|School of Mathematics & Physics|
Discipine of Physics
Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology
|John Dickey is the
physics and astronomy, who arrived in July, 2004. John's research area
is radio spectroscopy of the Milky Way and nearby galaxies. His
specialty is 21-cm line studies of the atomic hydrogen in the
interstellar medium. By comparing emission and absorption in the 21-cm
line, Professor Dickey has derived the temperature of the interstellar
gas in the Milky Way, the Magellanic Clouds, and in nearby galaxies
such as M31 and M33.
Professor Dickey is the principal investigator on the Southern Galactic Plane Survey, a large project to survey the 21-cm emission and absorption from the inner Milky Way galaxy using the Australia Telescope National Facility telescopes at Parkes and Narrabri, NSW, as well as Northern Hemisphere telescopes like the Very Large Array and Green Bank Telescope in the US and the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Canada. This project has recently detected a spiral structure in the far outer galaxy that had not been identified before.
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