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Professor Mark Birkinshaw

Professor Mark Birkinshaw

Professor Mark Birkinshaw
M.A., Ph.D.(Cantab.), C.Phys., M.Inst.P., F.R.A.S.

William P. Coldrick Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics

Office 3.15
HH Wills Physics Laboratory,
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 928 8775

Research summary

I work on the large-scale structure of the Universe and the properties of the massive objects contained within it, using both observation and theory. I am particularly known for making the first detections of the change in brightness of the microwave background radiation caused by inverse-Compton scattering in clusters of galaxies (the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect), and in demonstrating how this effect can be used to measure cosmological parameters.

I worked on NASA's Chandra satellite before launch, and use it and other space-based and ground-based telescopes from X-ray to optical to radio bands to study galaxies, especially those hosting massive ...

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Recent publications

  • Umetsu, K, Sereno, M, Lieu, M, Miyatake, H, Medezinski, E, Nishizawa, AJ, Giles, P, Gastaldello, F, McCarthy, IG, Kilbinger, M, Birkinshaw, M, Ettori, S, Okabe, N, Chiu, I-N, Coupon, J, Eckert, D, Fujita, Y, Higuchi, Y, Koulouridis, E, Maughan, B, Miyazaki, S, Oguri, M, Pacaud, F, Pierre, M, Rapetti, D & Smith, GP, 2019, ‘Weak lensing Analysis of X-ray-selected XXL Galaxy Groups and Clusters with Subaru HSC Data’. Astrophysical Journal.
  • , Lacy, M, Baum, SA, Chatterjee, S, Deustua, S, English, J, Farnes, J, Gaensler, BM, Gugliucci, N, Hallinan, G, Kent, BR, Kimball, A, Lazio, TJW, Marvil, J, Mao, SA, Medlin, D, Mooley, K, Myers, S, Osten, R, Rosolowsky, E, Rudnick, L, Schinzel, F, Sivakoff, GR, Sjouwerman, LO, Wrobel, J, Beasley, AJ, Berger, E, Bhatnagar, S, Birkinshaw, M, Bower, GC, Brandt, WN, Burke-Spolaor, S, Butler, BJ, Demorest, PB, Giacintucci, S, Golap, K, Guth, T, Hiriart, R, Horesh, A, Ivezic, Z & others 2019, ‘The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array Sky Survey (VLASS). Science case, survey design and initial results’. Astrophysical Journal.

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