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A collection of lectures and presentations delivered by Swinburne staff and guest presenters.

Latest Episodes

Things that go bump in the night: fast radio bursts and the search for life beyond Earth (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Presented by Dr Daniel C Price on 22nd February 2019. Thanks to new, more powerful technology, astronomers can search the skies faster and with more resolution than ever before. In this public lecture, I will talk about two exciting fields in astronomy: the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), and Fast Radio Bursts. The SETI field has been reinvigorated by the 10-year, $100M Breakthrough Listen initiative to search for intelligent life beyond Earth. As a project scientist for Breakthrough Listen, I will introduce the program and detail how we are using new technology to run the most comprehensive search for intelligent life beyond Earth ever undertaken. I will also discuss a mysterious phenomenon known as fast radio bursts: incredibly bright but short-lived signals from distant galaxies, which escaped detection until recently. Could these signals be due to intelligent aliens, or is there an astrophysical explanation? I will give an overview of how a telescope upgrade wil...

49 MIN2019 FEB 22
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Things that go bump in the night: fast radio bursts and the search for life beyond Earth (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Breakthrough! The detection of gravitational waves from a neutron star merger (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Presented by Assoc. Prof. Tara Murphy on 23 November 2018. On August 17th 2017 the LIGO-Virgo interferometer detected gravitational waves from a neutron star merger in a galaxy 130 million light years away. This was a breakthrough for physics and astronomy. What followed was a frenzy of activity as astronomers around the world worked to detect electromagnetic radiation with conventional telescopes. After this unprecedented effort the event was detected in gamma-rays, x-rays, visible light and radio waves. I will discuss this incredible scientific result and its implications, including: predictions made by Einstein; the production of gold and other heavy elements; and our understanding of black hole formation. I will also give a 'behind the scenes' perspective of how it happened, and discuss the changes in the way we do science in this era of big astronomy.

54 MIN2018 NOV 26
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Breakthrough! The detection of gravitational waves from a neutron star merger (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

The rapidly growing world of Indigenous astronomy (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Presented by Dr Duane Hamacher and Krystal De Napoli on 1st June 2018. The subject of Indigenous astronomy has skyrocketed in recent years all around the globe. A constant stream of emerging research is changing what we think we know about Aboriginal knowledge systems in Australia and the number of Aboriginal students studying astrophysics is rapidly growing. This lecture will introduce you to one of these students, Kamilaroi woman and astrophysics student Krystal De Napoli, and the research she and Dr Duane Hamacher are conducting with other Aboriginal researchers on topics ranging from Moon haloes, Sun Dogs, and supernovae to the antiquity of deep time oral traditions based on astronomical and geological evidence - even the official naming of Aboriginal stars by the IAU. This talk will explore the many ways in which Indigenous Australians encoded scientific information in their knowledge systems and some of the ways in which they pass this knowledge to successive generations.

68 MIN2018 NOV 21
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The rapidly growing world of Indigenous astronomy (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Hidden Features: Discovery space in a reluctant Universe (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Presented on 19 October 2018 by Dr Michelle Cluver. The more we learn about the universe, the mosre it tends to surprise us. This is one of the most exciting aspects of science - making unexpected discoveries! In this talk I will present some recent scientific discoveries I have been involved with and discuss why these and other discoveries have us so excited about the Square Kilometre Array Pathfinders, MeerKAT and ASKAP.

59 MIN2018 OCT 19
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Hidden Features: Discovery space in a reluctant Universe (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Deeper, Wider, Faster: Chasing the fastest bursts in the Universe (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Presented by Assoc. Prof. Jeff Cooke on 11 May 2018. When you look up a the night sky, it appears static and unchanging. However, a closer look using telescopes finds it to be wildly violent. Objects explode, erupt and burst on all time scales, from millions of years to months to milliseconds. Many of these events have been studies in great detail but the fastest have been the most difficult to catch largely because of the technological limitations. This presentation will discuss these fast bursts and our program to catch them.

63 MIN2018 JUN 11
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Deeper, Wider, Faster: Chasing the fastest bursts in the Universe (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Cosmic mirages: seeing dark matter with gravitational lenses (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Presented by Prof. Mike Hudson on 16th March 2018. Most of the matter in the Universe is dark matter: an elusive particle that is completely invisible. But we can “see” this matter by studying how it distorts the light from galaxies in the distant Universe, a phenomenon called gravitational lensing. I will give a whirlwind tour of gravitational lensing’s “greatest hits” showing how it can be used as a tool to understand some of the most mysterious things in the Universe: from black holes to the “cosmic web” of dark matter that links galaxies together.

