Award of the China-Chile Fellowship

I am truly honoured to have been awarded the China-Chile Fellowship. This joint fellowship award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) of Chile grants me numerous, exciting opportunities to … Read more

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Observing at APEX (Run #2)

Check out these 360 degree views of the APEX site on Chajnantor Plataeu! I took the images during my second observing run at APEX using the Google Street View app for the iPhone. You basically have to stand on one … Read more

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The Valparaíso ALMA Line Emission Survey

During my time in Chile, I’ve been working on a new survey. The Valparaíso ALMA Line Emission Survey (VALES) is a sample of main-sequence and starburst galaxies selected from the Herschel Astrophysical Terahertz Large Area Survey (H-ATLAS). The idea is … Read more

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Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array

I was thrilled to finally explore the ALMA Array Operations Site! The high site was high on my bucket list for Chile. Although I had already seen the ALMA Operations Support Facility, the base camp at 2900 m, a number … Read more

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Observing at APEX (Run #1)

In December, I spent a week collecting photons with the Atacama Pathfinder EXperiment. As a co-investigator on an approved proposal, I volunteered to join a small team of four astronomers that would use APEX during the scheduled Chilean observing time … Read more

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[NII] 205 μm line emission as an SFR tracer

My paper presenting the [NII] 205 – 24 μm correlation is now on arxiv. My original aim for this work was just to produce a short research note to support part of the methodology in my recent paper on the … Read more

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Solar Eclipse 2015

Today the Universe treated us to a superb view of a partial solar eclipse. The only solar eclipse I had previously witnessed was in August 1999, where the path of totality crossed Europe, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. … Read more

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Imaging the Moon with an iPhone

…attached to a 12-inch diameter telescope! Studying the night sky has been a passion since long before heading to university to study astrophysics. I’ve collected a number of telescopes over the years, including a 3-inch Cassegrain, 8-inch Dobsonian, and some … Read more

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The SPICA Mission

SPICA will be proposed as the next generation far-infrared space mission. After the success of the Herschel Space Observatory, particularly from the huge leaps in knowledge gained from the PACS and SPIRE spectroscopic observations, the next space mission should seek … Read more

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Gas properties from Herschel FIR spectroscopy

I’ve had a great time studying how far-infrared (FIR) lines probe interstellar gas properties. This week, I attended the 69th Dutch Astronomy Conference, held in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands. I presented a poster based on the latest work from my next … Read more

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