PATT Linked Grant for the Durham Astrophysics Group 2014-16

Lead Research Organisation: Durham University
Department Name: Physics

Abstract

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.

Publications

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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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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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Bryant J (2015) The SAMI Galaxy Survey: instrument specification and target selection in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Casteels K (2014) Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): refining the local galaxy merger rate using morphological information in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Chehade Ben (2016) The 2QDES Pilot: the luminosity and redshift dependence of quasar clustering in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

 
Description The award of funds to travel to telescopes that this grant enabled allowed Durham astronomers to make a number of significant new discoveries in the properties of galaxies, clusters of galaxies and AGN over a wide range in distance from the Milky Way. These ranged from sub-mm surveys with the JCMT and the SCUBA-2 instrument on Hawaii, using a new instrument KMOS, on the VLT in Chile. developed in Durham, using the Australia Telescope Compact Array in Australia as well as optical and sub-mm telescopes in Europe and the Canary Islands.
Exploitation Route The sub-mm surveys have a wide impact as the SCUBA-2 instrument is unique and the sources detected are being followed up by Durham astronomers and others with ALMA and many other optical, NIR and radio telescopes.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education

 
Description GAMA and SAMI Surveys using AAT 
Organisation Anglo Australian Observatory
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Involvement in large AAT surveys GAMA and SAMI through collaboration and contribution to observing effort facilitated by our PATT travel grant.
Collaborator Contribution Observing effort, data analysis and creation of mock catalogues from N-body simulations.
Impact Numerous papers from the GAMA and SAMI consortia.
Start Year 2011
 
Description GAMA and SAMI Surveys using AAT 
Organisation University of Sydney
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Involvement in large AAT surveys GAMA and SAMI through collaboration and contribution to observing effort facilitated by our PATT travel grant.
Collaborator Contribution Observing effort, data analysis and creation of mock catalogues from N-body simulations.
Impact Numerous papers from the GAMA and SAMI consortia.
Start Year 2011
 
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 are\
n'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 2011,2012