Hertfordshire Astronomy 2015-18

Lead Research Organisation: University of Hertfordshire
Department Name: School of Physics, Astronomy and Maths

Abstract

The Centre for Astrophysics Research carries out observational programmes spanning the wavelength range from X-ray to radio - supporting this by computer modelling and simulation. Our research ranges from observations of high-redshift galaxies at long wavelengths through to novel statistical analyses of observations seeking to detect planets outside our Solar System. In between these extremes, we carry out the largest multi-wavelength surveys conducted to date to understand the properties of the Milky Way and Magellanic System. Our research makes use of observations from all of the main European and international astronomical observatories, including ground-based observatories at optical, radio and submillimetre wavelengths, and space observatories at wavelengths ranging from the far infrared to X-rays. Computer simulations gives us a better understanding of the physical processes detected in our observations, and we need to apply advanced data-mining techniques to work with the ~terabyte datasets we are generating. Below is a brief description of our research in each of these areas.

We perform searches of nearby stars to discover planets. We especially target low mass M stars since they are the dominant type of star in the Universe and have not yet been searched. We focus on detection through Doppler wobble and by looking for planets periodically eclipsing their parent star. During the period of the grant we expect to make the first detections of Earth-mass planets in the habitable zones of nearby stars. We also discover, follow-up and model the properties of the coolest brown dwarfs whose temperatures overlap with those of planets. These studies aim to clarify the population of brown dwarfs and to establish how their modes of formation fit in with those of their brethren of different masses, ie. heavier (stars) or lighter (planets).

The Milky Way is our home galaxy. Material within it, in the form of gas and dust is the raw material for forming stars and planetary systems. At the end of stellar lives some of this material remains locked up in stellar remnants but much of it is returned in late superwind phases and supernova explosions. The cycle between accretion in youth and outflow in old age enriches the gaseous medium and rules its dynamics, via the thermal and mechanical energy injected into the
gas. By using large area imaging surveys, our research looks at how gas, dust and stars within the Milky Way and its major satellite, the Magellanic Clouds, are linked up. Our surveys span the optical to sub-mm domains tracing stars, extinction, molecular clouds, their dust properties and associated star formation.

Looking beyond the Milky Way, it is possible to appraise how stars form and evolve in different environments, from small dwarf galaxies to the outer parts of other galaxies like our own. We study the gas content of galaxies, providing the material for star formation, and link what we find to stellar populations and to star forming regions in the full range of local galaxies. By understanding the processes that trigger star formation and stellar evolution in the nearby Universe, we can apply this understanding to the very earliest galaxies and the first generations of stars in the distant Universe. Indeed some of our work focuses on high redshift galaxies detected with great efficiency at sub-millimetre wavelengths, and look forward to exploiting ALMA for such studies.

A new generation of surveys is mapping out the most distant galaxies, and allows us to investigate what links the processes of star formation and the growth of supermassive black holes. We also use detailed X-ray and radio
observations to measure the energy injected by jets ejected from supermassive black holes into distant galaxies and clusters of galaxies, affecting star formation and gas properties, and playing a long-term role in their evolutionary history.

Planned Impact

The public engagement programmes of the Centre for Astrophysics Research (CAR) will benefit the following: (i) the public through its Open Evenings at the Observatory. Six events a year are normally oversubscribed with bookings of ~400 per event. A large fraction of the visitors are family groups - which is important as parents, along with teachers, are most influential in the career choice of young people. A large number of activities engage the visitors so they get an understanding of a working observatory, learn what scientists do, and hear about some of their front line research; (ii) the Observatory hosts about 50 group visits annually, including private parties, brownie and scout troops. The programme, being similar to that of Open Evenings, gives the many young people attending the same experiences; (iii) CAR delivers 'cutting-edge' astronomy courses to teachers, including those whose initial training was not in physics. Delivered at the Science Learning Centre co-located with the Observatory (now a Science Learning Regional Consortium responsible for almost 50% of English schools) it helps teachers to better understand some of the concepts they teach, and gives them increased confidence to deliver the material in their classes; (iv) CAR continues to work with Astrium (now Airbus Defence and Space) on the EChO project (Exoplanet Characterisation Observatory) with related research and technology assessment exercises. This work focuses on simulating the expected properties of EChO M dwarfs and their transiting planets, and how these affect (and constrain) technological aspects of the proposed mission.

