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Celebrating Mopra: Looking to the Future Free Conference is closed
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Mopra_UNSW_2015
Affiliation University of New South Wales
School of Physics, UNSW, Sydney, Australia
08.12.2015 - 10.12.2015

Organizing institutions

University of New South Wales

School of Physics, Common Room (Rm 64)

https://www.physics.unsw.edu.au/about/visiting-physicsunsw

Main category Natural Sciences (Astrophysics and Astrononmy)
Conference/Workshop objectives

The workshop will celebrate the achievements of the 22m Mopra Radio Telescope near Coonabarabran and look towards its future.  Mopra is primarily used for spectral line measurements at millimetre-wave lengths, with three receivers covering the 18-28, 30-50 and 75-115 GHz bands.  It is also used for VLBI as part of the Australian Long Baseline Array (LBA).  The workshop will discuss the science that has been conducted with Mopra, and the plans for its future.

There will also be a satellite meeting on the JCMT and the East Asia Observatory on the first day (December 9).

Overall Program:

Dec 9: JCMT Workshop: 2-4pm

  • The telescope and its capabilities
  • JCMT - Science themes: proto-stellar / proto-planetary disks
  • JCMT - Science themes:galactic dust & star formation
  • JCMT - Science themes: sub-mm galaxies

Dec 10: Mopra Workshop Day 1. Sessions 10-12, 1-3, 3:30-5:30.

  • The Mopra telescope and its capabilities.
  • ISM science: molecules in galaxies and the life cycle of the gas.
  • High Energy astrophysics and the link to radio astronomy.
  • VLBI and Targets of Opportunity.

Conference Dinner

Dec 11: Mopra Workshop Day 2: Sessions 9-10:30, 11-1, 2-4.

  • Linkages to other radio facilities (e.g. MWA, ASKAP, UTMOST, Nanten2 and JCMT)
  • Mopra and its role in student training.
  • Opportunities and upgrades.
  • Round Table Discussion - planning for the future.​

Note that the Australian Exoplanet workshop is also being held at UNSW on Dec 9-10.  See http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/planets/FifthWorkshop2015/

Local organizing committee

Michael Burton (Mopra Workshop)

Jonty Marshall (JCMT Workshop)

Catherine Braiding

David Rebolledo

Domenico Romano

Elida Istiqomah

Matthew Freeman

Scientific organizing committee (SOC)

Michael Burton (UNSW)

Catherine Braiding (UNSW)

Gavin Rowell (Adelaide)

Anne Green (Sydney)

Balt Indermuehle (CSIRO)

Jonty Marshall (UNSW)

Sessions
  • The telescope and its capabilities.
  • ISM science: molecules in galaxies and the life cycle of the gas.
  • High Energy astrophysics and the link to radio astronomy.
  • VLBI and Targets of Opportunity.
  • Linkages to other radio facilities (e.g. MWA, ASKAP, UTMOST, Nanten2 and JCMT)
  • Mopra and its role in student training.
  • Opportunities and upgrades.
  • Round Table Discussion - planning for the future.
  • JCMT: The telescope and its capabilities
  • JCMT - Science themes: proto-stellar / proto-planetary disks
  • JCMT - Science themes:galactic dust & star formation
  • JCMT - Science themes: sub-mm galaxies
Programme
Invited speakers

Draft Program for the Workshop

Gavin Rowell (Adelaide)

John Dickey (Tasmania)

Joanne Dawson (Macquarie)

Catherine Braiding (UNSW)

Yasuo Fukui (Nagoya)

Troy Porter (Stanford)

Jessica Demsey (East Asia Observatory)

Fuyan Bian (ANU)

Important dates

November 27: Registration Closes.

 

 

December 9: JCMT Workshop: 2-4pm.

 

 

 

 

December 10: Mopra Workshop, Day 1: 10am - 5-30pm.

 

 

 

 

December 11: Mopra Workshop, Day 2: 9am - 4pm.

 

 

 

 

There will be a meal at a local restaurant on the evening of December 10.

 

 

 

 

The "Register for Conference" link at the top of the Registration page is now active.

 

 

Registration and payment information

Registration will be free.

Participants will need to pay for any meals.  The dinner at a local restauarant (December 10) will cost ~$30, with drinks extra from the bar.

If you would like to give a presentation please indicate the subject matter and give us a title and which of the sessions it is most appropriate for.

Please email Michael Burton (m.burton@unsw.edu.au) and copy to Jonty Marshall (jonty.marshall@unsw.edu.au) to register.  Let us know if you wish to book for the dinner (pizza & pasta).  The cost will be collected from you at the meeting (cash only please).

Registration deadline is Friday 27 November.

