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MIGHTEE expression of interest.

Last updated 128 days ago by Ivan Delvecchio Comments (56)

 Dear Matt et al,

I would like you to consider my interest in joining the MIGHTEE project. I am mainly involved in panchromatic (radio to X-ray) studies of large samples of AGN and star-forming galaxies. I acquired expertise in multi-band SED-fitting decomposition techniques, which I have developed and tested in the COSMOS and Chandra deep fields for several thousands of sources. Therefore, I would like to contribute to the exploitation of radio continuum data from the MIGHTEE survey and multi-wavelength source classification. The synergy with our radio expertise in Zagreb, and with the extragalactic group at CEA-Saclay (where I am moving to) is very strong. Excellent computing facilities at both Institutions are already in place.

Ivan Delvecchio

Hi Matt, Russ, Ian:

I am interested in contributing to MIGHTEE in the areas of (i) pipeline development and (ii) multiwavelength imaging and spectroscopy for the ECDFS pointing(s), both of which will benefit from coordination with LADUMA. Science-wise, joint MIGHTEE/LADUMA HI analyses are probably my highest priority. I am hoping to have funded graduate student effort (in support of LADUMA) in the near future, from which MIGHTEE would also benefit.

Andrew Baker


Hi all, 

I am interested primarily in applications of machine learning and Bayesian statistics to MIGHTEE: RFI, multi-frequency cross matching, source classification, anomaly detection, etc...  


Bruce Bassett


Hi Matt, Russ, Ian

   I'm interested to continue contributing to MIGHTEE in the field of AGN/galaxy physical and evolutionary propoerties.  As briefly discussed with Russ in Penticton, I have a new postdoc in Bologna (Marisa Brienza, starting June 1st) who can help with the data reduction and would be interested in working on AGN remnants using multi-frequency information (incl. uGMRT). We can also bring some of the reduction to Bologna, if useful, and use the computing power we have there.

Isabella Prandoni



Hi Matt,  I remain interested in contributing to MIGHTEE. I am interested in the HI emission component, particularly in resolved HI disk science. 

Kristine Spekkens



Hi Matt,

I would like to reaffirm my commitment to MIGHTEE. Primarily, I am interested in cluster science and diffuse radio sources. Also nearby galaxies in radio continuum and cosmic magnetism are of interst. As an eRosita core institute, the synergy with eRosita is particularly important. I could also commit personpower to MIGHTEE.

Marcus Bruggen


Hi Matt

I would like to remain a member of the team, but have interest only in the direct HI-emission detection, rather than the actual continuum emission. I will be collaborating with this together with the other HI-experts in this.

Renee Kraan-Korteweg

Hi Matt,

I'm interested to remain involved. I'm interested in the HI aspects. MIGHTEE-HI will give similar depth HI observations as the MHONGOOSE pointings (but without a foreground science target) and comparison of calibration/pipeline/data quality results could be benificial.

Erwin de Blok

Hi Matt et al.

Please continue to include me as a member of MIGHTEE. Obviously one of my interests is using the deep data from MIGHTEE to complement and help interpret the wider shallower data from EMU. I also hope to be able to contribute to MIGHTEE the techniques we have been developing for EMU. 


Ray Norris


Dear Matt,

I am very interested in the Star formation, AGN, continuum and HI data on MIGHTEE.  The synergy with ALMA will be very rich. We have access to cluster computing in Paris Observatory, and there are very competent experts in our group.

Francoise Combes

I am still very much interested in mightee-HI.

The resources available to me are part of the Precursor Data Centre Prototype, a collaboration between Astron, SKA-SA, IDIA and IBM which involves a large processing cluster providing federated storage and processing facilities connected to IDIA in SA.



