PATT Linked Grant for the Durham Astrophysics Group 2012-14

Lead Research Organisation: Durham University
Department Name: Physics


The Durham observational astronomers are among the most successful at obtaining telescope time at observatories around the world. This grant for travel funds is to ensure that the observers have an administratively simple source of funds to be present at the telescope to execute their observations.


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Allen J (2015) The SAMI Galaxy Survey: Early Data Release in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Alpaslan M (2014) Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): the large-scale structure of galaxies and comparison to mock universes in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Alpaslan M (2014) Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): fine filaments of galaxies detected within voids in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters

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Balogh M (2014) The GEEC2 spectroscopic survey of Galaxy groups at 0.8 < z < 1 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Bielby R (2013) The VLT LBG Redshift Survey - III. The clustering and dynamics of Lyman-break galaxies at z ~ 3? in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Chehade B (2016) The 2QDES Pilot: the luminosity and redshift dependence of quasar clustering 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 2012
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 04/2011 
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