The above programmes have run for many years and will continue to do so as there is a clear demand and the extensive feedback remains very positive. New programmes, who they benefit and in what ways they will benefit include: (i) a proposal, which will be resubmitted to the STFC PE Small Awards, will take advantage of the automation of five of the seven domed telescopes, typical aperture 0.4m, to offer teachers the opportunity through both face-to-face and a web-based course to acquire the skills to propose observations, access the already considerable archive and most importantly to develop science-driven projects for their students. Although such opportunities exist on larger telescopes a key aspect of this proposal is that it will show what science can be done on a size of telescope that schools could aspire to; (ii) Dr James Geach, a recent appointment, and a Royal Society University Research Fellow (2013-18), is a member of the SpaceWarps 2 project. This provides CAR with the opportunity to be directly involved in a citizen science project, with - in this case - members of the public examining astronomical images to find galaxies so massive that they warp space and time (gravitational lensing); (iii) A few years ago UH, together with Manchester, Leeds & Oxford invested £125,000 each in the Consortium of Universities for Goonhilly Astronomy (CUGA) and in the wider goals of Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd (GES Ltd). The aim is develop Goonhilly's large dishes for radio astronomy, deep-space communication, and associated science and technology outreach. Progress to date has been slow, however very recently GES have now managed to complete the purchase option with BT and are now in ownership of the site. Although CAR will be involved in the scientific development of the facilities it will also be able to use its considerable experience to help develop the outreach programmes. These will be for the public visiting the southwest who will be able to learn about the technical and engineering developments that are part of modern communications and radio astronomy.

Publications

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Alonso-Garc (2017) Extinction Ratios in the Inner Galaxy as Revealed by the VVV Survey in The Astrophysical Journal

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Anglada-Escudé G (2016) NO EVIDENCE FOR ACTIVITY CORRELATIONS IN THE RADIAL VELOCITIES OF KAPTEYN'S STAR in The Astrophysical Journal

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Avison A (2016) Excited-state hydroxyl maser catalogue from the methanol multibeam survey - I. Positions and variability in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Bailey J (2015) A high-sensitivity polarimeter using a ferro-electric liquid crystal modulator in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

 
Description The research across 7 post-doc supported areas, ranged from exo-planet research out to the properties of the youngest galaxies at high redshift. A highight from each is given below.

1. The Herts team discovered the planets around Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System, and Barnard's star - the star with the largest apparent motion on the sky (as well as many other planets around the closest stars).

2. ESO VLT X-Shooter spectra of 196 ultra-cool dwarfs have revealed both spectroscopic diversity and unresolved multiplicity: this is opening the way to a future, better-optimised ~500-strong population of diversity-calibrating benchmark companions to Gaia stars.

3. Both Herts-led Galactic Plane H-alpha surveys are complete and the photometric data on about half-a-billion stars are being readied for final world releases -- science enabled by the the data (now combined with Gaia DR2 proper motions) has included the first measures of young stellar motions in the outer Milky-Way and the easy discovery of many massive runaway stars .

4. In a theoretical programme of work, we developed a model of superbubble feedback in disk galaxies that successfully reproduces many of the features of the high-energy observations of the Milky Way for the first time.

5. Our understanding of the process of star formation and to what extent radio continuum emission is a good proxy for this, received a major boost through the publication of "A Radio Continuum Study of Dwarf Galaxies", a survey at a wavelength of 6cm of 40 galaxies in the Local Volume.

6. Our work on the LOFAR wide-area survey led to the publication of the first survey data release, which gives public access to the deepest wide-area radio survey ever carried out, and allowed us to show quantitatively for the first time that radio-loud active galaxies are capable of supplying the energy required to maintain the temperature in groups and clusters of galaxies.

