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HIRAX: Analysis, foregrounds and cosmological cross-correlations

Project: 
A central goal of current and future cosmological surveys is to uncover the nature of dark energy. The University of KwaZulu-Natal is leading the Hydrogen Intensity and Real-time Analysis eXperiment (HIRAX) project, which will comprise a compact array of around 1,000 small (~6m) dishes operating between 400 and 800 MHz. The primary aim of HIRAX is to map baryon acoustic oscillations (BAOs) in the cosmological 21cm intensity distribution over a significant fraction of the sky between redshifts 0.8 and 2.5, and thereby place strong constraints on the dark energy equation of state. The HIRAX project offers students the opportunity to train on cutting edge science, engineering, analysis and big data techniques in a South African-led project. The relatively short timescale for the full HIRAX survey makes it ideal for Hons and MSc projects. The project will also include student involvement in the analysis of data from the HIRAX 8-element and 128-element prototypes that will operate on the 1-3 year timescale.
Node This Project Is Offered On: 
(UKZN)

Supervisor

Kavilan
Moodley

Co-Supervisor

Requirements for students to address: 
Analytical and computational skills will be an advantage.
Research Area: 
Astrophysics


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