Gemini Studentship

Lead Research Organisation: Durham University
Department Name: Physics


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Title Cosmic Origins 
Description A stereoscopic movie showcasing the work of the Institute for Computational Cosmology, made for the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition in 2009. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2009 
Impact This movie was seen by around 5000 visitors to Summer Science in 2009 and around 30000 in 2010 (this was a larger event due to the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society). The movie won an award for 3D films, beating off competition from Disney. 
Description Galaxies are made up of stars. Modelling the formation of galaxies is made all the more complicated as we do not have a good theory for how stars form. Claudia Lagos' thesis work implemented an observationally motivated treatment of star formation into our code to simulate the formation of galaxies. This allowed the mode to make more detailed predictions for the properties of galaxies, such as the amount of molecular and atomic hydrogen they contain. This will allow the model to help guide the design of surveys with the Square Kilometre Array.
Exploitation Route The results of the model could be used by educators to enthuse the next generation of scientists - we are now able to make predictions for the biggest telescope on the planet: the Atacama Large Millimeter Array.
Sectors Education,Other

Description This project supported a PhD student who developed the Durham group's code to simulate the formation of galaxies. This extension focused on the treatment of star formation in the model. Other work examined a more physical calculation of the impact of supernovae on the interstellar medium in galaxies.
First Year Of Impact 2011
Sector Education,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

Title Millennium Archive 
Description The Millennium Archive is a relational database at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics at Garching, Germany that is mirrored in Durham. This allows remote users to access data from the Millennium N-body simulations and associated galaxy catalogues. Users can download and manipulate data. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2006 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This database will shortly contain models produced under the Gemini studentship. The database will also be used to serve mock catalogues to the Euclid Consortium 
Description Participation of the ICC in the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibtions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The ICC has been awarded places at the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibitions in 2002, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2013. We have developed new exhibits for each event, including a series of successful stereoscopic movies (Cosmic Cookery, Cosmic Origins I, Cosmic Origins II). Cosmic Origins I won an award. These movies have been shown at events and in museums all over the world. The Summer Science events have been attended by 5000-10000 people, made up of members of the general public, school pupils and policy makers.

After the 2013, we were invited by the British Council to represent Britain at international events (the Thai Festival of Science and Engineering, and GREAT in Stockholm, both in 2013)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity Pre-2006,2006,2009,2010,2013