7. The powerful combination of SCUBA2 and ALMA have provided a view of the dust properties of ~5000 `normal' star-forming galaxies assembling their stars only 1-2
billion years after the Big Bang, revealing that these distant early systems, on average, contain dust with apparently very similar properties to dust in more local star-forming galaxies.
Exploitation Route The research of the centre routinely informs the Bayfordbury Observatory based outreach programme, and other related activities. The majority of our research is embedded in international collaborations. The research to date provided valuable input into the follow-on STFC consolidated grant - the new award began in April 2018. Graduate students benefitting from involvement in these research programmes are increasingly employable outside academia as experienced highly-trained data scientists.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

 
Description The astronomy research carried out routinely informs our outreach activities (open nights and group visits at Bayfordbury Observatory; visits to schools). It is becoming increasingly common that some of our PhD students, working in areas related to the grant and benefiting from the data associated, take the high-level 'big data' mining and management skills they acquire with us, into the UK commercial sector.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description Early Career and Returning to Research Grant
Amount £4,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Hertfordshire 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 01/2018
 
Description Hertfordshire Astronomy 2018-2021
Amount £1,912,238 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/R000905/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 03/2021
 
Description Newton Fund STFC-NARIT Capacity building for Thai Radio Astronomy
Amount £59,440 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2017 
End 02/2018
 
Description STFC UK-China SKA Radio Astronomy training programme
Amount £11,148 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2016 
End 08/2016
 
Title A Large Scale, Low Frequency Murchison Widefield Array Survey of Galactic HII regions between 260 < l < 340 
Description A database of HII regions detected at low frequency. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as of yet. 
URL http://vizier.u-strasbg.fr/
 
Title NCJM catalog of M dwarfs (Cook+, 2016) 
Description Locating ultracool companions to M dwarfs is important for constraining low-mass formation models, the measurement of substellar dynamical masses and radii, and for testing ultracool evolutionary models. We present an optimized method for identifying M dwarfs which may have unresolved ultracool companions. We construct a catalogue of 440 694 M dwarf candidates, from Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, Two Micron All-Sky Survey and Sloan Digital Sky Survey, based on optical- and near-infrared colours and reduced proper motion. With strict reddening, photometric and quality constraints we isolate a subsample of 36 898 M dwarfs and search for possible mid-infrared M dwarf + ultracool dwarf candidates by comparing M dwarfs which have similar optical/near-infrared colours (chosen for their sensitivity to effective temperature and metallicity). We present 1082 M dwarf + ultracool dwarf candidates for follow-up. Using simulated ultracool dwarf companions to M dwarfs, we estimate that the occurrence of unresolved ultracool companions amongst our M dwarf + ultracool dwarf candidates should be at least four times the average for our full M dwarf catalogue. We discuss possible contamination and bias and predict yields of candidates based on our simulations. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Spectroscopically identified UCD companion in the brown dwarf desert around an M dwarf. 
URL http://vizier.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/VizieR-3?-source=J/MNRAS/457/2192&-out.max=50&-out.form=HTML%20Ta...
 
Title VizieR Online Data Catalog: GaLactic and Extragalactic All-sky MWA survey (Hurley-Walker+, 2016) 
Description Data base of sources detected in the Galactic and Extragalactic All-sky MWA survey. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Significant applications to other research projects and area. 
URL http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016yCat.8100....0H
 
Description A pilot for KuGARS: the Ku-band Galactic Reconnaissance Survey 
Organisation University of Hertfordshire
Department Centre for Astrophysics Research (CAR)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Data reduction
Collaborator Contribution Planning and execution
Impact Still in data reduction phase.
Start Year 2014
 
Description BISTRO SCUBA polarimetry of Gould Belt 
Organisation James Clerk Maxwell Telescope
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution co-investigator
Collaborator Contribution expertise on the role of magnetic fields in star formation
Impact papers published and in preparation
Start Year 2016
 
