Astrophysics Research at Liverpool John Moores University

Lead Research Organisation: Liverpool John Moores University
Department Name: Astrophysics Research Institute

Abstract

We propose to carry out a programme of research tackling cutting-edge astrophysical problems on a wide range of scales. Our work, which addresses several of PPARC's key scientific priorities, will be conducted under two main and interlinked themes: (i) Tme Domain Astrophysics (ii) Galaxies and Active Galactic Nuclei. In particular we wish to explore: the origin and wider importance of Gamma Ray Bursts, the most powerful explosions in the Universe; the fundamental properties of novae from observations of their explosions in our own and other galaxies; the structure of the Milky Way through microlensing studies; the environmental factors that influence galaxy evolution, and the part played in the development of galaxies by supermassive black holes. Our research uses the most advanced ground-based telescopes, space-borne satellites and data analysis tecniques to carry out observations from gamma rays to radio wavelengths and ARI staff are leading players in many of the new generation surveys. A significant fraction of our work involves time-domain studies, now made possible through our own robotic Liverpool Telescope project and our lead in developing global robotic telescope networks such as RoboNet. These projects are technically demanding and are supported at ARI by the latest developments in scheduling and robotic control software through e-Science programmes. The structure and organisation of the ARI is designed to deliver internationally excellent research, with efficient teaching programmes. Staff benefit from a continual programme of investment in research infrastructure and the ARI is a major international player in developing and exploiting outreach opportunities. The Institute in turn enjoys excellent support from the University which has enabled, for example, the recent appointment of several new staff to strenghten further our research work.

Publications

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Adelman-McCarthy Jennifer K. (2008) The Sixth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey in ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL SUPPLEMENT SERIES

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Ahnen M. L. (2018) Extreme HBL behavior of Markarian 501 during 2012 in Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Anderson J (2008) Constraints on core-collapse supernova progenitors from correlations with Ha emission ? in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Anderson L (2017) Galactic supernova remnant candidates discovered by THOR in Astronomy & Astrophysics

 
Title Robotic Control Software 
Description software developed to run the liverpool telescope in an autonomous fashion was licensed under GPL and released to Las Cumbres Observatory in return for 1200 hours guarenteed time on their telesopes. 
IP Reference  
Protection Copyrighted (e.g. software)
Year Protection Granted 2007
Licensed Yes
Impact The robotic software is of course key to the whole operation of the telescope- without it the majority of the scientific papers produced would not have been possible.
 
Description Input to Parliamentary Inquiry 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Provision of evidence and acting as expert witness for House of Commons S&T Committee Inquiry into astronomy and particle physics.

Recommendations in final report supporting the Liverpool Telescope and National Schools' Observatory.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description National Schools Observatory 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Enhanced interest and uptake of STEM subjects

Increasing schools registration on NSO - more than 4000 currently
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity Pre-2006,2006,2007,2008,
URL http://www.schoolsobservatory.org.uk/
 
Description National Schools' Observatory in FE Colleges 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Workshop Facilitator
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 500 FE College lecturers and their students engaged with astronomical research using the Liverpool Telescope and resources of the NSO website. Over all NSO activity (Primary, Secondary, FE) over the period: 30,000 observing requests were delivered and just under 3,000,000 educational webpages viewed. This is in addition to the engagement activity entered into eVal for the previous period.


www.schoolsobservatory.org.uk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013
 
Description National Schools' Observatory in Primary Schools 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Workshop Facilitator
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 1000 Primary school teachers and their pupils engaged with astronomical research using the Liverpool Telescope and resources of the NSO website. Over all NSO activity (Primary, Secondary, FE) over the period: 30,000 observing requests were delivered and just under 3,000,000 educational webpages viewed. This is in addition to the engagement activity entered into eVal for the previous period.

www.schoolsobservatory.org.uk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013
 
Description National Schools' Observatory in Secondary Schools 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Workshop Facilitator
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 2500 Secondary school teachers and their pupils engaged with astronomical research using the Liverpool Telescope and resources of the NSO website. Over all NSO activity (Primary, Secondary, FE) over the period: 30,000 observing requests were delivered and just under 3,000,000 educational webpages viewed. This is in addition to the engagement activity entered into eVal for the previous period

www.schoolsobservatory.org.uk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013
 
Description Press coverage relating to the Liverpool Telescope 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Paper Presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact 12+ significant stories covered by the media through press releases related to the Liverpool Telescope.

This is in addition to the outputs reported for the previous period through eVal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013
 
Description School and Public Talks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 50+ public talks and 200+ schools talks based around science from the Liverpool Telescope.

This is in addition to data entered through eVal for the previous period.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013
 
Description TV and radio coverage 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Contributions to TV and radio broadcasts featuring LIverpool Telescope science. Total 20+ in this reporting period.

This is in addition to the outputs reported for the previous period through eVal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013