Conference venue

Common Room, Room 64

School of Physics,

University of New South Wales

Sydney, Australia

Hotel information

Participants need to make their own hotel reservations if needed.  Some suggestions:

Avonmore on the Park Boutique Hotel
34 The Avenue Randwick 2031
Phone: (61 2) 9399-9388 
Fax: (61 2) 9399-9488 
info@avonmoreonthepark.com.au
Single or Double from ~$160
25 minute walk to UNSW.

The Blenheim
26 Blenheim Street Randwick NSW 2031
Phone: (61 2) 8345-8400 
Fax: (61 2) 9326-7484 
reservations@theblenheimrandwick.com.au
Queen ~$155, King ~$165
10 minute walk to UNSW.

Perouse Lodge 
6 Perouse Road Randwick 2031
Phone: (61 2) 9314-6686 
Fax: (61 2) 9314-6806 
perouse@therandwicklodges.com
Single ~$110, Double ~$130
15 minute walk to UNSW. 

Royal Hotel 
2 Perouse Road Randwick 2031
Phone: (61 2) 9399-3006 
Fax: (61 2) 9399-8181 
royhotel@bigpond.net.au
Single ~$110, Double ~$140
15 minute walk to UNSW. 

Addison on Anzac
147 Anzac Parade Kensington 2033
Phone: 1800-336-336 
Fax: (61 2) 9313-6216
addisonsonanzac@ozemail.com.au
Single ~$115, Double ~$130
15min walk to UNSW.

Low cost options:

Alison Lodge
138 Alison Road Randwick 2031, Phone: (61 2) 9399 3883, Fax: (61 2) 9399 3041, reception@alisonlodge.com.au, Single ~$60, Double ~$70. 25 minute walk to UNSW. 


High Cross Park Lodge and Avoca Lodge
info@therandwicklodges.com
Single ~$90, Double ~$100
Both are about a 15 minute walk to UNSW.

St. Mark's Lodge
37 Rae Street Randwick 2031
Phone: (61 2) 9310-0752 
reception@stmarkslodge.com.au 
30 minute walk to UNSW. 

Hostels:

Surfside Backpackers
186 Arden Street Coogee 2034
Phone: (61 2) 9315-7888 
Fax: (61 2) 9365-4994 
Single ~$50, Double ~$60
45 minutes walk to UNSW.


The Lamrock Lodge
19 Lamrock Ave Bondi Beach 2026
Phone: (61 2) 9130-5063 
Fax: (61 2) 9300 9582
admin@lamrocklodge.com
Single ~$35, Double ~$55
30 minute bus ride from Bondi to UNSW.

You could also try wotif.com 

Travel information

Airport:

UNSW Kensington campus is about a 7km drive from the domestic terminal at Sydney airport. A taxi from the airport will cost about $25. Alternatively, it is possible to take a train and bus to just outside Kensington campus in about 40 minutes for about $10.

Public transit:

Buses run to Anzac Parade at UNSW from the Central rail station, the CBD, the eastern beaches, western Sydney and southern Sydney. More details about buses and train including timetables and routes etc. are available on the Sydney buses website.

A quick summary of the relevant buses are:
Bus numbers to and from Central Station to UNSW: 393, 395, 891, 895
Bus number to and from the South and Western city: 370

Parking:

There is free street parking a short distance from the School of Physics (e.g. down Willis St, Willis Ln, Forsyth St, and Middle St) though the very closest street parks are only 1-2hr zones. There is plenty of parking available in UNSW e.g. in the parking building accessible off Barker st., at around $15/day. These "pay and display" parking areas are monitored and rules are strictly enforced.

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Michael Burton

Session: ISM science: molecules in galaxies and the life cycle of the gas.

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30.09.2015
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Catherine Braiding
Caption:
G320-330: A comparison along the sector of the Galactic Plane from l=320°-330° of the atomic hydrogen from the SGPS (top; McClure-Griffiths et al. 2005), $^{12}$CO from our Mopra CO survey (middle; Braiding et al. 2015) and $^{12}$CO from the original Dame et al. (2001) survey (bottom). The effect of the improvement in resolution, a factor of ~10 angular and spectral dimensions, is dramatic.
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Rebecca Blackwell

Session: High Energy astrophysics and the link to radio astronomy.

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11.12.2015
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Video of current Mopra 12CO and 13CO CMZ datacubes as shown at the UNSW December 2015 Mopra Workshop.
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Rebecca Blackwell

Session: High Energy astrophysics and the link to radio astronomy.

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11.12.2015
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Video of the current Mopra CMZ 12CO and 13CO in position-velocity space, as shown at the UNSW December 2015 Mopra Workshop.
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Catherine Braiding

Session: ISM science: molecules in galaxies and the life cycle of the gas.