Description GAIA benchmark brown dwarf group 
Organisation Astrobiology Center (CAB)
Country Spain 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A collaboration exploiting GAIA for benchmark brown dwarf science. 20 collaborators across 9 institutes in 5 countries. Includes membership of the GAIA Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (CU8 and CU3 on Astrophsyical/UCD characterisation, and astrometry) from CAR itself and other institutes. CAR leads ongoing International telescope time proposal initiatives in this work. We also maintain a spectroscopic database being used for quality assurance of the Gaia results especially at the faint end where other ground based comparison datasets are limited.
Collaborator Contribution A collaboration exploiting GAIA for benchmark brown dwarf science. 20 collaborators across 9 institutes in 5 countries. Includes membership of the GAIA Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (CU8 and CU3 on Astrophsyical/UCD characterisation, and astrometry) from CAR itself and other institutes. CAR leads ongoing International telescope time proposal initiatives in this work. We also maintain a spectroscopic database being used for quality assurance of the Gaia results especially at the faint end where other ground based comparison datasets are limited.
Impact Telescope time from joint proposals. Refereed papers resulting from this time and our collaborative work.
Start Year 2015
 
Description GAIA benchmark brown dwarf group 
Organisation Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands
Country Spain 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution A collaboration exploiting GAIA for benchmark brown dwarf science. 20 collaborators across 9 institutes in 5 countries. Includes membership of the GAIA Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (CU8 and CU3 on Astrophsyical/UCD characterisation, and astrometry) from CAR itself and other institutes. CAR leads ongoing International telescope time proposal initiatives in this work. We also maintain a spectroscopic database being used for quality assurance of the Gaia results especially at the faint end where other ground based comparison datasets are limited.
Collaborator Contribution A collaboration exploiting GAIA for benchmark brown dwarf science. 20 collaborators across 9 institutes in 5 countries. Includes membership of the GAIA Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (CU8 and CU3 on Astrophsyical/UCD characterisation, and astrometry) from CAR itself and other institutes. CAR leads ongoing International telescope time proposal initiatives in this work. We also maintain a spectroscopic database being used for quality assurance of the Gaia results especially at the faint end where other ground based comparison datasets are limited.
Impact Telescope time from joint proposals. Refereed papers resulting from this time and our collaborative work.
Start Year 2015
 
Description GAIA benchmark brown dwarf group 
Organisation National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Department NASA Ames Exploration Center
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution A collaboration exploiting GAIA for benchmark brown dwarf science. 20 collaborators across 9 institutes in 5 countries. Includes membership of the GAIA Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (CU8 and CU3 on Astrophsyical/UCD characterisation, and astrometry) from CAR itself and other institutes. CAR leads ongoing International telescope time proposal initiatives in this work. We also maintain a spectroscopic database being used for quality assurance of the Gaia results especially at the faint end where other ground based comparison datasets are limited.
Collaborator Contribution A collaboration exploiting GAIA for benchmark brown dwarf science. 20 collaborators across 9 institutes in 5 countries. Includes membership of the GAIA Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (CU8 and CU3 on Astrophsyical/UCD characterisation, and astrometry) from CAR itself and other institutes. CAR leads ongoing International telescope time proposal initiatives in this work. We also maintain a spectroscopic database being used for quality assurance of the Gaia results especially at the faint end where other ground based comparison datasets are limited.
Impact Telescope time from joint proposals. Refereed papers resulting from this time and our collaborative work.
Start Year 2015
 
