Curtin University


1 July 2015 - 30 June 2016

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Curtin University published between 1 July 2015 - 30 June 2016 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

287 35.04 20.88

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Earth & Environmental Sciences 25 6.43 6.43
Physical Sciences 233 18.54 4.38
Chemistry 20 9.40 9.40
Life Sciences 15 1.62 1.62

Highlight of the month: Curtin University

Supermassive black hole burp detected from 300 million light years away

© NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, CI Lab

© NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, CI Lab

An international team has detected the gassy lunch remnants of an impolite supermassive black hole.

When a star has the misfortune to veer too close to the maw of a supermassive black hole, intense gravitational forces tear it to pieces. The resulting debris joins the disk of rubble orbiting the mouth of the black hole and is eventually sucked in.

Astronomers have known for a long time that a pulse of heat, known as a tidal disruption flare, accompanied the demise of such stars. But, this study, published in Science, is the first time observations were sensitive enough to detect the accompanying outflow from the black hole. This took the form of a brief, relativistic plasma jet — a bit like a hearty belch after a particularly stellar meal.

The energy released in the cosmic belch was equivalent to the Sun’s entire energy output over 10 million years. The team included researchers from Curtin University.

  1. Science 2016; 351: 62-65. doi: 10.1126/science.aad1182

View the article on the Nature Index

1 July 2015 - 30 June 2016

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 35.99% Domestic
  • 64.01% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

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