What is the CRC?
The Centre for Radio Cosmology (CRC) is funded by the South African SKA Project and led by Prof Mario Santos. It aims to fully exploit the use of the next generation of radio telescopes for measurements in cosmology, in particular with MeerKAT and SKA1.
The CRC at UWC is active in research on cosmology with the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and its precursors. CRC staff is closely involved in the South African and international SKA projects. About 10 postdoctoral researchers and 10 PhD/MSc students are doing their research within the CRC.
What are its goals?
The main focus of CRC is the development of pipelines and technical know how in order to have a world-leading group capable of conducting the required radio surveys and tackle the huge data volumes that will be provided by these telescopes and ultimately provide exquisite cosmological constraints.
More information on the CRC’s mission in a recent UWC Astro press release on the establishment of the CRC.
Key Observing Instrumentation:
The CRC aims to fully exploit the use of the next generation of radio telescopes for measurements in cosmology – in particular with South African experiments using MeerKAT, HERA (see figure below) and SKA. When completed, the SKA will be the largest radio telescope in the world, and one of the largest and most powerful observing instruments ever built.