Description GAIA benchmark brown dwarf group 
Organisation National Institute for Nuclear Physics
Department National Institute for Nuclear Physics - Torino
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A collaboration exploiting GAIA for benchmark brown dwarf science. 20 collaborators across 9 institutes in 5 countries. Includes membership of the GAIA Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (CU8 and CU3 on Astrophsyical/UCD characterisation, and astrometry) from CAR itself and other institutes. CAR leads ongoing International telescope time proposal initiatives in this work. We also maintain a spectroscopic database being used for quality assurance of the Gaia results especially at the faint end where other ground based comparison datasets are limited.
Collaborator Contribution A collaboration exploiting GAIA for benchmark brown dwarf science. 20 collaborators across 9 institutes in 5 countries. Includes membership of the GAIA Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (CU8 and CU3 on Astrophsyical/UCD characterisation, and astrometry) from CAR itself and other institutes. CAR leads ongoing International telescope time proposal initiatives in this work. We also maintain a spectroscopic database being used for quality assurance of the Gaia results especially at the faint end where other ground based comparison datasets are limited.
Impact Telescope time from joint proposals. Refereed papers resulting from this time and our collaborative work.
Start Year 2015
 
Description GAIA benchmark brown dwarf group 
Organisation National University of Distance Education
Country Spain 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A collaboration exploiting GAIA for benchmark brown dwarf science. 20 collaborators across 9 institutes in 5 countries. Includes membership of the GAIA Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (CU8 and CU3 on Astrophsyical/UCD characterisation, and astrometry) from CAR itself and other institutes. CAR leads ongoing International telescope time proposal initiatives in this work. We also maintain a spectroscopic database being used for quality assurance of the Gaia results especially at the faint end where other ground based comparison datasets are limited.
Collaborator Contribution A collaboration exploiting GAIA for benchmark brown dwarf science. 20 collaborators across 9 institutes in 5 countries. Includes membership of the GAIA Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (CU8 and CU3 on Astrophsyical/UCD characterisation, and astrometry) from CAR itself and other institutes. CAR leads ongoing International telescope time proposal initiatives in this work. We also maintain a spectroscopic database being used for quality assurance of the Gaia results especially at the faint end where other ground based comparison datasets are limited.
Impact Telescope time from joint proposals. Refereed papers resulting from this time and our collaborative work.
Start Year 2015
 
Description GAIA benchmark brown dwarf group 
Organisation Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A collaboration exploiting GAIA for benchmark brown dwarf science. 20 collaborators across 9 institutes in 5 countries. Includes membership of the GAIA Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (CU8 and CU3 on Astrophsyical/UCD characterisation, and astrometry) from CAR itself and other institutes. CAR leads ongoing International telescope time proposal initiatives in this work. We also maintain a spectroscopic database being used for quality assurance of the Gaia results especially at the faint end where other ground based comparison datasets are limited.
Collaborator Contribution A collaboration exploiting GAIA for benchmark brown dwarf science. 20 collaborators across 9 institutes in 5 countries. Includes membership of the GAIA Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (CU8 and CU3 on Astrophsyical/UCD characterisation, and astrometry) from CAR itself and other institutes. CAR leads ongoing International telescope time proposal initiatives in this work. We also maintain a spectroscopic database being used for quality assurance of the Gaia results especially at the faint end where other ground based comparison datasets are limited.
Impact Telescope time from joint proposals. Refereed papers resulting from this time and our collaborative work.
Start Year 2015
 
Description GAIA benchmark brown dwarf group 
Organisation University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A collaboration exploiting GAIA for benchmark brown dwarf science. 20 collaborators across 9 institutes in 5 countries. Includes membership of the GAIA Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (CU8 and CU3 on Astrophsyical/UCD characterisation, and astrometry) from CAR itself and other institutes. CAR leads ongoing International telescope time proposal initiatives in this work. We also maintain a spectroscopic database being used for quality assurance of the Gaia results especially at the faint end where other ground based comparison datasets are limited.
Collaborator Contribution A collaboration exploiting GAIA for benchmark brown dwarf science. 20 collaborators across 9 institutes in 5 countries. Includes membership of the GAIA Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (CU8 and CU3 on Astrophsyical/UCD characterisation, and astrometry) from CAR itself and other institutes. CAR leads ongoing International telescope time proposal initiatives in this work. We also maintain a spectroscopic database being used for quality assurance of the Gaia results especially at the faint end where other ground based comparison datasets are limited.
Impact Telescope time from joint proposals. Refereed papers resulting from this time and our collaborative work.
Start Year 2015
 