Dear Matt, Russ, Ian,
Certainly interested. While my main focus will remain the LOFAR surveys, I am very interested in joined science and 
technical projects. My science interest: formation and evolution of clusters, starbursts and AGN. 
Huub Rottgering 


 Dear Matt et al

I still wish to be involved with MIGHTEE. My science interest centres on  probing galaxy evolution/quenching as a fn of environment (up to the richest clusters)  using HI emission and continuum, relating gas content to other properties. Along with my effort, I expect to have student(s) working on this topic, including those exploiting Big Data/AI techniques to extract information from large higher-level data sets through our CDTs. Potential for fraction of a postdoc later.  Linkage with the XXL/XMM_LSS samples/data sets should prove useful (I am a member of the XXL collaboration).

Malcolm Bremer


Dear Matt et al.,

I'm still interested.  My contributions can include technical aspects such as the multi-wavelenth identification and linkage with existing survey data sets as part of or extending the Herschel Extragalactic Legacy Project.  In general I'm interested in apply novel statistical methods and machine learning to the large survey data and understanding galaxy populations from these.  Scientfiically my interests are primarily in the evoltion of star forming galaxies, particularly obscured star forming galaxies and factors that influence these e.g. environment, AGN.  I'm interested to work on aspects of calibration of star formation e.g. from FIR.  I have a PhD student currently working on FIR radio correlations.  I will have a PhD student working on Hierarchical Bayesian modelling of poulations constrained by survery data like MIGHTEE. I have access to and undertanding of all the HELP data and tools. I'll be looking for postdoc support.


Seb Oliver



  • Franco Vazza 326 days ago

    Dear Matt, Russ and Ian,

    yes I am still very interested in working with MIGHTEE, especially on the topic of the study of cosmic magnetism in large scale structures, either in continuum emission, or via their polarised signal (both polarised emission and Faraday Rotation of bg sources).

    This said, I primarly am a numerical simulator, which means realistically my contribution on the above two lines of investigations can be

    a) helping out in the computation of predicted sensitivity levels to detect certain structures (e.g. cluster outskirts, filaments etc) with MIGHTEE based on our state of the art predictions for magnetic fields in the cosmic web (which are anchored to other observables, through my multiple projects). Likewise, I can do theoretical work to estimate whether long exposures of specific structures are prefereable over stacking of shallower integration of similar objects (the answer is non trivial for complex geometries, like filaments);

    b) contribute to the interpretation and modelling of detections, which are predicted to be at the edge of feasibility on the case of the cosmic web, and should require ad-hoc analysis. As an example, I have been recently involved in the modelling of tentative detections of the cosmic web with the SRT telescope, here ( ), which required tailored post-processing analysis in order to convolve my simulations with the same observing conditions of the real observation. I can imagine a similar work can be performed for MIGHTEE when first tentative detections may appear. 

    So basically, my contribution would be that of investing computing and personal time on the accurate  theoretical modelling of signals associated to LSS, either in continuum or polarisation; if this fits into the scope of a Scientific Member and I would be happy to join, if instead you think this would be more a kind of "Collaborative Member" task I am happy as well... just let me know.


    Franco Vazza 

  • Matt Hilton 326 days ago

    Yes, I would like to work on MIGHTEE. I'm primarily interested in star formation (and possibly AGN) and diffuse emission (relics/halos) in/around clusters, especially selected from the Advanced ACT SZ survey (covers ~13600 square degrees). I appreciate the overlap will be small, but XMM-LSS also happens to be the deepest ACT field. The ACT board is happy to do joint projects with MeerKAT surveys on ACT cluster-related topics - such papers would be "opt in" for ACT collaborators if that would be acceptable to MIGHTEE. We will be doing the same science with clusters that fall within MALS pointings - I have a SKA-SA funded PhD student due to start working on this project soon. Kenda Knowles is my current SKA-SA funded postdoc, and would be able to work on radio halos/relics. At UKZN, we have a 1000 core cluster ( and also a shared memory machine with 64 processors and ~700 Gb RAM.


  • Leah Morabito 326 days ago

    I am still planning on working on MIGHTEE.  My primary interest is the evolution of both radio loud and radio quiet AGN. At the moment I have access to computing resources locally at Oxford, and am happy to help out with data reduction.


