Dr Cameron Van Eck

PhD
Research Fellow
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Astronomical Sciences 5101
  • Galactic Astronomy 510104
  • Astronomical Instrumentation 510102

Research interests

Cameron specializes in the study of cosmic magnetism, with a focus on magnetic fields in the interstellar medium of the Milky Way, through observations of astrophysical radio emission. He works primarily on radio astronomy observations, particularly on the processing and analysis of such observations, as well as the development of improved analysis methods.

Biography

  • Senior Research Fellow, Australian National University (Sep 2022 - present)
  • Research Associate, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto (Aug 2018 - Aug 2022)
  • Postdoctoral researcher, University of Calgary (Mar - Aug 2018)
  • PhD student, Radboud University Nijmegen (Jan 2013 - Oct 2017)
  • MSc student, University of Calgary (May 2010 - Nov 2012)
  • BSc student, University of Calgary (Sep 2005 - Apr 2010)

Researcher's projects

Collaborations:

  • POlarization Sky Survey of the Universe's Magnetism (POSSUM)
  • Very Large Array Sky Survey (VLASS)
  • Global Magneto-Ionic Medium Survey (GMIMS)

 

Software tools:

  • RM-Tools: RM-synthesis, RM-clean and QU-fitting on polarised radio spectra
  • RMTable: standardized tables of Faraday rotation measures
  • PolSpectra: standardized tables of radio source polarization spectra
  • FRion: time-independent correction of ionospheric Faraday rotation

Available student projects

For specific projects, discuss directly with Cameron. In general, available projects focus on magnetic fields in the interstellar medium, and radio polarization observations for the measurement of these fields.

Projects are available with different focuses, depending on student interest:

  • Algorithm/software development (heavy programming focus/skill development)
  • (Radio) Astromical data analysis (heavy data focus/skill development)
  • Simulations of ISM/polarization behaviour (heavy simulation focus/skill development)

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