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Dr Andrew Rigby

Dr Andrew Rigby

Research Associate
Astronomy Group

School of Physics and Astronomy

+44 (0)29 2087 0115
N/3.25, Queen's Buildings - North Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA

My research interests are primarily focused on the processes which convert clouds of cold molecular gas and dust into stars. In my current role as a postdoctral researcher here at Cardiff, I am working with highly-sensitive observations of the emission from dust grains within the plane of  the Milky Way, made with the new NIKA2 camera on the IRAM 30m telescope in southern Spain. When combined with data from other observatories such as the Herschel Space Observatory, these observations provide a detailed view of how the densest parts of molecular clouds are organised. I am also heavily involved with a project called CHIMPS, and its successor CHIMPS2, a large-programme being carried out at the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in Hawaii. These projects combine as a large-area survey of the emission of carbon monoxide within the Milky Way, giving a high-resolution view of the distribution of molecular clouds across our own galaxy.