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Prof Claude Carignan

Prof Claude Carignan

SKA South Africa Research Chair in Extragalactic Multi-wavelength Astronomy

MSc Physics, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada
PhD Astronomy, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
PDF Astronomy, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands

Research Interests

I am a SKA SARChI chair in the department of Astronomy of the University of Cape Town. I am also Emeritus professor at the Université de Montréal and adjunct professor at the Université de Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso. My main research interest is the study of dark matter in spiral and dwarf irregular galaxies using HI synthesis and optical Fabry-Perot interferometry observations. This allows, by constructing mass models, to study the density distribution of dark matter in galaxies.

Recently, I have been working on HI observations obtained with KAT-7, the precursor of MeerKAT, the South African SKA pathfinder. We are now getting ready for the first early science observations with MeerKAT that should start in mid-2017 and preparing the MHONGOOSE survey, due to start with he full MeerKAT array around mid-2018. I have also been involved in the development of large EMCCD detectors for photon counting applications. The first scientific CCD282 should be delivered around March 2016.


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