IRASR - Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research


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Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research

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Professor Sergei Gulyaev

Deputy Director

Tim Natusch

IRASR is the first (and only) radio astronomical institute in New Zealand.  It was founded in 2004.

The main objectives of the Institute:

  • to develop Radio Astronomy and its Earth Science applications in New Zealand 
  • to sustain the AUT Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory, develop its radio telescopes and deliver high-quality research outputs 
  • to develop trans-Tasman and global co-operation in Radio Astronomy and Space Science 
  • to prepare a foundation for New Zealand, together with Australia, to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA)
  • to develop Astronomy Major and support teaching Astronomy and Physics at AUT

To achieve these goals, we are engaged in:

  • development of new methods of supercomputing and broadband communication for Radio Astronomy and SKA
  • preparation of specialists in the field of Radio Astronomy capable of contributing to development of SKA and maintaining new generation of ICT and radio technology
  • establishment of sustainable co-operation with the world leading observatories and space agencies (NASA, ESA, JAXA, and others)

Last updated: 09 Jan 2012 9:40am

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Latest Publication

Alexander, J. and Gulyaev, S. 2012 On The Apparent Narrowing of Radio Recombination Lines at High Principal Quantum Numbers. Astrophysical Journal, v.745, p.194-199.

Radio Astronomy, Space Science and SKA

We are the only research institution in New Zealand with this research profile and were largely responsible for providing the basis for New Zealand to join the multi-billion dollar SKA project.