Lovell Lecture: Exploring the Cool Universe with the ALMA Telescope

9 Nov, 2017 - 9 Nov, 2017

Thursday 9th November, 7:30pm

Lovell Lecture:
Exploring the Cool Universe from the Andes with the ALMA Telescope

Dr. Adam Avison

The Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-mm Array (ALMA) telescope is a revolutionary array telescope located 5000m above sea-level in the Atacama Desert of Chile.

Comprising 66 individual dishes spread out over 14 kilometres, ALMA observes the Universe at millimetre and submillimetre wavelengths. This allows astronomers to study molecular gas and dust in objects from within our own Solar System all the way out to some of the earliest galaxies ever formed, at incredibly high resolution.

In this talk Adam will show some of the amazing science ALMA has done in its first few years of operation; from dust lanes carved out of disks by forming planets to a near perfect Einstein ring from a gravitationally lensed distant galaxy. He will also show off the technical wonder that is the ALMA telescope itself.

Adam is a research astronomer from the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester, where he is a member of the UK ALMA Regional Centre Node. He works there as a support scientist for the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-mm Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile, a world leading telescope observing at millimetre wavelengths, ensuring astronomers around the UK get the best out of their data from ALMA.

Adam’s research focuses on the how massive stars, those 8 or more times the mass of the Sun, are able to form (they shouldn’t really be able to) and the destructive impact they have on their birth places when they do!

When not thinking about astronomy, Adam can mainly be found walking his dogs, brewing beer and playing guitar.

Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions)
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Pre-Lecture dining in the Planet Pavilion Cafe

Pan roasted Hake, cauliflower cous cous, Ras el hanout tomatoes £14.50
Roast pheasant breast, pigeon terrine, barley & quince £14.50
Asian green vegetable broth, soba noodles & toasted almonds £10.50

Burnt pumpkin custard, gingerbread, black treacle butter £6.25
Dark chocolate fondant, caramel centre, vanilla bean ice cream £6.25
Selection of artisan cheeses, biscuits, celery, grapes and chutney £ 6.95