  • Bryan Gaensler 326 days ago

    I am interested in contributing to MIGHTEEpol. I see this as the deep counterpart to the polarisation surveys we are doing for POSSUM and VLASS. The main contribution my team can make is on the polarisation pipeline: i.e. starting with cubes of Q and U, and converting this to a catalogue of polarised sources and their Faraday properties, both as a polarisation catalogue in its own right and cross-matched with Stokes I.

  • Martin Hardcastle 326 days ago

    Very much still interested. Total intensity and polarization studies of radio-loud AGN and their environments over cosmic time (emphasis on environmental impact and feedback modelling). Can contribute student and postdoc effort and use of the UH cluster (3000 cores, 2 PB storage).


  • Romeel Dave 326 days ago

    I will be working on MIGHTEE-related continuum science myself and through my PhD student Nicole Thomas, whose PhD thesis is focused on analysing our Simba cosmological hydrodynamic simulations in order to study the co-evolution of black holes and galaxies out to high redshifts as measured via radio and other multi-wavelength properties.  MIGHTEE and associated cross-matched survey data will be the premier observations for this comparison.

    I will also be working on HI science as part of the MIGHTEE-HI team, using Simba to study how feedback processes are constrained by the HI mass function in stellar mass-selected and colour-selected samples, for which MIGHTEE will provide an unprecedented comparison data set.



  • Dan Smith 326 days ago

    I'm still interested - science interests are star formation and AGN, and leveraging MIGHTEE data alongside spectroscopic information (especially from WEAVE). 

  • Wendy Williams 326 days ago

    I'm still very much interested. My main science interest in the evolution of RL AGN. I will have access to local computing resources at Leiden and am happy to help with data reduction efforts.


  • Eric Murphy 326 days ago

    I am also very interested in contributing to the science to come out of MIGHTEE (especially continuum science as it relates to studying the evolution of star formation over cosmit time).  Happy to contribute in all areas and lead where appropriate.  I have It's been a long time coming.  Excited that it is time to get our hands dirty.  

  • Sarah White 326 days ago

    Hiya Matt, Russ, and Ian. Very keen to use MIGHTEE to investigate the origin of radio emission in 'radio-quiet' AGN, and how these objects evolve. Plan is for this to form the backbone of my Fellowship over the next 3 years (Oct 2018 start), during which I'll also work with Oleg and Ian in developing the MIGHTEE pipeline. 

  • Jeremy Harwood 326 days ago

    Yes, I am still very much interested. Main focus on radio-loud AGN total intensity and polarization and their evolution over cosmic time but happy to chip in with my expertise on spectra, software, and model fitting elsewhere where required. Also interested in testing/using machine learning algorithms for getting optical ID's, analysis, and source identification further down the road.

    Have access to the Herts cluster (see Martin's comments for specs) and can help out with analysis/data reduction if needed.

  • Glenn White 325 days ago

    Certainly interested in active involvement. Expertise on mm, summ and radio observations, main interestes from a MIGHTEE perspective will be in the spectroscopic area. Have a dedicated computer cluster at The Rutherford Laboratory which is currently used for LOFAR analysis, and happy to get my hands dirty in the nitty gritty of the analysis and reduction. Previous radio deep field work has included the North Ecliptic Pole (WSRT, LOFAR) and the South Ecliptic Pole (ATCA) deep fields, and their use with multiwavelength ancillary data sets.

  • Smirnov Oleg 325 days ago

    Yes, I'm very interested.




  • Catherine Hale 325 days ago

    Hi Matt, Russ, Ian,

    I am still interested in MIGHTEE, mainly looking at clustering of galaxies and CLFs and how these evolve. 


  • Kenneth Duncan 324 days ago

    Hi Matt, Russ, Ian,

    Along with Dan, i am also interested in leveraging the MIGHTEE data for WEAVE spectroscopic follow-up and the science that enables - but particularly the evolution of star-formation and AGN activity in the early universe. 

