Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Magnetic Universe (Unveiling interstellar and intergalactic magnetic fields with radio polarimetry and theoretical astrophysics)
Reporting period: 2017-01-16 to 2019-01-15
As an astrophysicist, my research involved using the world’s most powerful radio telescopes to study how light from distant galaxies has been subtly affected by the presence of magnetic fields along the line of sight. This has enabled me to study magnetic fields in the interstellar environment within our Milky Way Galaxy, and in the intergalactic medium in the depths of space beyond our Milky Way. My research involves data analytics, statistics, and theoretical physics to analyse and interpret findings, and to open new knowledge to humanity regarding the Universe we inhabit. Our understanding of interstellar magnetic fields still remains very limited, while there are practically no robust observational probes of intergalactic magnetism available. My research has sought to address these limitations. By seeking an understanding of how magnetic fields were generated and how they evolved in enormous structures like galaxies and beyond, we can better understand the evolution and possibly even the early formation of the Universe, connecting from the earliest time at the Big Bang across 13.7 billion years until today and the rich cosmic environment around us.
Public outreach: I participated in numberous public outreach activities including European Researchers Nights, local University and community forums, and delivering a public lecture at the Royal Astronomical Society in London which was recorded as in available online. I also assisted in the creation and delivery of a 1.5 week long educational program for 10 year olds from disadvantaged and special educational backgrounds, in collaboration with the charity Hand Of.