Prof.dr. Thijs van der Hulst

Prof.dr. Thijs van der Hulst
University of Groningen
Astronomy
http://www.rug.nl/staff/j.m.van.der.hulst/

 

 

 

 

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Background/Biography

The research project of Prof. Dr. Thijs van der Hulst aims at unraveling the role neutral hydrogen plays in the evolution of galaxies by using the new wide field radio camera APERTIF on the Westerbork radio telescope. APERTIF is able to scan large areas of the Northern Sky for the signals of neutral hydrogen from thousands of galaxies in the nearby Universe.

The revolutionary radio camera APERTIF widens the existing ?eld-of-view of the telescope by more than a factor 30. This enables collecting data for several thousands of galaxies instead of just a few hundred. APERTIF was developed by the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON). Astronomers at the Kapteyn Institute are working closely with ASTRON to prepare the science programme for APERTIF. They build upon a long tradition of using radio telescopes to image the neutral hydrogen in galaxies.

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