astronomical imaging processing, modelling astrophysical plasmas and high-time resolution astronomical observations. He has a specific interest in optical observations of rotation-powered pulsars. His group is credited with the discovery of optical pulsations from two out of the five of the known optical pulsars. Over the past twenty years Professor Shearer has been involved in alots of public engagement and outreach events the main thrust of my work has been to bring astronomy (and Physics) to a much wider community.
Essentially using astronomy as vehicle to bring greater awareness of the work the department do in the University. Part of his thinking was to make the university more accessible and a place for everyone.