Professor Sarah Maddison
Professor of Astrophysics
- Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology
- School of Science
- Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
- Department of Physics and Astronomy
- SPS115 Hawthorn campus
I am the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Innovation and Change), leading strategic academic innovation and change, and supporting STEM transformation at Swinburne. I am also a professor of astrophysics and my main area of interest is planet formation, which I study both observationally and via computer simulations.
I lead the planets group in the Swinburne Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing, and we are involved in a range of projects which study the evolution of dust in planet forming disks around young stars, as well as surveying the dust content of these disks in the solar neighbourhood. We use a range of numerical codes (N-body, hydro, thermodynamical, radiative transfer) and telescopes (Australia Telescope Compact Array, Sub-Millimetre Array, Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) to study the formation and evolution of protoplanetary disks and the dust in these disks, as well as planetary dynamics and planet-disk interactions.
I sit on a number of national & international committees, including the women in physics committee of the Australian Institute of Physics, the Square Kilometre Array 'Cradle of Life' Science Working group, and the Australian Research Council's College of Experts.
I am the founder and past chair of the women in astronomy chapter of the Astronomical Society of Australia and the International Astronomical Union working group for women in astronomy, and currently member of the women in physics committee of the Australian Institute of Physics. I am the Swinburne lead for the Science Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot, run by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. I am also involved in a range of outreach activities, including the 3D AstroTour program at Swinburne and the CSIRO Scientists In Schools program.
Astronomy; Planet formation; Star formation; Extrasolar planets
PhD candidate and honours supervision
Higher degrees by research
Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.
PhD topics and outlines
Testing planetesimal collision models with debris disk observations: Planets form through the collisions of asteroid-like bodies. The only way to see these large bodies is via the dust grains they produce via collisions. The student will join an international team conducting the PLATYPUS survey with the Australia Telescope Compact Array to study intrinsic properties of debris disks and test predictions of collisional models of planetesimals.
Available to supervise honours students.
Fields of Research
- Stellar Astronomy And Planetary Systems - 020110
Star and Planet Formation
- 2014, National, NOVA award, Open Universities Australia
- 2012, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award (Higher Education), Swinburne University of Technoogy
- 2012, National, Office of Learning & Teaching Citation , Office of Learning & Teaching
Also published as: Maddison, Sarah; Maddison, S.; Maddison, S. T.; Maddison, Sarah T.
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- 2013-07-12: Pictures of home - The Age
- 2012-04-29: Venus transit not to be missed - Fairfax Science
- 2010-11-15: Disks of dust point to cosmic births - Swinburne Media Centre
- 2010-06-24: Interview with Sarah Maddison - Swinburne Astronomy Online - Share Astronomy
- 2010-06-07: Dusty simulations may reveal rocky planets - ABC Science
- 2009-10-17: Planet Formation - Radio National
- 2009-10-15: Planets form out of dirty stars - ABC Science
- 2009-09-10: Exoplanets - ABC TV - Cataylst
- 2009-02-13: Maps of Moons far side give new clues to its origin - Cosmos Magazine
- 2008-09-29: Blast furnace holds key to earths birth - Science Alert
- 2008-06-10: Steel may reveal Earths beginning - Science Alert