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Shivani Bhandari

This project involves transforming Australia's largest radio telescope, Molonglo Radio Telescope, into wide-field camera capable of performing precision pulsar timing of multiple pulsars, radio sky mapping and searching the radio sky for fast radio bursts. The main goal is the commissioning of this large-scale project to achieve these cutting edge science goals.For this project, it will be necessary to cope with the hostile environment of Radio Astronomy.Main challenges involve detection and excision of radio frequency interference, phase the array to ultimately create tied array beams and radio maps using the output of the supercomputer. My science goals are related to the synthesis imaging using Molonglo, and also include the localisation of new pulsars that are being discovered at Parkes, large-scale structure in red-shifted HI.I am also part of the High Time Resolution Universe surveys (HITRUN) and Surveys for Pulsars and Extragalactic Radio Burst (SUPERB).

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