56 MIN2018 MAR 15
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Cosmic mirages: seeing dark matter with gravitational lenses (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Indigenous Studies Project Showcase

A reflection of Swinburne's Indigenous Studies projects and programs, led by Professor Andrew Gunstone.

61 MIN2018 MAR 14
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Indigenous Studies Project Showcase

The fast radio burst mystery (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Presented by Dr Emily Petroff on 9 February 2018.Most things in the universe happen over millions or even billions of years but some things change on the timescales of human life and can be seen to change in a matter of months, days, or even seconds. These sources are called transients and are some of the most extreme events in the Universe, things like the collapse of a dying star, or a collision of two massive objects. Humans have been observing astronomical transients for centuries, from supernovae to gamma ray bursts and, most recently, gravitational waves, but recent advances in telescope power and technology mean we’re observing more and more transients each year and even finding new types. In 2007 we discovered a brand new type of transient called fast radio bursts (FRBs), bright radio pulses that last only a few milliseconds. Their origin is one of the newest unsolved mysteries of astronomy but it is clear they are produced in tremendously energetic processes, possibly even...

63 MIN2018 FEB 8
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The fast radio burst mystery (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Seeing double - Looking at the Universe with gravity's eyes (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Presented by Dr Thomas E. Collett on Tuesday 14 November 2017.Einstein's theory of general relativity predicts that light rays are bent when they travel past a massive object. In this talk, we will explore tests of this prediction and view some of the spectacular consequences of light bending: gravitational lenses. These gravitational lenses let us directly measure where the mass is in the Universe, and the results imply that the Universe is mostly made of an exotic substance called dark matter.

65 MIN2017 NOV 13
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Seeing double - Looking at the Universe with gravity's eyes (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Barbara Dicker Oration 2017 - Exploring the links of reward with mania and depression

In the 2017 Barbara Dicker Oration Professor Sheri L Johnson, a distinguished professor at the University of California, Berkley, gave us a unique insight into exploring the links of rewards with mania and depression and understanding the relationship between reward pursuit and mood disorders. This Barbara Dicker Oration was held on 11 October 2017.

55 MIN2017 OCT 10
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Barbara Dicker Oration 2017 - Exploring the links of reward with mania and depression

Latest Episodes

Things that go bump in the night: fast radio bursts and the search for life beyond Earth (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Presented by Dr Daniel C Price on 22nd February 2019. Thanks to new, more powerful technology, astronomers can search the skies faster and with more resolution than ever before. In this public lecture, I will talk about two exciting fields in astronomy: the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), and Fast Radio Bursts. The SETI field has been reinvigorated by the 10-year, $100M Breakthrough Listen initiative to search for intelligent life beyond Earth. As a project scientist for Breakthrough Listen, I will introduce the program and detail how we are using new technology to run the most comprehensive search for intelligent life beyond Earth ever undertaken. I will also discuss a mysterious phenomenon known as fast radio bursts: incredibly bright but short-lived signals from distant galaxies, which escaped detection until recently. Could these signals be due to intelligent aliens, or is there an astrophysical explanation? I will give an overview of how a telescope upgrade wil...

49 MIN2019 FEB 22
Comments
Things that go bump in the night: fast radio bursts and the search for life beyond Earth (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Breakthrough! The detection of gravitational waves from a neutron star merger (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Presented by Assoc. Prof. Tara Murphy on 23 November 2018. On August 17th 2017 the LIGO-Virgo interferometer detected gravitational waves from a neutron star merger in a galaxy 130 million light years away. This was a breakthrough for physics and astronomy. What followed was a frenzy of activity as astronomers around the world worked to detect electromagnetic radiation with conventional telescopes. After this unprecedented effort the event was detected in gamma-rays, x-rays, visible light and radio waves. I will discuss this incredible scientific result and its implications, including: predictions made by Einstein; the production of gold and other heavy elements; and our understanding of black hole formation. I will also give a 'behind the scenes' perspective of how it happened, and discuss the changes in the way we do science in this era of big astronomy.

54 MIN2018 NOV 26
Comments
Breakthrough! The detection of gravitational waves from a neutron star merger (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

The rapidly growing world of Indigenous astronomy (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Presented by Dr Duane Hamacher and Krystal De Napoli on 1st June 2018. The subject of Indigenous astronomy has skyrocketed in recent years all around the globe. A constant stream of emerging research is changing what we think we know about Aboriginal knowledge systems in Australia and the number of Aboriginal students studying astrophysics is rapidly growing. This lecture will introduce you to one of these students, Kamilaroi woman and astrophysics student Krystal De Napoli, and the research she and Dr Duane Hamacher are conducting with other Aboriginal researchers on topics ranging from Moon haloes, Sun Dogs, and supernovae to the antiquity of deep time oral traditions based on astronomical and geological evidence - even the official naming of Aboriginal stars by the IAU. This talk will explore the many ways in which Indigenous Australians encoded scientific information in their knowledge systems and some of the ways in which they pass this knowledge to successive generations.

