Daniel Mitchell

CAASTRO Research Scientist in Low-Frequency Radio Astronomy,
School of Physics, The University of Melbourne, VIC 3010, Australia,
Rm 315, Ph: +61 3 8344-5081,

Smithsonian Research Associate, September 2011 - September 2014.

Primary Research Interests

I am interested in addressing the technical challenges of forthcoming wide-field radio arrays, in particular calibration and wide-field imaging. This includes both algorithm development and real-time, distributed processing and hardware acceleration. I am part of the real-time software development group for the Murchison Widefield Array, where a heterogeneous cluster consisting of a Linux/MPI harness with GPU compute nodes is used to achieve several 10s of TFLOPS/s under the power constraints of the remote WA outback.

My primary research goal is the detection at low radio frequencies of redshifted 21cm emission from neutral Hydrogen during the epoch of reionisation. Other areas of research include pulsar surveys and RFI mitigation.

Selected Articles

Tingay, S. J., et al.,
The Murchison Widefield Array: solar science with the low frequency SKA Precursor, Submitted to the proceedings of Eclipse on the Coral Sea: Cycle 24 Ascending, 2013.
Bernardi, G., Greenhill, L. J., Mitchell, D. A., and 58 others,
A 2400 Square Degree Survey at 200 MHz: Bright Sources, Foregrounds and Polarization. In press, ApJ, 2013.
Bowman, J. D., et al.,
Science with the Murchison Widefield Array. PASA, 30, e0312, 2013.
Tingay, S. J., Goeke, R., Bowman, J. D., Emrich, D., Ord, S. M., Mitchell, D. A., and 55 others,
The Murchison Widefield Array: the Square Kilometre Array Precursor at low radio frequencies, PASA, 30, 2013.
Beardsley, A. P., et al.,
The EoR sensitivity of the Murchison Widefield Array, MNRAS, 429 (1), L5--L9, 2013.
McKinley, B., et al.,
Low-frequency Observations of the Moon with the Murchison Widefield Array, AJ, 145 (1), 9, 2013.
Tingay, S. J., et al.,
Realisation of a low frequency SKA Precursor: The Murchison Widefield Array, PoS(RTS2012)036, 2012.
Beardsley, A, P., et at.,
A new layout optimization technique for interferometric arrays, applied to the MWA, MNRAS, 425 (3), 1781--1788, 2012.
Mitchell, D. A., Wayth, R. B., Bernardi, G., Greenhill, L. J., Ord, S. M.,
Direction-Dependent Polarised Primary Beams in Wide-Field Synthesis Imaging, JAI, 1 (1), 1250003, 2012.
Taylor, G. B., et al.,
First Light for the First Station of the Long Wavelength Array, JAI, 1 (1), 1250004, 2012.
Sullivan, I. S., et al.,
Fast Holographic Deconvolution: A New Technique for Precision Radio Interferometry, ApJ, 759 (1), 17, 2012.
Williams, C. L., et al.,
Low-frequency Imaging of Fields at High Galactic Latitude with the Murchison Widefield Array 32 Element Prototype, ApJ, 755 (1), 47, 2012.
Oberoi, D., et al.,
First Spectroscopic Imaging Observations of the Sun at Low Radio Frequencies with the Murchison Widefield Array Prototype, ApJ, 728, L27, 2011.
Bernardi, G., Mitchell, D. A., Ord, S. M., Greenhill, L. J., Pindor, B., Wayth, R. B., Wyithe, J. S. B.,
Subtraction of point sources from interferometric radio images through an algebraic forward modeling scheme, MNRAS, 413 (1), 411--422, 2011.
Pindor, B., Wyithe, J. S. B., Mitchell, D. A., Ord, S. M., Wayth, R. B., Greenhill, L. J.,
Subtraction of Bright Point Sources from Synthesis Images of the Epoch of Reionization, PASA, 28 (1), 46--57, 2011.
Ord, S. M., Mitchell, D. A., and 57 others,
Interferometric Imaging with the 32 Element Murchison Wide-Field Array, PASP, 122, 1353--1366, 2010.
Mitchell, D. A., et al.,
The Murchison Widefield Array. PoS(RFI2010)016, 2010.
Edgar. R. G., Clark, M. A., Dale, K., Mitchell, D. A., Ord, S. M., Wayth, R. B., Pfister, H., & Greenhill, L. J.,
Enabling a High Throughput Real Time Data Pipeline for a Large Radio Telescope Array with GPUs. Comp. Phys. Comm., 181, (10), 1707--1714, 2010.
Lonsdale, C. J., et al.,
The Murchison Widefield Array: Design Overview, Proc. IEEE, 97 (8), 1497--1506, 2009.
Ord, S. M., Greenhill, L. J., Wayth, R. B., Mitchell, D. A., Dale, K., Pfister, H., & Edgar. R. G.,
GPUs for data processing in the MWA, Proceedings of ADASS XVII, 2009.
Mitchell, D. A., Greenhill, L. J., Wayth, R. B., Sault, R. J., Lonsdale, C. J., Cappallo, R. J., Morales, M. F., & Ord. S. M.,
Real-Time Calibration of the Murchison Widefield Array, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, 2 (5), 707--717, 2008.
Dijkstra, M., Lidz, A., Pritchard, J. R., Greenhill, L. J., Mitchell, D. A., Ord, S. M., & Wayth, R. B.,
On the detectability of the hydrogen 3-cm fine-structure line from the epoch of reionization, MNRAS, 390 (4) 1430--1436, 2008.
Mitchell, D. A., Robertson, J. G., & Sault, R. J.,
Alternative Adaptive Filter Structures for improved RFI Cancellation in Radio Astronomy, AJ, 130 (5) 2424--2433, 2005.
Mitchell, D. A., & Robertson, J. G.,
Reference Antenna Techniques for Canceling RFI due to Moving Sources, Radio Science, 40 (5), RS5S11, 2005.
Norris, R. P., et al.,
Radio Observations of the Hubble Deep Field South region: I. Survey Description and Initial Results, AJ, 130 (4), 1358--1372, 2005.
Chan, B. H. P., Mitchell, D. A., & Cram, L. E.,
Archetypal Analysis of Galaxy Spectra, MNRAS, 338 (3), 790--795, 2003.
Pailthorpe, B. A., Mitchell, D. A., & Bordes, N. S.,
"Thermal Diffusion in Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Thin Film Diamond Deposition," Thin Solid Films, 332, 109-112, 1999.