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10.12.2015
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Michael Burton, et al.
Abstract:
The molecular gas survey of the southern galactic plane is being conducted with the Mopra millimetre-wave telescope in Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia. The survey is designed to map the distribution and dynamics of the carbon monoxide molecule (CO) along a 105 degree sector of the Galactic Plane, from l=265—360°. The principal scientific motivation is to understand how molecular clouds are formed in space.
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Stephanie Pointon

Session: High Energy astrophysics and the link to radio astronomy.

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11.12.2015
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Gavin Rowell
Abstract:
The HESS sources HESS J1614-518 and HESS J1616-508 have yet to be associated with any potential accelerator such as supernova remnants, pulsar wind nebulae, Wolf-Rayet stars or stellar clusters. We use the recently available Mopra CO survey to conduct a first look study into the molecular gas towards the HESS sources to attempt to understand the hardonic situation.
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Rebecca Blackwell

Session: High Energy astrophysics and the link to radio astronomy.

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11.12.2015
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Slides for ten minute presentation given at the December 2015 Mopra Workshop. Includes summary of the Mopra CMZ CO observations to date, and example videos of the current data (listed separately on Science Media).
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Domenico Romano

Session: ISM science: molecules in galaxies and the life cycle of the gas.

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11.12.2015
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General description of a ring-like molecular structure discovered in the G332 sector, located at a V(lsr) = ~ -50 km/s with a minimum spectral width of ~7 km/s, at a distance of 3.7 kpc from Earth. The ring is observed in the 12CO, 13CO, C18O lines of the MopraCO Survey, and in the CI line measured from the HEAT telescope in Antarctica. Deeper investigation are ongoing to better characterise the physics of the ring and the related features interacting with the molecular structure
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erik muller

Session: The telescope and its capabilities.

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Date of upload:
11.12.2015
Co-author:
Indermuehle, Balthasar; O'Dougherty, Stefan N.; Lowe,Vicki; Cunningham, Maria; Hernandez,Audra K.; Fuller, Gary A. Nguyễn, Hans; Nguyễn Lu'o'ng, Quang; Martin, Peter G.;Lo, Nadia; Motte, Frédérique
Abstract:
We present ThrUMMS - The Three-millimetre Ultimate Mopra Milkyway Survey - A complete survey of molecular mass within the Galactic Plane's 4th quadrant: 300-360 degrees longitude, and ±1 degree in latitude, simultaneously in four transitions: 12CO(1-0), 13CO(1-0), C18O(1-0), and CN(1-0). Obtained with the Mopra telescope in beam-sampling mode (~1 arcmin), these wide-field and high-resolution data (improving on extant published surveys by a factor of ~50 in SDR) are freely available for community use as processed or raw data. The product dataset samples approximately one third of the CO luminosity of our Galaxy, is already employed in recent studies of the Galactic molecular population, and is part of several international partner collaborations (using Nobeyama, APEX and JCMT, and in a different capacity; ALMA) designed to explore more fully the nature of molecular material within and throughout our Galaxy. A radiative transfer analysis applied to the ThrUMMS data already demonstrates the wide diversity of temperatures, opacities, and column densities of the Galactic molecular cloud population, and truly highlights regions of the Galaxy that are most massive/warm/opaque within the ensemble. Most interestingly though, we find the measured CO mass in our Galaxy should be corrected upwards by a factor of 2-3, an effect that seems to have gone unnoticed previously in lower resolution, single transition, and/or targeted surveys. Our new conversion law should find wide applicability in both Galactic and extragalactic studies, and suggests a much longer gas-depletion timescale in disk galaxies like the Milky Way, as well as radical revisions to Kennicutt-Schmidt type scaling laws in such disks.
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Gavin Rowell

Session: High Energy astrophysics and the link to radio astronomy.

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12.12.2015
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Abstract:
Update on the status of TeV gamma-ray astronomy of the Milky Way, status of CTA, and a look at ISM survey requirements.
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Miroslav Filipovic

Session: Round Table Discussion - planning for the future.

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17.12.2015
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Abstract:
AAL Multi Messenger Working Group
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Michael Burton

Session: JCMT - Science themes: sub-mm galaxies

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Date of upload:
17.12.2015
Co-author:
Fuyan Bian
Abstract:
Sub-millimetre Galaxies (SMGs) with the JCMT
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Catherine Braiding

Session: Opportunities and upgrades.

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17.12.2015
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Abstract:
Celebrating Crowd Funding with Mopra #TeamMopra
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Michael Burton

Session: JCMT - Science themes:galactic dust & star formation

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17.12.2015
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Some science ideas for the JCMT connected with studies of the Milky Way Galaxy
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Michael Burton

Session: The telescope and its capabilities.

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Date of upload:
17.12.2015
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Abstract:
Introduction to the workshop on the JCMT and Mopra
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Joanne Dawson

Session: ISM science: molecules in galaxies and the life cycle of the gas.

