Curriculum Vitæ - Duncan Galloway

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School of Physics & Astronomy
Monash University
Victoria 3800, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 9905-4422
Fax: +61 (0)3 9905-3637
Mobile: +61 (0)414 139-763



My primary area of research interest is the nature and properties of neutron star binaries. A neutron star is the extreme product of a supernova explosion; the surface density, temperature, and magnetic field strength are all many orders of magnitude in excess of anything achievable on Earth. Accreting binaries, in which gas from a relatively normal stellar companion falls under gravity onto a neutron star, offer a unique window on some rich physics via satellite-based X-ray observations.

My research involves observational studies of thermonuclear (type-I) bursts, merging compact objects, and accretion-powered millisecond pulsars using ground- and satellite-based observatories, including GOTO, INTEGRAL, XMM-Newton, Chandra, Swift and the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR). The goals of these studies include improved understanding of the physical processes; measuring the rates of nuclear reactions (via collaboration with Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics Centre for the Evolution of the Elements, JINA-CEE); and constraining the uncertain neutron star equation of state.

I am the Monash PI of the Gravitational-wave Optical Transient Observatory (GOTO) project, with the goal of building a network of optical telescopes to respond to gravitational wave detections by the Advanced Laser Interferometric Gravitational-wave Observatory (aLIGO) Accreting binaries are also candidate gravitational wave sources, which may be detectable by aLIGO. I carry out optical and X-ray observations to improve the measured system parameters, which can lead to more sensitive searches for gravitational waves.

I am a CI of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGRav), which aims to capitalise on the historic first detections of gravitational waves to understand the extreme physics of black holes and warped spacetime.

I am broadly interested in astrophysical transient search and followup, and am a member of the Variables and Slow Transients (VAST) survey science project for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP).







Total of 80 publications in astrophysics (excluding conference proceedings) since 1998, with 2897 citations (as of 6th June 2018; source: NASA ADS). See also my Google scholar page

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