68 MIN2018 NOV 21
Comments
The rapidly growing world of Indigenous astronomy (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Hidden Features: Discovery space in a reluctant Universe (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Presented on 19 October 2018 by Dr Michelle Cluver. The more we learn about the universe, the mosre it tends to surprise us. This is one of the most exciting aspects of science - making unexpected discoveries! In this talk I will present some recent scientific discoveries I have been involved with and discuss why these and other discoveries have us so excited about the Square Kilometre Array Pathfinders, MeerKAT and ASKAP.

59 MIN2018 OCT 19
Comments
Hidden Features: Discovery space in a reluctant Universe (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Deeper, Wider, Faster: Chasing the fastest bursts in the Universe (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Presented by Assoc. Prof. Jeff Cooke on 11 May 2018. When you look up a the night sky, it appears static and unchanging. However, a closer look using telescopes finds it to be wildly violent. Objects explode, erupt and burst on all time scales, from millions of years to months to milliseconds. Many of these events have been studies in great detail but the fastest have been the most difficult to catch largely because of the technological limitations. This presentation will discuss these fast bursts and our program to catch them.

63 MIN2018 JUN 11
Comments
Deeper, Wider, Faster: Chasing the fastest bursts in the Universe (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Cosmic mirages: seeing dark matter with gravitational lenses (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Presented by Prof. Mike Hudson on 16th March 2018. Most of the matter in the Universe is dark matter: an elusive particle that is completely invisible. But we can “see” this matter by studying how it distorts the light from galaxies in the distant Universe, a phenomenon called gravitational lensing. I will give a whirlwind tour of gravitational lensing’s “greatest hits” showing how it can be used as a tool to understand some of the most mysterious things in the Universe: from black holes to the “cosmic web” of dark matter that links galaxies together.

56 MIN2018 MAR 15
Comments
Cosmic mirages: seeing dark matter with gravitational lenses (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Indigenous Studies Project Showcase

A reflection of Swinburne's Indigenous Studies projects and programs, led by Professor Andrew Gunstone.

61 MIN2018 MAR 14
Comments
Indigenous Studies Project Showcase

The fast radio burst mystery (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Presented by Dr Emily Petroff on 9 February 2018.Most things in the universe happen over millions or even billions of years but some things change on the timescales of human life and can be seen to change in a matter of months, days, or even seconds. These sources are called transients and are some of the most extreme events in the Universe, things like the collapse of a dying star, or a collision of two massive objects. Humans have been observing astronomical transients for centuries, from supernovae to gamma ray bursts and, most recently, gravitational waves, but recent advances in telescope power and technology mean we’re observing more and more transients each year and even finding new types. In 2007 we discovered a brand new type of transient called fast radio bursts (FRBs), bright radio pulses that last only a few milliseconds. Their origin is one of the newest unsolved mysteries of astronomy but it is clear they are produced in tremendously energetic processes, possibly even...

63 MIN2018 FEB 8
Comments
The fast radio burst mystery (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Seeing double - Looking at the Universe with gravity's eyes (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Presented by Dr Thomas E. Collett on Tuesday 14 November 2017.Einstein's theory of general relativity predicts that light rays are bent when they travel past a massive object. In this talk, we will explore tests of this prediction and view some of the spectacular consequences of light bending: gravitational lenses. These gravitational lenses let us directly measure where the mass is in the Universe, and the results imply that the Universe is mostly made of an exotic substance called dark matter.

65 MIN2017 NOV 13
Comments
Seeing double - Looking at the Universe with gravity's eyes (Free Astronomy Public Lectures)

Barbara Dicker Oration 2017 - Exploring the links of reward with mania and depression

In the 2017 Barbara Dicker Oration Professor Sheri L Johnson, a distinguished professor at the University of California, Berkley, gave us a unique insight into exploring the links of rewards with mania and depression and understanding the relationship between reward pursuit and mood disorders. This Barbara Dicker Oration was held on 11 October 2017.

55 MIN2017 OCT 10
Comments
Barbara Dicker Oration 2017 - Exploring the links of reward with mania and depression
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