This project will search for nanohertz gravitational waves from binaries of supermassive black holes using Australia-based Parkes Pulsar Timing Array data.
A passing gravitational wave will affect the local space-time metric along the travel path of a radio wave emitted by a pulsar and can lead to observable fluctuations in its arrival time at the Earth. Pulsar timing arrays provide a unique means for the detection of gravitational waves from about 1 to 100 nanohertz. The first detection in this band is possible within a decade. The Parkes Pulsar Timing Array (PPTA) in Australia observes 26 millisecond pulsars at 2-3 weeks interval with regular monitoring commenced early 2005. PPTA is the world leader in nanohertz-frequency gravitational wave science. PPTA and its international counterparts in Europe and North America have also joined together to form the International Pulsar Timing Array (IPTA) collaboration.
The prospect student will join the PPTA collaboration and work on the following aspects
General UWA PhD entrance requirements can be found on the Future Students website.
After you have discussed your project with the research team leader you should be in a position to proceed to step two of the UWA application process: 'Lodge an application'.
Different procedures apply to domestic and international students.
The Australian Government's Endeavour Awards and Scholarships are available to Australian applicants for study in participating countries and regions.
A range of scholarships are available from international organisations and governments. The full list, organised by country, is available on the Future Students website.
In addition, all international students may apply for Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) and International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS).
The Australian Government's Endeavour Awards and Scholarships are available to international applicants from participating countries and regions.
Indigenous students are encouraged to apply for Indigenous Postgraduate Research Supplementary Scholarships.
All international and Australian students who wish to study towards the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at The University of Western Australia may apply for Forrest Scholarships.