Louis Perenon

South African MeerKAT discovery of two Giant Radio Galaxies

We are thrilled to promote the new discovery led by Dr Jacinta Delhaize, a Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town, Dr Matthew Prescott, a Research Fellow at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), and Dr Ian Heywood, a senior researcher at the University of Oxford. Together with UWC professors Lerothodi Leeuw, Russ …

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Star Formation — the Tai Chi between Gravity, Turbulence and Magnetic Fields (Webinar, Friday 11th September @ 11:30)

Li Hua-bai (Chinese University of Hong Kong) Since 1980’s, astronomers realized that gravity, turbulence and magnetic fields may all take part in the process of star formation. But how exactly these three forces interact with each other and result in the observed, e.g., star formation rate, efficiency, and stellar mass distribution remains as one of …

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RADIOSKY2020 Italy-South Africa Research Programme (ISARP) Virtual Workshop (18 June 2020)

The University of the Western Cape (UWC)/Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA), Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF-IRA), and the Italian Embassy hosted the RADIOSKY2020 Workshop virtually on 18 June 2020. Find here a summary about the event https://www.idia.ac.za/radiosky2020-italy-south-africa-research-programme-isarp-virtual-workshop and here most presentations https://www.idia.ac.za/radiosky-2020-workshop/ Image Credit: Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, generated by …

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The Physics and Astronomy department welcomes Dr. Lerothodi Leeuw as a Professor

Congratulations to Lerothodi Leeuw! From the 1st of July, we are thrilled to be welcoming him at the department. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing from Columbia University in New York City, a Master of …

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The Physics and Astronomy department welcomes Dr. Michelle Lochner as a Senior Lecturer

Congratulations to Michelle Lochner! From the 14th of April, we are thrilled to be welcoming her at the department. She did her undergraduate in physics and maths at Rhodes University and moved on to do her honours with NASSP at UCT in 2010. She stayed at UCT for a masters in cosmology, later upgrading to …

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Importance of WN stars on the ionisation and chemical evolution of galaxies (Webinar, Friday 22nd May @ 11:30)

Arpita Roy (Australian National University) Massive stars are primary sources of chemical yields and mechanical and ionization luminosity budgets. Therefore, understanding massive stars’ evolution is crucial to have a complete understanding of the chemical and ionization evolution of galaxies. Moreover, with the advent of instruments like MUSE, JWST (upcoming), HST, etc., we have (/are going …

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Receiving Credit for Research Software (Webinar, Friday 15th of May @11:30)

Alice Allen (Editor of the Astrophysics Source Code Library – ASCL ascl.net) Journal articles detail the general logic behind new results and ideas, but often the source codes that enable these results remain hidden from public view and those who author these computational methods have not always received credit for their work. This presentation will …

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