Description GAIA benchmark brown dwarf group 
Organisation University of Toledo
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A collaboration exploiting GAIA for benchmark brown dwarf science. 20 collaborators across 9 institutes in 5 countries. Includes membership of the GAIA Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (CU8 and CU3 on Astrophsyical/UCD characterisation, and astrometry) from CAR itself and other institutes. CAR leads ongoing International telescope time proposal initiatives in this work. We also maintain a spectroscopic database being used for quality assurance of the Gaia results especially at the faint end where other ground based comparison datasets are limited.
Collaborator Contribution A collaboration exploiting GAIA for benchmark brown dwarf science. 20 collaborators across 9 institutes in 5 countries. Includes membership of the GAIA Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (CU8 and CU3 on Astrophsyical/UCD characterisation, and astrometry) from CAR itself and other institutes. CAR leads ongoing International telescope time proposal initiatives in this work. We also maintain a spectroscopic database being used for quality assurance of the Gaia results especially at the faint end where other ground based comparison datasets are limited.
Impact Telescope time from joint proposals. Refereed papers resulting from this time and our collaborative work.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Gaia-ESO Survey 
Organisation Keele University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Drew is member of the steering committee. UH team contributes photometric data useful for setting up spectroscopic targets
Collaborator Contribution Execute and analyse VLT spectroscopy (large ESO programme)
Impact Some Publications.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Gaia-ESO Survey 
Organisation National Institute for Astrophysics
Department Arcetri Observatory
Country Italy 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Drew is member of the steering committee. UH team contributes photometric data useful for setting up spectroscopic targets
Collaborator Contribution Execute and analyse VLT spectroscopy (large ESO programme)
Impact Some Publications.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Gaia-ESO Survey 
Organisation Paris Institute of Astrophysics
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Drew is member of the steering committee. UH team contributes photometric data useful for setting up spectroscopic targets
Collaborator Contribution Execute and analyse VLT spectroscopy (large ESO programme)
Impact Some Publications.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Gaia-ESO Survey 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department Institute of Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Drew is member of the steering committee. UH team contributes photometric data useful for setting up spectroscopic targets
Collaborator Contribution Execute and analyse VLT spectroscopy (large ESO programme)
Impact Some Publications.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Gaia-ESO Survey 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Drew is member of the steering committee. UH team contributes photometric data useful for setting up spectroscopic targets
Collaborator Contribution Execute and analyse VLT spectroscopy (large ESO programme)
Impact Some Publications.
Start Year 2011
 
Description High Resolution Spectral Age Studies of Nearby Dwarf Irregular Galaxies 
Organisation University of Hertfordshire
Department Centre for Astrophysics Research (CAR)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Assisted in planning observations
Collaborator Contribution Project Lead
Impact Awaiting news of whether time has been allocated
Start Year 2015
 
Description IPHAS 
Organisation Harvard University
Department Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Principal Investigator institute All observing requests since the survey's 2003 inception written by PI. UH has taken prominent roles in science exploitation and is in charge of major catalogue releases (e.g. DR2 in 2014, and another major release being prepared for late 2018 merging data from IPHAS and its companion survey UVEX).
Collaborator Contribution Have contributed to observing effort, formulation of policy and science exploitation. Not all partners listed (see website for complete list). Data collection finally end in the second half of 2017.
Impact Publications including a world-accessible database of astronomical photometry - see publications area on iphas website, www.iphas.org.
 
Description IPHAS 
Organisation Imperial College London
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Principal Investigator institute All observing requests since the survey's 2003 inception written by PI. UH has taken prominent roles in science exploitation and is in charge of major catalogue releases (e.g. DR2 in 2014, and another major release being prepared for late 2018 merging data from IPHAS and its companion survey UVEX).
Collaborator Contribution Have contributed to observing effort, formulation of policy and science exploitation. Not all partners listed (see website for complete list). Data collection finally end in the second half of 2017.
Impact Publications including a world-accessible database of astronomical photometry - see publications area on iphas website, www.iphas.org.
 
