PATT Linked Grant for Durham 2008-10

Lead Research Organisation: Durham University
Department Name: Physics


The Durham University Physics Department has three very active groups of observational astronomers working in the building of astronomical instruments, extragalactic astronomy and Gamma-ray astronomy. Each of these three areas involves frequent trips of observatories in remote areas (Hawaii, Chile, Australia, Nambia). In order to fund these trips PPARC provide funds to cover all the observing trips made by one university group rather than fund each trip individually. We are applying for continued funding for our grant to do this with empahsis on our links with the twin 6.5m Magellan telescopes in Chile and the HESS Gamma-ray telescope array in Namibia with which we have a close involvement.


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Austermann J (2010) AzTEC half square degree survey of the SHADES fields â?? I. Maps, catalogues and source counts in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Balogh M (2009) The colour of galaxies in distant groups 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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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

Description The funds from this grant have been used to send astronomers to telescopes around the world to collect data from distant galaxies to understand their formation and evolution.
Exploitation Route Through the peer-reviewed papers that we have written.
Sectors Education,Other

Description The data collected from the observing runs to telescopes funded on this grant have been the foundation for many peer-reviewed papers, active, international research collaborations and public outreach activities.
First Year Of Impact 2008
Sector Education,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

Description STFC Rolling Grant
Amount £3,053,577 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2011 
End 03/2016
Description Observational cosmology with CalTech 
Organisation California Institute of Technology
Department Caltech Astronomy
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Preparing, performing and analysing Keck data then writing a number of papers from these obsevations..
Collaborator Contribution Access to Keck 10m telescopes
Impact Several papers from the publication list are the result of this collaboration.
Start Year 2006
Description Numerous schools visits, science fairs and open days 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The outreach activity in Durham is too wide and frequent to make filling in boxes like this feasible. If any group can they they aren't doing enough of it.

The public appreciation of astronomy in the North East is higher than it would be without our work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014