McKinley, Dr Ben - Affiliate

University of Melbourne

Phone: +61 3 8344 6303


Website(s): University of Melbourne ‘Find an expert’ page


Research Interests / Responsibilities:

Dr McKinley is primarily interested in making new discoveries about the early evolution of the Universe using low-frequency radio telescopes, in particular the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA). His current research activities include:

  • Calibration and quality assurance testing of MWA data from the project to detect redshifted 21-cm emission from the Epoch of Reionisation (EoR;
  • Observing the Moon with the MWA to detect the all-sky EoR signal;
  • Measuring the complex primary beam shape of the MWA;
  • Imaging large, extended radio sources such as Centaurus A at low frequencies;
  • Detecting and tracking space debris with the MWA.

Dr McKinley’s future aspirations include using the Square Kilometre Array telescope to map the Epoch of Reionisation in three dimensions and to make unexpected discoveries with this exciting new radio telescope in the future.