Hi there! My name is Danny Price, and I'm a postdoctoral researcher at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. I am the project scientist for Breakthrough Listen at Parkes, so am also part of the Berkeley Seti Research Center at UC Berkeley. Before this I was based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Back in 2009-2013, I did my DPhil. (PhD) in astrophysics at the University of Oxford.
I'm excited to be part of the Breakthrough Listen initiative: the most comprehensive search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) ever undertaken. We are using the largest telescopes in the world to systematically search for artificial signals of unknown origin. I am working on the digital signal processing systems and data analysis pipelines, and running the science program on the Parkes telescope in Australia.
I also work on the Large Aperture Experiment to Detect the Dark Ages, or LEDA. We've built a 256-antenna array along with a powerful GPU-based correlator in Owen's Valley, California. We're looking for highly-redshifted Hydrogen in the early Universe, and will image the entire sky at radio wavelengths.
Here at Swinburne University, we are busy upgrading the Molonglo telescope, to convert it into a Fast Radio Burst detection and localization machine (UTMOST). Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are rare and enigmatic astrophyical events that last only a few milliseconds. They appear to originate from billions of light years away; how and why they occur remains an outstanding mystery that we are hoping to solve.
I work mainly on digital instrumentation: designing and implementing signal processing systems for radio telescopes. I work a lot with FPGAs and I'm an active part of the CASPER collaboration. I've helped build instruments at the Parkes (HIPSR), Owen's Valley (LEDA), Medicina (BEST-2), and Tidbinbilla (TAMS) observatories.
HIPSR is a spectrometer and pulsar machine for the Parkes 21cm multibeam receiver.
LEDA is a low-frequency array of 256 antennas in Owen's Valley, California.
D-PAD was a 16-element aperture array that I built as part of my PhD project.
You might like to check out my publications (Google Scholar | ADS), or head over to the blog I keep (Passle | BSRC blog ) . You can grab my contact details at the bottom of this page, and links to my github, linkedin and arXiv pages.
Even more? I play guitar, love music and drink too much coffee. I've slowly been exploring the USA, ticking off the states as I go. I enjoy tinkering with web and UI design (thank you bootstrap), speak a little Japanese, and am outrageously good at Mariokart 64.