Our astronomers are searching for millisecond explosions and bursts across our universe.
Fast radio bursts with ASKAP
Co-led at Swinburne, the Commensal Real-time Fast Transient (CRAFT) survey detects and localises fast radio bursts with the ASKAP array to both determine what causes FRBs and use them as cosmological probes.
UTMOST studies of FRBs and pulsars
The UTMOST telescope is a wide-field radio telescope with a powerful digital backend jointly operated by Swinburne and used to find and study radio pulsars and fast radio bursts.
Supernova in the early universe and the first stars
We developed a new approach that has discovered the most distant supernovae known, back when the universe was about 10 per cent of its current age, and that is capable of detecting the deaths of the first generation of stars to have formed after the Big Bang. These supernovae include the exotic superluminous supernovae and the long-sought-after pair-instability supernovae.
Kunlun Infrared Sky Survey is the first transient survey carried out in the near infrared. Kunlun Station is at Dome A on the Antarctic plateau and is operated remotely during the winter.
Zooming in on cosmic fireballs
When the dense, massive stellar remnants called neutron stars collide, the result is a fiery, radioactive train wreck that can be seen from hundreds of millions of light years away. This project uses radio telescopes spread across the earth working in unison to sift through the glowing wreckage to determine the nature of the collision.
The Deeper, Wider, Faster (DWF) program
DWF coordinates over 70 telescopes on every continent and in space at all wavelengths, including particle detectors, to detect and follow up fast (millisecond-to-hours duration), transients and very early transient detections in real time.