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 James Dawson

James Dawson

Research student, School of Physics and Astronomy

I am a postgraduate researcher in the Galaxy group at Cardiff Universty, supervised by Dr. Timothy Davis and Dr. Edward Gomez. I started my PhD in 2017 after graduating from Cardiff University with an MSc in Astrophysics.

As a member of the CDT, my current research focusses on Big Data and therefore the use of Machine Learning techniques. The primary goal is to aid our understanding of the gas kinematics of galaxies and develop fast pipeline tools in order to prepare for first light of the Square Kilometre Array. Studying molecular gas kinematics provides us with important information on star formation, central black hole activity, interactions with surrounding environments, galaxy merger dynamics, and more.

During my first year I focussed on generating velocity maps of galaxies (from hydrodynamical simulations) and feeding them into appropriate Machine Learning tools. These then predict how disturbed galaxies are, based on how they appear in the mm to sub-mm range. Currently I am refining these models for testing on ALMA, VLA and high resolution simulation data.

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Dr Timothy Davis

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow
Astronomy Group

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Dr Edward Gomez

Honorary Lecturer

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