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Magnetic Universe

Unveiling interstellar and intergalactic magnetic fields with radio polarimetry and theoretical astrophysics

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Project "Magnetic Universe" data sheet

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Organization address
address: KINGS GATE
postcode: NE1 7RU

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-16   to  2019-01-15


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 Project objective

There is a pressing need to chart the origin, evolution, and impact of magnetic fields over the full 13.7 billion year history of the Universe, with implications for particle physics, cosmology, and astrophysics. Key to this endeavour is a detailed physical understanding of how galaxies have become magnetised and what role intergalactic magnetic fields play in shaping the Universe. To make progress, we need to observationally characterize properties such as the strengths and topologies of galactic and intergalactic magnetic fields. I propose a portfolio of ground-breaking research projects that will capitalise on the recently upgraded Jansky VLA radio telescope to provide new observational measurements of interstellar and intergalactic magnetic fields and elucidate their roles in shaping the Universe. A Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Research Fellowship will facilitate movement from my current position as an Assistant Scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in the USA to Newcastle University in the UK. This will enable me to acquire new expertise in theoretical astrophysics with a particular focus on magnetic dynamo mechanisms. This expertise is needed to interpret the observational findings of my research, maximize its impact, and enable me to establish an international leadership position in the study of cosmic magnetism. The move to Newcastle will enable me to develop my capabilities as a professional academic through engagement in student research supervision, classroom teaching, and public communication of science, facilitated by a variety of specialized training programs offered to University staff. Such training and opportunities are not available at my current position within an Observatory. As a result, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Research Fellowship will equip me with essential skills needed to compete internationally for faculty positions leading to my goal of becoming a full research and teaching Professor at a major University.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Christopher A. Hales
Calibration Errors in Interferometric Radio Polarimetry
published pages: 54, ISSN: 1538-3881, DOI: 10.3847/1538-3881/aa7aef
The Astronomical Journal 154/2 2019-05-09

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