Clive Dickinson

STFC Advanced Fellow and Reader of Astrophysics

Clive Dickinson

We have a wide range of top class researchers here at Manchester. The astrophysics group (Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics) is a world-leader in astrophysics, and in particular, radio astronomy.

We have a wide range of top class researchers here at Manchester. The astrophysics group (Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics) is a world-leader in astrophysics, and in particular, radio astronomy.

My research

I study the universe using radio waves. Radio telescopes allow us to see a wide range of astrophysical phenomena that are not visible at visible wavelengths. My main areas of research are cosmic microwave background, mapping large-scale structure using the 21cm line, and diffuse Galactic foregrounds.

One of the aspects of research I most enjoy is the freedom and excitement of doing something that no-one else has done before. Some of my career highlights include producing the most accurate CMB spectrum up to l=1500 with the VSA experiment, producing the first full-sky map of Galactic H-alpha, and leading a Planck mission paper that showed definitive evidence for spinning dust grains in the interstellar medium.

My teaching

I keep my teaching inspirational by trying to explain around the subject. For example, if I’m demonstrating the hydrogen mapping experiment, which uses a 1m radio dish, I explain how this is still a key area of research and allows us to study dark energy.

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