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Brodie Norfolk

Protoplanetary disks are a natural by-product of angular momentum conservation and gravitational collapse during star formation. They are hotbeds for planet formation that dissipate within typical times scales of ~2-3Myr. My PhD project will focus on the asymmetrical structures within objects in transition between gas-rich protoplanetary disks and gas-poor debris disks, namely transition disks. The core focus of my PhD is to explore these asymmetric structures with 7mm observations from the Australian Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) and (sub) millimetre observations from the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA), and model them using the radiative transfer code MCFOST. I also aim to develop learned machines that can recognise and classify unique disk features from an ever growing database of known protoplanetary objects. I have a B.Eng Hons (H1) in aerospace engineering (thesis title: Transient supersonic jets) and a BSc (astrophysics and applied mathematics majors) from Monash university, and currently work under the supervision of Prof. Sarah Maddison and Dr. Christophe Pinte.

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