Professor Matthew Bailes
- Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology
- School of Science
- Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
- Swinburne Research
- Department of Physics and Astronomy
Professor Matthew Bailes is an Australian research Council Laureate Fellow and the Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGRav). He is a world leader in the discovery and timing of millisecond pulsars and has made pivotal contributions to the discovery of the Fast Radio Bursts – enigmatic millisecond-duration bursts of radio waves that strike the Earth many thousands of times per day and are of unknown origin.
Professor Bailes’ research mainly concerns developing instrumentation for time domain astrophysics and using it for pulsar and FRB discovery in conjunction with collaborators in Australia, Europe and the US. He is the Australian Champion of the Breakthrough Listen project with the Parkes 64m radio telescope. This project aimed to search (intelligently) for the existence of Extra-Terrestrial life with the Parkes 64m radio telescope in collaboration with the CSIRO and Berkeley. From 2017 he will lead the MeerTIME project that will use the new MeerKAT telescope to time radio pulsars as part of an international collaboration.
Professor Bailes founded the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne in 1998 and served as its Director for the first 12 years. His team developed a supercomputer for the 50 year-old Molonglo telescope to transform it into a pulsar timing and FRB discovery machine as part of the UTMOST project.
Astronomy; Pulsars; Square Kilometre Array; Supercomputing and information technology
Fields of Research
- Galactic Astronomy - 020104
- General Relativity And Gravitational Waves - 020105
- Cosmology And Extragalactic Astronomy - 020103
Also published as: Bailes, Matthew; Bailes, M.
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- 2014-12-30: Will climate change ever have its Sandy Hook moment? - The Conversation
- 2014-11-09: On Interstellar and real physics - The Conversation
- 2014-06-09: On the costs of mega-science projects - The Conversation
- 2013-07-04: Fast Radio Bursts: new intergalactic messengers - The Conversation
- 2013-05-15: On academic efficiency and the 2013 federal budget - The Conversation
- 2013-05-14: Federal budget 2013: expert reactions - The Conversation
- 2013-02-27: Smash the machine: digital monopolies have trapped you - The Conversation
- 2012-11-12: Can the mother of all supercomputers save us from Big Brother? - The Conversation
- 2012-10-31: Schrödinger’s Qur’an - a 2012 thought experiment - The Conversation
- 2012-06-13: Strength in numbers: do ERA rankings add up for universities? - The Conversation
- 2011-09-13: Diamond planets, climate change and the scientific method - The Conversation
- 2011-08-26: A planet made of diamond - Swinburne Media Centre
- 2011-08-26: Astronomers discover diamond planet - China Daily
- 2011-08-26: Astronomers discover diamond planet - ABC Radio
- 2011-08-26: Astronomers discover diamond-like planet in the sky - The Telegraph
- 2011-08-26: Astronomers discover planet made of diamond - ABC Online
- 2011-08-26: Astronomers discover planet made of diamond - West Australian
- 2011-08-26: Astrophile: The diamond as big as a planet - New Scientist
- 2011-08-26: Diamond planet catches astronomers eyes - ABC Star Stuff
- 2011-08-26: Diamond planet discovered by astronomers - Washington Post