Gavin Rowell

Professor Gavin Rowell

Professor

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology


My research interests centre on high energy astrophysics and astronomy with gamma-ray telescopes at around TeV (10^12 eV) energies and above (via memberships of the HESS and CTA facilities). Complementary studies in other wavebands are also a key interest with a particular emphasis on studies of the interstellar medium towards GeV/TeV gamma-ray sources using mm and sub-mm radio telescopes, and, the study of gamma-ray transients sources with radio and optical telescopes.

Research Interests

- High energy astrophysics and astroparticle physics
- Origin of cosmic-rays and electrons
- Origin of unidentified gamma-ray sources
- Supernova remnants
- X-ray binaries, microquasars, pulsars, magnetars
- Stellar clusters
- Interstellar medium towards TeV gamma-ray sources
- Multiwavelength studies (millimetre especially and X-rays) of TeV gamma-ray sources
- Design of new gamma-ray telescopes
- Analysis methods in gamma-ray astronomy
- Monitoring of transient high energy sources

- Lead Australian researcher for the HESS and CTA facilities

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2020 - ongoing Professor (continuing) University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2019 Associate Professor (continuing) University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2014 Senior Lecturer (continuing) The University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2012 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2006 - 2011 ARC QE-II Fellow University of Adelaide
    2002 - 2006 Max Planck Research Fellow Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics
    2000 - 2002 von Humboldt Research Fellow Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics
    1997 - 1999 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow University of Tokyo
    1995 - 1997 Research Scientist (Infrared Surveillance) Defence Science and Technology Organisation
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2021 Fellowship ASA - Astronomical Society of Australia University of Adelaide Australia
    2021 Fellowship Australian Insitute of Physics (AIP) University of Adelaide Australia
    2006 Fellowship QEII Fellowship University of Adelaide Australia
    2000 Fellowship vonHumboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics Germany
    1997 Fellowship JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Tokyo Japan
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    German Can read and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia PhD
  • Research Interests

Funding Body Funding Scheme Amount Date Investigators
ARC Linkage Infrastructure LE210100015 $1,680,000 2021-26 Rowell, et al.
ARC Discovery DP200100784 $350,000 2020-22 Rowell, Filipovic, Einecke
ARC Linkage Infrastructure LE170100104 $1,390,000 2017-2021 Rowell, et al.
ARC Linkage Infrastructure LE160100094 $150,000 2016 Burton, Rowell et al.
ARC Linkage Infrastructure  LE150100070 $270,000 2015 Rowell, Burton et al.
ARC Linkage Infrastructure LE120100158 $750,000 2012-2016

Burton, Rowell, Dawson et al.

ARC Discovery DP120100158 $315,000 2012-2014 Burton, Rowell, Hollenbach
ARC Linkage Infrastructure LE110100038 $150,000 2011 Burton, Rowell et al.
ARC ARC Discovery DP1096533 $130,000 2010-2012 Rowell, Dawson, Aharonian
ARC

ARC Discovery DP0662810 (QE-II Fellowship)

$657,000 2006-2011 Rowell
NCRIS Astronomy Australia Ltd. (for CTA) $95,000 FY 2016/17 Rowell, et al.
NCRIS Astronomy Australia Ltd. (for CTA) $95,000 FY 2017/18 Rowell, et al.
NCRIS Astronomy Australia Ltd. (for CTA) $30,000 FY 2018/19 Rowell, et al.
NCRIS Astronomy Australia Ltd. (for CTA) $100,000 FY 2019/20 Rowell, et al.
NCRIS Astronomy Australia Ltd. (for CTA) $100,000 FY 2020/21 Rowell, et al.
Teaching/Supervision

- Honours astrophysics (gamma-ray and cosmic-ray detection; the interstellar medium

- Honours Fourier Methods

- Third year physics (statistical mechanics)
- Second year astrophysics (space science and astrophysics)

- Second year physics: Physics IIA Practicals

- First year physics: Astronomy (past)
- First year physics: Physics for Life and Earth Sciences (Waves, Sound, Modern Physics) (past)
- First year physics: Physics, Principles and Applications (Thermal Physics) (past)

- Current Students (2021): 5 PhDs (principal supervisor), 4 PhDs (co-supervisor), 1 MSc
 

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Co-Supervisor High Energy Astrophysics and Gamma-Ray Data Analysis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Robert Christian Koenig
    2021 Principal Supervisor The Origins of Cosmic Rays in Supernova Remnants Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Adnaan Rizwan Thakur
    2021 Co-Supervisor Unveiling the Galactic Neutrino Sky Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ryan Thomas Burley
    2020 Principal Supervisor Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), HESS, ISM Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Rami Nafea B Alsulami
    2019 Principal Supervisor High Energy Gamma Ray Research Using the HESS Telescopes/CTA Observatory Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Tiffany Anne Collins
    2019 Co-Supervisor Data Analysis Methods in Gamma-Ray Astronomy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Simon Alan Theodor Lee
    2019 Principal Supervisor High Energy Gamma Ray and Cosmic Ray Astronomy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Peter David Marinos
    2017 Co-Supervisor Determining the Microphysical and Optical Properties of Clouds Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Thomas Edward Chambers
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Application of Importance Sampling for Point Source Analysis with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Ryan Thomas Burley
    2018 - 2022 Co-Supervisor The Origin of Galactic TeV Gamma Ray Sources Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Kirsty Mia Feijen
    2017 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Probing the Gamma-ray Emission from HESS Source RX J1713.7-3946 Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Andrew Nicholas Curzons
    2017 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Studies of TeV Gamma-Ray Sources in the Hydrogen-Alpha Optical Line Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Rami Nafea B Alsulami
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Studies of the Interstellar Medium Towards Dark TeV Gamma-ray Sources Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time James Cheuk-Heng Lau
    2014 - 2016 Principal Supervisor A Study of the Interstellar Medium towards the VHE gamma-ray sources HESS J1614-518 and HESS J1616-508 Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Stephanie Kate Pointon
    2011 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Environment Studies of Pulsar Wind Nebulae and their Interactions with the Interstellar Medium Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Fabien Voisin
    2009 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Quantifying Australian Atmospheric Properties for a Gamma-Ray Observatory to Operate at Energies Greater than 10 TeV Master of Science Master Full Time Mr Tristan William Sudholz
    2009 - 2013 Principal Supervisor The Cold, the Dense and the Energetic: Cosmic Ray Bombardment of Molecular Cores Near Supernova Remnants Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nigel Maxted
    2008 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Cloudy Ammonia: A Multi-Wavelength Molecular Line Survey of the Molecular Clouds Surrounding the W28 Supernova Remnant Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Brent Patrick Nicholas
    2007 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Design Studies for a Multi-TeV Gamma-Ray Telescope Array: PeX (PeV eXplorer) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jarrad Denman
    2005 - 2010 Co-Supervisor New Timing Analysis Techniques in Multi-TeV Gamma-Ray Astronomy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Victor Stamatescu
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83138374
  • Email: gavin.rowell@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83134380
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Oliphant, floor 1
  • Org Unit: School of Physical Sciences

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