Square Kilometre Array

Speaker: Dr Kris Adami, Research Fellow in the Oxford Radio Astronomy and Experimental Cosmology Group, Physics Dept, University of Oxford

What is the SKA?

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be a new generation radio telescope that has a discovery potential 10,000 times greater than the best present-day instruments. It will give astronomers remarkable insights into the formation of the early Universe, including the emergence of the first stars, galaxies and other structures. Internationally the SKA program is being progressed by a consortium of institutions from 20 countries. Designing such a telescope will require vigorous technological developments in computing, communications and radio frequency devices.

What will the SKA do?

It will enable astronomers to see the formation of the early Universe, including the emergence of the first stars, galaxies and other structures. This will shed light on the birth, and eventual death, of the cosmos. The SKA will also revolutionize other areas of astronomy and make unique contributions to basic physics, including the observation of extreme relativistic effects.