Australian Institute of Physics
South Australian Branch
Dr Frank Briggs
Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Mount Stromlo.
"Exploring the Dark Age with radio telescopes in Australia"
At radio wavelengths, Australia is well positioned to participate in these observational studies, since its remote areas are ideal sites for building radio telescopes that will be free from the radio polution that limits the sensitivity in most of the rest of the world. Indeed, projects to apply new technologies to radio astronomical instrumentation in the Australian outback are underway.
Frank Briggs is a professor at Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysis at Mount Stromlo. He holds a joint appointment at the Australian National University and the Australian Telescope National Facility of the CSIRO. He previously held positions at the Kapteyn Institute at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University of Pittsburgh (USA).
Briggs' research interests focus on the structure and evolution of galaxies as traced by radio observations of the neutral hydrogen gas. He is active in supporting plans for new telescopes, such as the Square Kilometre Array, and he is a strong proponent for construction of the Low Frequency Demostrator, a radio telescope array of novel design that has been proposed for a site in Western Australia by an international consortium of universities and the ATNF.
Professor Frank Briggs (right) taking questions from the audience.