Hello! I’m an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE). I design, build, and use radio telescopes to study the universe around us. I work on the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA), and the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) in an effort to detect faint radio emission from the neutral gas between galaxies when the Universe was only about a tenth its current age – an epoch when stars and galaxies formed and began to ionize the gas around them. Learn more here.
The most excited science from the Epoch of Reionization will come from combining measurements from several probes. But matching the size scales measured by instruments like HERA and the James Webb Space Telescope will be a challenge. You can read about my efforts here.
Future radio telescopes will be made up of tens of thousands of antennas, all working together to observe the radio sky. There are many technological challenges that need to be overcome to realize these instruments. I am working on a novel correlator technology to alleviate the computation strain these telescopes will have, and we are in the process of deploying a prototype on the Lone Wavelength Array station in Sevilleta, NM. Check it out here.
I’m also leading a team of undergraduates to design a platform for a classroom budget radio telescope – the Completely Hackable Amateur Radio Telescope (CHART). Check it out in my teaching and outreach section.
I can be reached at Adam.Beardsley (at) asu.edu.