Researcher

Professor Michael Charles Brewster Ashley

My Expertise

Astronomy; astrophysics

Fields of Research (FoR)

Astronomical and Space Instrumentation, Stellar Astronomy and Planetary Systems, High Energy Astrophysics; Cosmic Rays, Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Renewable Power)

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My Research Activities

Antarctic astronomy: this is the last great frontier for ground-based astronomy. My group at UNSW has taken a leading role in working towards large optical/infrared telescopes on the Antarctic plateau. We have successfully run instruments at the US South Pole station since 1994, and more recently at Dome C and Dome Fuji. Our current focus is a collaboration with China at the Kunlun Station at Dome A, the highest point on...view more


My Research Activities

Antarctic astronomy: this is the last great frontier for ground-based astronomy. My group at UNSW has taken a leading role in working towards large optical/infrared telescopes on the Antarctic plateau. We have successfully run instruments at the US South Pole station since 1994, and more recently at Dome C and Dome Fuji. Our current focus is a collaboration with China at the Kunlun Station at Dome A, the highest point on the Antarctic plateau.

Wide-field robotic telescopes: I am collaborating with Mansi Kasliwal's group at Caltech on the Gattini-IR project at Mt Palomar Observatory. This has led to a project called DREAMS led by Anna Moore at ANU to establish a wide-field infrared telescope at Siding Spring Observatory, and longer term plans for a cryogenic infrared telescope for Antarctica.

Instrumentation & computing: my long term interest has been in electronics and computing (both hardware and software) with the goal of building new and interesting astronomical instruments.

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Location

Room 137, Old Main Building

Contact

+61 2 9385 5465
+61 2 9385 6060

Publications

by Professor Michael Charles Brewster Ashley