Description IPHAS 
Organisation Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands
Country Spain 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Principal Investigator institute All observing requests since the survey's 2003 inception written by PI. UH has taken prominent roles in science exploitation and is in charge of major catalogue releases (e.g. DR2 in 2014, and another major release being prepared for late 2018 merging data from IPHAS and its companion survey UVEX).
Collaborator Contribution Have contributed to observing effort, formulation of policy and science exploitation. Not all partners listed (see website for complete list). Data collection finally end in the second half of 2017.
Impact Publications including a world-accessible database of astronomical photometry - see publications area on iphas website, www.iphas.org.
 
Description IPHAS 
Organisation Radboud University Nijmegen
Department Department of Astrophysics
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Principal Investigator institute All observing requests since the survey's 2003 inception written by PI. UH has taken prominent roles in science exploitation and is in charge of major catalogue releases (e.g. DR2 in 2014, and another major release being prepared for late 2018 merging data from IPHAS and its companion survey UVEX).
Collaborator Contribution Have contributed to observing effort, formulation of policy and science exploitation. Not all partners listed (see website for complete list). Data collection finally end in the second half of 2017.
Impact Publications including a world-accessible database of astronomical photometry - see publications area on iphas website, www.iphas.org.
 
Description IPHAS 
Organisation University College London
Department Department of Physics & Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Principal Investigator institute All observing requests since the survey's 2003 inception written by PI. UH has taken prominent roles in science exploitation and is in charge of major catalogue releases (e.g. DR2 in 2014, and another major release being prepared for late 2018 merging data from IPHAS and its companion survey UVEX).
Collaborator Contribution Have contributed to observing effort, formulation of policy and science exploitation. Not all partners listed (see website for complete list). Data collection finally end in the second half of 2017.
Impact Publications including a world-accessible database of astronomical photometry - see publications area on iphas website, www.iphas.org.
 
Description IPHAS 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department Institute of Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Principal Investigator institute All observing requests since the survey's 2003 inception written by PI. UH has taken prominent roles in science exploitation and is in charge of major catalogue releases (e.g. DR2 in 2014, and another major release being prepared for late 2018 merging data from IPHAS and its companion survey UVEX).
Collaborator Contribution Have contributed to observing effort, formulation of policy and science exploitation. Not all partners listed (see website for complete list). Data collection finally end in the second half of 2017.
Impact Publications including a world-accessible database of astronomical photometry - see publications area on iphas website, www.iphas.org.
 
Description IPHAS 
Organisation University of Graz
Department Institute of Physics
Country Austria 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Principal Investigator institute All observing requests since the survey's 2003 inception written by PI. UH has taken prominent roles in science exploitation and is in charge of major catalogue releases (e.g. DR2 in 2014, and another major release being prepared for late 2018 merging data from IPHAS and its companion survey UVEX).
Collaborator Contribution Have contributed to observing effort, formulation of policy and science exploitation. Not all partners listed (see website for complete list). Data collection finally end in the second half of 2017.
Impact Publications including a world-accessible database of astronomical photometry - see publications area on iphas website, www.iphas.org.
 
Description IPHAS 
Organisation University of Manchester
Department School of Physics and Astronomy Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Principal Investigator institute All observing requests since the survey's 2003 inception written by PI. UH has taken prominent roles in science exploitation and is in charge of major catalogue releases (e.g. DR2 in 2014, and another major release being prepared for late 2018 merging data from IPHAS and its companion survey UVEX).
Collaborator Contribution Have contributed to observing effort, formulation of policy and science exploitation. Not all partners listed (see website for complete list). Data collection finally end in the second half of 2017.
Impact Publications including a world-accessible database of astronomical photometry - see publications area on iphas website, www.iphas.org.
 
