Magnetic fields are invisible forces that control the movement of gas in everything from galaxy clusters to the Sun. In our own galaxy they contribute as much to the energy budget as gas motions and yet they are not well understood. Radio telescopes, such as the upcoming Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), have a unique ability to measure the strength and direction of complex magnetic fields in galaxies. In this project you will use new data from the Australia Telescope Compact Array to measure the strength and complexity of the magnetic fields in the vicinity of the Milky Way's Galactic Centre. You will work with new tools and techniques that are under development for ASKAP to answer questions like: Does the magnetic field vary? What determines the complexity of magnetic fields?
No special experience is needed for this project but a knowledge of programming, especially in python, would be helpful.