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Date of upload:
17.12.2015
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Abstract:
Snapshots in the Life and Death of Molecular Clouds
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Balthasar Indermuehle

Session: Opportunities and upgrades.

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Date of upload:
17.12.2015
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Abstract:
Mopra: Ideas for Future Operations - turning challenge into opportunity
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Balthasar Indermuehle

Session: The telescope and its capabilities.

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17.12.2015
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Abstract:
Mopra Update
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Michael Burton

Session: VLBI and Targets of Opportunity.

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Date of upload:
17.12.2015
Co-author:
John Dickey
Abstract:
VLBI with Mopra: 2016-2018
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James Lau

Session: High Energy astrophysics and the link to radio astronomy.

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Date of upload:
17.12.2015
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Abstract:
Interstellar gas towards the VHE gamma-ray sources HESS J1640-465 and HESS J1641-463
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Michael Burton

Session: ISM science: molecules in galaxies and the life cycle of the gas.

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Date of upload:
17.12.2015
Co-author:
Yasuo Fukui
Abstract:
Supernova remnants, cosmic rays and the interstellar medium
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Michael Burton

Session: Round Table Discussion - planning for the future.

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17.12.2015
Co-author:
Phil Edwards
Abstract:
CASS’s future role
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Michael Burton

Session: The telescope and its capabilities.

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17.12.2015
Co-author:
Phil Edwards
Abstract:
A short history of Mopra: A tale of MUM & SIS, their MOPS & MUG, FUDD, VSOP & TOAD
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Phoebe de Wilt

Session: High Energy astrophysics and the link to radio astronomy.

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17.12.2015
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12mm Overlap with Galactic TeV emission
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Michael Burton

Session: High Energy astrophysics and the link to radio astronomy.

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Date of upload:
17.12.2015
Co-author:
Troy Porter
Abstract:
Observations of the Inner Milky Way by the Fermi Large Area Telescope
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Fabien VOISIN

Session: High Energy astrophysics and the link to radio astronomy.

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Date of upload:
17.12.2015
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Abstract:
Molecular gas studies towards PWNe
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Michael Burton

Session: ISM science: molecules in galaxies and the life cycle of the gas.

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Date of upload:
17.12.2015
Co-author:
Serena Viti
Abstract:
Astrochemistry with Mopra
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Nigel Maxted

Session: High Energy astrophysics and the link to radio astronomy.

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21.12.2015
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Gavin Rowell, Matthieu Renaud, Phoebe de Wilt, Fabien Voisin, Yasuo Fukui, Michael Burton, Andrew Walsh, Akiko Kawamura, Andrew Walsh, Akiko Kawamura, Felix Aharonian
Abstract:
We present the results of molecular spectral line observations towards Supernova Remnants such as W28, RX J1713.7-3946 and HESS J1731-347. These remnants exhibit TeV gamma-ray emission, beacons for the presence of enhanced populations of high energy particles. It follows that these objects may accelerate Galactic cosmic-ray protons via the diffusive shock mechanism, but knowledge of the environment local to such remnants is required to constrain such scenarios. The Mopra radio telescope is ideal for probing the interstellar environments of HESS gamma-ray sources through large-scale molecular line surveys. Mopra can be employed to hunt for dense gas-tracing CS and NH3 transitions to identify potential cosmic-ray target material, while simultaneously searching for shock-tracing SiO emission lines which can directly highlight shock-disrupted gas. Furthermore, spectral line width gives an insight into gas dynamics and Mopra is capable of measuring this at a ~1' resolution over degree-scale regions. We present results from recent 7 and 12mm surveys towards the above-mentioned TeV-emitting Supernova Remnants and discuss the implications for distance, the diffusion of cosmic-rays and the high energy gamma-ray spectrum.
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Hidetoshi Sano

Session: ISM science: molecules in galaxies and the life cycle of the gas.

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25.12.2015
Co-author:
Y. Fukui, K. Torii, A. Ohama, K. Hasegawa, Y. Hattori, H. Yamamoto, K. Tachihara, A. Mizuno, T. Onishi, A. Kawamura, N. Mizuno, A. Kuwahara, A. Mizuno and NANTEN2 consortium
Abstract:
Cloud-Cloud Collisions
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Michael Burton

Session: JCMT: The telescope and its capabilities

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07.02.2016
Co-author:
Jessica Dempsey
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An overview of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii and the East Asia Observatory
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Michael Burton

Session: The telescope and its capabilities.

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Workshop poster for "Celebrating Mopra: looking to the future", held at the University of New South Wales in Sydney on Dec 9-11, 2015. Also including a workshop on the JCMT and the East Asia Observatory.
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