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Looking at a Career through a Gravitational Lens

25/07/2014

Chris Dilger with Assoc. Prof. Chris Fluke

Top ranking Yr 11 Astrophysics student Chris Dilger received a unique insight into the fascinating realms of Quasars, Black holes, Gravitational Micro-lensing and Early Type Dwarf Galaxies through a professional work placement offered to him by Swinburne University of Technology’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing in Melbourne last term.    

Chris looked at Cosmological Gravitational Micro Lensing and used research tools to cite specific data in gravitational lensing models, attended the Director’s lunch with a presentation on lossy compression of data cubes, explored techniques for time management in 3D modelling, attended a talk on Early Type Dwarf Galaxies, used subdivision modelling techniques and created a PowerPoint presentation to explain magnification maps as an additional resource for the GERLUMPH (magnification mapping) project – all in one week!   

Chris would like to sincerely acknowledge his appreciation towards Assoc. Prof Chris Fluke, Swinburne’s media production crew and researcher Dany Vohl for this highly inspiring and unforgettable experience.