Our projects

Our projects

Macquarie University’s Research Centre for Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Astrophotonics brings together researchers and students to answer some of the big questions in Astrophysics. The centre has received the highest ranking in the latest Australian Research Council Excellence in Research for Australia.

Our academic staff, researchers and students are active across diverse specialties in the astronomical field including:

Observational astronomy

Wide-field astronomical surveys and optical/IR studies of the universe that help us understand how galaxies are born and develop over cosmic time, including studies of galactic structure and evolution. We enjoy close links with the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) that operates the 4m AAT at Siding Spring Observatory and CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science (CASS), which operates several radio telescopes across Australia.

Faculty: Joanne Dawson, Orsola De Marco, Richard McDermid, Matt Owers, Lee Spitler, Mark Wardle, Dan Zucker and Devika Kamath.

Theoretical astrophysics

Theoretical research into the processes driving planet and star formation and star binary interactions. Magnetic properties of the interstellar media and the Galactic centre.

Faculty: Mark Wardle, Orsola De Marco.

Astrophotonics and instrumentation

Using cutting-edge technology to build the next generation of instruments and telescopes to help us explore the galaxies. Our fields of work include: optical interferometry, diffraction-limited high-contrast imaging, integrated photonic and single-mode spectrographs, Fibre Bragg gratings, astronomical applications of direct laser write waveguides and smart focal plane technologies.

Faculty:  Christian Schwab, David Coutts

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