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Galaxy clusters for Transients in the Local Universe using MeerLICHT

Project: 
A complete mapping of the nearby (<100 Mpc) Universe is essential to understand the population of transients. It is out to these distances that merging neutron star – neutron star binaries can be detected in gravitational wave detectors; that the highest energy cosmic rays detectable on Earth must originate; and where individual stars and stellar populations inside their host galaxies can be resolved. Major galaxy clusters concentrations have been detected in the Norma and Centaurus regions, but these are partially hidden by intervening dust in our Milky Way Galaxy. Using deep optical-red data from the MeerLICHT telescope, the VPHAS+ project and the VVV project, in conjunction with SALT/SAAO spectroscopy and MeerKAT radio imaging of the Galactic Plane, the MSc project will focus on the identification of galaxy members of the Norma and Centaurus clusters behind the plane of the Milky Way.
Node This Project Is Offered On: 
(UCT)

Supervisor

Paul
Groot

Co-Supervisor

Patrick
Woudt
Requirements for students to address: 
field observations at the SAAO Sutherland site
Research Area: 
Astrophysics


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