Extragalactic Astronomy at Durham 2008-2013

Lead Research Organisation: Durham University
Department Name: Physics

Abstract

Over recent years observational astronomers at Durham have been at the forefront of many major advances in the study of galaxies and cosmology. We have a publication and citation record which we believe speaks for itself (see proposal introduction). Durham astronomers currently lead major international projects that exploit many of the the world's foremost ground and space observatories. We will capitalize on our proven track record in AGN studies, precision spectrophotometric analysis of stellar populations in nearby galaxies, multiwavelength studies of galaxy populations at high redshift and panoramic QSO and galaxy surveys, to answer open questions which lie at the core of modern astrophysics. In this proposal we present the case for support of a coherent and comprehensive programme that builds on our strengths and seizes new opportunities. Our programme addresses key questions in the STFC Roadmap, such as ``What are the laws of physics in extreme conditions?'', ``How do galaxies, stars and planets form and evolve?'' and ``What is the Universe made of and how does it evolve?''. This proposal is constructed around the four core themes of our research: Theme A: AGN: outflows from black holes their growth and environment Theme B: Galaxy evolution and archaeology and closely related to this; Theme C: feedback and the formation of galaxies Theme D: Survey cosmology, using galaxies and clusters as probes of large scale structure and evolution There is a well established deep rooted synergy between our work and the research of the ICC group, and the instrumentation group (CfAI).

Publications

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Gerssen J (2009) Highly ionized gas on galaxy scales: mapping the interacting Seyfert galaxy LEDA 135736 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters

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Gelbord J (2009) AGN with strong forbidden high-ionization lines selected from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Geach J. E. (2006) A panoramic mid-infrared survey of two distant clusters in ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL

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Geach J (2009) CO interferometry of gas-rich spiral galaxies in the outskirts of an intermediate redshift cluster in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters

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Gargiulo A (2009) On the origin of the scatter around the Fundamental Plane: correlations with stellar population parameters in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Frieman J (2008) THE SLOAN DIGITAL SKY SURVEY-II SUPERNOVA SURVEY: TECHNICAL SUMMARY in The Astronomical Journal

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Font A (2008) The colours of satellite galaxies in groups and clusters The colours of satellite galaxies in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Fine S (2008) Constraining the quasar population with the broad-line width distribution in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Fanidakis N (2011) Grand unification of AGN activity in the ?CDM cosmology Grand unification of AGN activity in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Engel H (2010) MOST SUBMILLIMETER GALAXIES ARE MAJOR MERGERS in The Astrophysical Journal

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Egami E (2010) The Herschel Lensing Survey (HLS): Overview in Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Ebeling H (2010) The X-ray brightest clusters of galaxies from the Massive Cluster Survey The X-ray brightest MACS clusters in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Ebeling H (2009) A spectacular giant arc in the massive cluster lens MACS J1206.2-0847 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Eales S. (2010) The Herschel ATLAS in PUBLICATIONS OF THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF THE PACIFIC

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Dunlop J (2010) The BLAST 250 µm-selected galaxy population in GOODS-South BLAST 250 µm galaxies in GOODS-South in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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De Lucia G (2009) On the role of the post-starburst phase in the buildup of the red sequence of intermediate-redshift clusters in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Davies G (2009) A spectroscopic measure of the star formation rate density in dwarf galaxies at z ~ 1 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters

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Dariush A (2010) The mass assembly of galaxy groups and the evolution of the magnitude gap in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Croom S (2009) The 2dF???SDSS LRG and QSO survey: the QSO luminosity function at 0.4 < z < 2.6 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Croom S (2009) The 2dF-SDSS LRG and QSO Survey: the spectroscopic QSO catalogue in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Crighton N (2010) Galaxies at a redshift of ~0.5 around three closely spaced quasar sightlines in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Coppin K (2008) Testing the evolutionary link between submillimetre galaxies and quasars: CO observations of QSOs at z ~ 2 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Coppin K (2008) The SCUBA HAlf Degree Extragalactic Survey - VI. 350-µm mapping of submillimetre galaxies in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

 
Description The programme funded by this grant produce a number of observational insights into fundamental features of galaxies, black holes and large-scale structure. To give just one example, using the newly-completed Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) we undertook the first survey of extreme starburst galaxies in the distant Universe, demonstrating that these galaxies are very likely to be the progenitors of the most massive galaxies seen today in the local Universe, but seen in an early and very active phase of formation.
Exploitation Route Further academic research or through the development of new facilities (e.g. ELT and SKA) or observational programmes.
Sectors Education

URL http://www.astro.dur.ac.uk/Cosmology
 
Description 6dFGS survey 
Organisation Australian Astronomical Observatory
Country Australia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Data analysis and construction of the FP catalogue, i.e. http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014MNRAS.443.1231C
Collaborator Contribution Many other science contributions, e.g. http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014MNRAS.444.3926J http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014MNRAS.445.2677S http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016MNRAS.455..386S
Impact now focused on mostly exclusively on 6dF++, i.e. TAIPAN http://www.taipan-survey.org/ Map the southern cosmography with ~110 k redshifts. First detailed map of the southern hemisphere peculiar velocities.
 
Description 6dFGS survey 
Organisation Australian National University (ANU)
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Data analysis and construction of the FP catalogue, i.e. http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014MNRAS.443.1231C
Collaborator Contribution Many other science contributions, e.g. http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014MNRAS.444.3926J http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014MNRAS.445.2677S http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016MNRAS.455..386S
Impact now focused on mostly exclusively on 6dF++, i.e. TAIPAN http://www.taipan-survey.org/ Map the southern cosmography with ~110 k redshifts. First detailed map of the southern hemisphere peculiar velocities.
 
Description Wide field astronomical surveys 
Organisation University of Hawaii
Department Institute for Astronomy
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Durham an offical partnet in the Pan-STARRS consortium, which operate a telescope in Hawaii.
Collaborator Contribution They provide the telscope and operations support.
Impact The principle output is research papers published in refereed journals.
Start Year 2007
 
Description Seminars and invited talks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Paper Presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact All of the co-applicants on this grants have given numberous seminars and invited talks at universities and international meetings and conferences.

These activities help to enhance the wider knowledge of our research, and foster new collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008,2009,2010,2011,2012