Francis Bennet

Research projects

 A list of potential student research projects is available on the potential projects page.

NGC 628 is a nearby, face on spiral galaxy with well defined spiral arms. As part of this project, you will (1) Cross-correlate the star clusters from the LEGUS catalog with the SIGNALS HII region catalog and (2) Compare the age, size, and morphology of the star clusters with the size and extent of the HII regions.

Theme

  • Structure and evolution of the Cosmos

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People

This project aims to push laser tracking of space debris to a new level by using an ultra-fast Adaptive Optics system and a Laser Guide Star.

Theme

  • Instrumentation

This high-performance AO system is designed to overcome atmospheric turbulence which otherwise distorts images captured by a ground-based telescope.

Theme

  • Instrumentation

The Gemini High Resolution Optical SpecTrograph (GHOST) will be a new instrument from 2019 for the 8m Gemini South telescope in Chile.

Theme

  • Instrumentation

In this thesis, the student will help develop the next generation cosmology fitter. The project is suitable for students that have a strong interest in statistics and cosmology.

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The project is supported by the federal government's Australian Space Research Program (ASRP) and will use small-satellite technology provide a new communications infrastructure.

Theme

  • Instrumentation

Ambitious students will investigate optimal ways to measure the stellar properties (eg Teff, age, mass) and chemical composition of this immense amount of data.

Theme

  • Galactic archaeology
  • Stellar and planetary astronomy

The Australian Plasma Thruster (APT) will help deep-space probes travel for longer and further into space and be used to de-orbit satellites at the end of their lifetimes. The engine of the thruster will be based on ANU Professor Christine Charles's Helicon Double Layer Thruster (HDLT), which is the first of its kind in the world.

Theme

  • Instrumentation

The Computational Astrophysics Laboratory, or COALA, is a high-performance computing (HPC) system that is available to theorists and astronomers at RSAA. It is used for data analysis, numerical simulations, visualisation for public outreach, and for research training at the school.

Theme

  • Black hole phenomena
  • Galactic archaeology
  • Instrumentation
  • Stellar and planetary astronomy
  • Structure and evolution of the Cosmos

People

The Gemini High Resolution Optical SpecTrograph (GHOST) will be a new instrument from 2019 for the 8m Gemini South telescope in Chile.

Theme

  • Instrumentation

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People

Data archives

Theme

  • Black hole phenomena
  • Galactic archaeology
  • Instrumentation
  • Stellar and planetary astronomy
  • Structure and evolution of the Cosmos

Dust in the Milky Way affects astronomical observations. Here we try too improve our knowledge of its distribution.

Theme

  • Galactic archaeology

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People

Extending the OzDES AGN Reverberation Mapping Program to year 7 and beyond

Theme

  • Structure and evolution of the Cosmos

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People

In this project you will develop use and further develop the Chronostar tool to identify thousands of previously unknown young stars near the sun - ideal targets for future exoplanet detection campaigns.

Theme

  • Stellar and planetary astronomy

Even from our telescopes on the tops of high mountains, the Earth’s atmosphere blurs observations reducing their clarity.

Theme

  • Instrumentation