Tom HassallI am a former PhD student of the University of Manchester, now working on pulsars and radio transients at the University of Southampton.
My ResearchLOFAR is a large new telescope based in Europe. Instead of using a single large dish LOFAR will combine the signals from thousands of small antennas from all over Europe. These antennas are inexpensive, easy to build and when combined will provide a much larger area to collect light with. This will result in a cheaper, more efficient and more sensitive instrument and it also lets you do some really cool stuff like looking in different directions at the same time!
It is my job to attempt to use LOFAR data to study pulsars. I am particularly interested in how emission from pulsars is changed by the interstellar medium on its way to Earth. Completely understanding the effects of dispersion, scattering and scintillation is vital for pulsar timing and detecting gravitational waves. For more information on my work please see my publications, recent talks or AJPODs. If you are REALLY interested, you can download my thesis here.
ContactJodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
Alan Turing Building
University of Manchester