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Manly Astrophysics is a scientific institute dedicated to research in astronomy.

We focus on understanding astronomical data in terms of the underlying physics.

Our research is described in the "Projects" section, at a level suitable for non-specialists.


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It's a great pleasure to announce that we have some new staff members at the Institute. On 1st May we were joined by Dr Hayley Bignall and Dr Stefan Osłowski, and on 1st July by Dr Arthur Suvorov. They bring with them a diverse collection of skills and experience that is complementary to existing expertise, and which consolidates some of the scientific themes being pursued. Hayley's core expertise is in interstellar scintillation of radio quasars, and high angular resolution radio interferometry. Stefan's niche lies in state-of-the-art software and algorithms, with an emphasis on application to pulsar astronomy. Arthur's background is strongly mathematical, and to date he has been focused mainly on relativistic astrophysics. For more information about our staff you can look here.

These new appointments have been made possible by the generosity of our donors - thank you all! If you like the work we're doing, please help by making a donation; all donations of $2 or more are tax deductible in Australia.

Pictures of new staff members

In parallel with our increase in personnel the Institute is broadening its scientific engagement. Notably, Manly Astrophysics has just joined the MeerTime collaboration. MeerTime tackles a variety of research themes, all of which rely on pulsar timing observations made with the South African MeerKAT radio telescope.

MeerTime Logo

The collaboration is international and incorporates 16 institutes in 11 different countries. Although there is a common technical element, in that all projects under the MeerTime umbrella involve pulsar timing, there is nevertheless a great variety of specific scientific goals that are being pursued. Manly Astrophysics will contribute primarily through new analyses, software tools and techniques to characterise the influence of the interstellar medium on the pulses as they propagate from the source to the telescope. Through a detailed understanding of what happens to the signals en route we can learn a great deal about the interstellar medium, and we can get a clearer picture of the properties of the pulsars themselves.


MW 10th September 2021