    Am able to contribute expertise and effort on high quality photometric redshifts in the MIGHTEE fields as already discussed. But also able to do the same for additional complementary products such as physical modeling and optical completeness simulations etc. for future population studies. Have access to the Leiden computing resources where necessary and potential of Masters students who can contribute through small suitable science projects etc.



  • Rebecca Bowler 324 days ago


    I'm interested in synergies between MIGHTEE data and deep optical/near-IR surveys.  Happy to help in any way I can e.g. collecting survey data, producing catalogues with this data, photometric redshifts to some degree.... etc.  With a focus on high-redshift galaxy/EoR science.

    Cheers, Rebecca

  • Jose Afonso 324 days ago

    Dear Matt, Russ, Ian,

    still very much interested in contributing to MIGHTEE, along with the team here.

    Main scientific interest is on RQ and RL evolution from the earliest epochs. We have been exploring recent simulations (semi-analytic and hydro) on galaxy formation to estimate detection of very high redshift sources in the radio (with current and future facilities), and would be quite eager to compare to upcoming observations. Also, identifying high-z candidates and following them up with ALMA and in the future with MOONS.

    Locally we have cluster computing facilities which have been dealing with ALMA data (own projects but also data validation on the context of the Portuguese ALMA Centre of Expertise), and human resources include 3 fellows and 2 PhD students with significant-to-advanced interferometry knowledge.



  • Catherine Cress 323 days ago

    Hi there

    I'm still interested - in most of the galaxy evolution work - but also in exploring possible use of data for Large-Scale Structure/Cosmology studies.

    We've done simulations for LADUMA which could be extended, could contribute some postdoc time and have access to facilities and support  at the Centre for High Performance Computing 



  • Nadeem Oozeer 323 days ago

    Hi Matt, 

    I am still interested - Radio continuum. 



  • Ian Smail 323 days ago

    Yes - interested - in continuum selection of z>1-3 star-forming galaxies and also the influence of high-density environments on HI content/dynamics. Available effort at Durham could comprise ~30% a PDRA + ~20% staff time, with access to local HPC (we have a new 3Tb shared memory node which may be useful for imaging).  Ian

  • Maurilio Pannella 323 days ago

    Hi there,

    yes I am still interested in MIGHTEE. Mainly in continuum science, star-forming galaxies and radio AGN across cosmic times and environments. I'd like to contribute in building multi-wavelength catalogs for the MIGHTEE fields, right now working on extracting IRAC photometry in VIDEO fields with TPHOT, but also could contribute to the larger photo-z effort. As part of the D-MeerKAT collaboration, at the LMU in Munich,  we are in charge for building tools for the multi-wavelength cross-correlation of radio sources so it would be great if this could be somehow coordinated and integrated with the ongoing work in MIGHTEE. Thanks, Maurilio  

  • Richard McMahon 323 days ago


    I remain interested in MIGHTEE from a AGN/Quasars staf-formation and SMBH perspective. I cannot commit any resources at the moment but could offer access to multi-wavelenght imaging and catalogue from our local copies of neoWISE, VISTA and DES data. I am mainly interested in optically obscured AGN and hightest redshift AGN.

    Best regards Richard

  • Matt Prescott 323 days ago

    Hi Matt, Russ, Ian, 

    Still interested. Can help out doing the cross-matching with multiwavength datasets and look at the properties and evolution of AGN and SFGs.  

    Cheers, Matt

  • Nceba Mhlahlo 323 days ago

    Hi Matt

    I am still interested in MIGHTEE...

    Science interests: Extended emission in and around clusters of galaxies (Radio Halos and Relics) and Radio Galaxies.

    Contribution: MSc/PhD student effort; Data reduction and analysis effort.

    Local computing resources: Computer cluster at WITS school of Physics.



  • Chiara Ferrari 323 days ago

    Dear Matt, 

    I am still interested in MIGHTEE.

    Science interests: Radio continuum and HI in galaxy clusters

    Contribution: Possible PhD student effort - Data reduction