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Research Article

Recent Science from Australian Large-Scale Millimetre Mapping Projects: Proceedings from a Swinburne University Workshop

I. Bainsa1 c1, S. L. Breena2a3, M. G. Burtona4, M. R. Cunninghama4, P. A. Jonesa4a5, A. Kawamuraa6, N. Loa4, G. P. Rowella7 and A. Walsha8

a1 Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, VIC 3122

a2 School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Tasmania, Private Bag 37, Hobart, TAS 7001

a3 Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO, PO Box 76, Epping, NSW 1710

a4 School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052

a5 Departamento de Astronomía, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 36-D, Santiago, Chile

a6 Department of Astrophysics, Nagoya University, Furocho, Chikusaku, Nagoya 464–8602, Japan

a7 School of Chemistry & Physics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005

a8 Centre for Astronomy, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 4811


Since the recent upgrades to the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) Mopra telescope back-end and receiver system, it has risen from an under-subscribed facility to a sought-after instrument with heavy international competition to gain time. Furthermore, the introduction of the on-the-fly mapping capability in 2004 has made this technique one of Mopra's most popular observing modes. In addition, the recent upgrade of the NANTEN millimetre-wavelength telescope to the sub-millimetre NANTEN2 instrument, has provided a complementary, higher-frequency facility to Mopra. A two-day workshop was held at Swinburne University in June 2008 to disseminate the current state of ongoing large-scale mapping projects and associated spin-offs that the telescopes' upgrades have facilitated, and to decide upon future research directions. Here, we provide a summary of the result-oriented talks as a record of the state of Australian-access single-dish millimetre science in 2008.

(Received October 20 2008)

(Accepted February 20 2009)


  • acceleration of particles;
  • ISM: clouds;
  • ISM: jets and outflows;
  • ISM: molecules;
  • radio continuum: ISM;
  • stars: formation


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