Professor Mark Birkinshaw

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

  • BS8 1TL

1991 …2020

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Personal profile

Research interests

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 black holes and showing signs of unusual activity.

In these areas I give professional and public presentations, but I also speak and write on more general astronomical and cosmological topics.

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Research Output

AGN feedback in the FR II galaxy 3C 220.1

Liu, W., Sun, M., Nulsen, P. E. J., Worrall, D. M., Birkinshaw, M., Sarazin, C., Forman, W. R., Jones, C. & Ge, C., 1 Mar 2020, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 492, 3, p. 3156–3168 14 p.

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    A high-resolution view of the jets in 3C 465

    Bempong-Manful, E., Hardcastle, M. J., Birkinshaw, M., Laing, R. A., Leahy, J. P. & Worrall, D. M., 17 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Evidence of AGN feedback and sloshing in the X-ray luminous NGC 1550 galaxy group

    Kolokythas, K., O'Sullivan, E., Giacintucci, S., Worrall, D. M., Birkinshaw, M., Raychaudhury, S., Horellou, C., Intema, H. & Loubser, I., 22 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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  • Activities

    • 3 - Research and Teaching at External Organisation
    • 1 Advisory work for/on national or international committee or working group
    • 1 Membership of external research organisation
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (External organisation)

    Mark Birkinshaw (Member)

    1 Jan 2010 → …

    Activity: Membership typesAdvisory work for/on national or international committee or working group

    Research collaborations

    Mark Birkinshaw (Contributor)

    1 Jan 2010 → …

    Activity: Other activity types - Research and Teaching at External Organisation

    Collaborations on Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect and mm-wave astronomy

    Mark Birkinshaw (Contributor)

    1 Jan 2007 → …

    Activity: Other activity types - Research and Teaching at External Organisation

    Supervised Work

    Extreme Jet Bends in Nearby Radio Galaxies

    Author: Rawes, J., 20 Jun 2017

    Supervisor: Birkinshaw, M. (Supervisor) & Worrall, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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