Involvement in Research Consortia

drawing Irish Low Frequency Array (I-LOFAR) I represent NUI Galway along with Dr. Matt Redman as part of the I-LOFAR collaboration. We recently contributed towards the assembly & operation of the REALTA ‘real time’ processing facility located at the telescope, with the help of Science Foundation Ireland & NUI Galway’s Research Office.
drawing POLLUX is a high-resolution, UV spectropolarimeter proposed for NASA’s successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, the Large UV Optical Infrared Surveyor (specifically LUVOIR-A, with a 15m diameter mirror). Lead by the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique Marseille and (LESIA) Observatoire de Paris with funding from CNES, POLLUX will provide spectropolarimetry in the NUV, MUV and FUV bands at unprecedented resolution. I am a member of the POLLUX Consortium.
drawing MAORY (Multi-conjugate Adaptive Optics RelaY) is one of the first light instruments for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), the 39 m diameter optical-infrared telescope ESO under construction at Cerro Macón in Chile. MAORY will provide critical adaptive optics technology to the MICADO near-infrared camera. I am a member of the team from NUI Galway’s Centre for Astronomy lead by Dr. Nicholas Devaney that recently joined the MAORY consortium.
drawing EMU (Evolutionary Map of the Universe) is an international collaboration using the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) survey radio telescope to generate a deep (~ 10μJy) 1.3 GHz continuum survey of the Southern Sky to +30° declination, with a principal focus on extragalactic objects as well as star formation, supernovae and overal structure of our Galaxy. I have been a consortium member since 2010.