UK Gemini support

Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford
Department Name: Oxford Physics


The Gemini Observatory operates twin 8-m optical/infrared telescopes equipped with some of the most sensitive instruments in the world, one on the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and the other on Cerro Pachon, Chile, on behalf of a 6 nation partnership. Through the contributions made by the STFC, the UK has access to 20% of the observing time. This time is allocated to astronomers in UK Universities and research institutes through a peer-review process which assesses the scientific merit of observing proposals. To ensure efficient exploitation of Gemini, a small group of astronomers provides support to the UK astronomers in applying for observing time and in formulating the instrument configurations, the movements of the telescopes, and the detector settings so that the observing time is used effectively. The group also supports the evaluation of observing proposals and UK input to the Gemini observatory management. To maintain expertise, group members assist the observatory staff in conducting observations and also conduct their own individual research projects. In this application, we seek renewal of the grant that has supported the UK National Gemini Office at Oxford University since it was established in 1999.


10 25 50

publication icon
Canty J (2013) Towards precise ages and masses of Free Floating Planetary Mass Brown Dwarfs in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

publication icon
Clements D (2010) Herschel -ATLAS: Extragalactic number counts from 250 to 500 microns in Astronomy and Astrophysics

publication icon
Clowes R (2012) Two close large quasar groups of size ~ 350 Mpc at Two close large quasar groups in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

publication icon
Coldwell G (2009) Dichotomy in host environments and signs of recycled active galactic nuclei in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Description This award has supported research made with the STFC_supported Gemini telescopes (which the UK has now withdrawn from).
Exploitation Route The results obtained have stimulated further telescope proposals and instrument developments
Sectors Education,Other

Description NAM 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Workshop Facilitator
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Outreach and presentational events

leaflets - interactive programmes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011
Description Outreach programmes at a variety of stargazing events 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Poster Presentation
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Contributions to telescope evenings and open day events.

Continuing high demand for the Oxford outreach programmes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013