Description IPHAS 
Organisation University of Warwick
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Principal Investigator institute All observing requests since the survey's 2003 inception written by PI. UH has taken prominent roles in science exploitation and is in charge of major catalogue releases (e.g. DR2 in 2014, and another major release being prepared for late 2018 merging data from IPHAS and its companion survey UVEX).
Collaborator Contribution Have contributed to observing effort, formulation of policy and science exploitation. Not all partners listed (see website for complete list). Data collection finally end in the second half of 2017.
Impact Publications including a world-accessible database of astronomical photometry - see publications area on iphas website, www.iphas.org.
 
Description Low Frequency Insights into the Radio Continuum - Star Formation Rate Relation 
Organisation National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Successfully proposed and obtained low frequency LOFAR observations of two nearby galaxies.
Collaborator Contribution Assisted with developing the science and technical proposal case.
Impact Reduced data.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Low Frequency Insights into the Radio Continuum - Star Formation Rate Relation 
Organisation University of Hertfordshire
Department Centre for Astrophysics Research (CAR)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Successfully proposed and obtained low frequency LOFAR observations of two nearby galaxies.
Collaborator Contribution Assisted with developing the science and technical proposal case.
Impact Reduced data.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Non-thermal radio haloes surrounding dwarf irregular galaxies 
Organisation University of Southampton
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Assisted in proposal planning
Collaborator Contribution Project Lead
Impact Awaiting news of whether time has been allocated
Start Year 2015
 
Description Probing the Radio Continuum - Star Formation Rate relation 
Organisation University of Hertfordshire
Department Centre for Astrophysics Research (CAR)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Assisted in preparing observing proposal
Collaborator Contribution Project Lead
Impact Awaiting news of whether time has been allocated.
Start Year 2015
 
Description The Murchison Widefield Array Galactic and Extragalactic group 
Organisation Murchison Widefield Array
Country Peru 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Contributed to commissioning of the instrument. Early science and first catalogue of HII regions.
Collaborator Contribution Extragalactic catalogue, design of data reduction pipeline and post processing.
Impact Numerous publications
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Radio Continuum - Star Formation Rate relation revisited 
Organisation University of Hertfordshire
Department Centre for Astrophysics Research (CAR)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Planning data acquisition, data reduction.
Collaborator Contribution Previous observations.
Impact PhD dissertation, Ged Kitchener
Start Year 2015
 
Description The WEAVE project 
Organisation Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands
Country Spain 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Survey Working Group member for the SCIP survey.
Collaborator Contribution Survey implentation and execution.
Impact Currently in implementation phase.
Start Year 2016
 
Description VPHAS+ 
Organisation Imperial College London
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Drew is Principal Investigator of this ESO/VST public survey. Drew and PDRA + students are managing the survey and exploiting the data for science.
Collaborator Contribution Some contributed funds to the purchase of the H-alpha filter used by the survey. Some are contributing survey management/processing effort (e.g. Cambridge, Graz and Tautenburg), others are involved in or planning science exploitation.
Impact Refereed journal papers, contributions to conferences, processed data uploaded to ESO archive and CDS in Strasbourg
Start Year 2006
 
Description VPHAS+ 
Organisation Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands
Country Spain 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Drew is Principal Investigator of this ESO/VST public survey. Drew and PDRA + students are managing the survey and exploiting the data for science.
Collaborator Contribution Some contributed funds to the purchase of the H-alpha filter used by the survey. Some are contributing survey management/processing effort (e.g. Cambridge, Graz and Tautenburg), others are involved in or planning science exploitation.
Impact Refereed journal papers, contributions to conferences, processed data uploaded to ESO archive and CDS in Strasbourg
Start Year 2006
 
Description VPHAS+ 
Organisation Karl Schwarzschild Observatory
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Drew is Principal Investigator of this ESO/VST public survey. Drew and PDRA + students are managing the survey and exploiting the data for science.
Collaborator Contribution Some contributed funds to the purchase of the H-alpha filter used by the survey. Some are contributing survey management/processing effort (e.g. Cambridge, Graz and Tautenburg), others are involved in or planning science exploitation.
Impact Refereed journal papers, contributions to conferences, processed data uploaded to ESO archive and CDS in Strasbourg
Start Year 2006
 
Description VPHAS+ 
Organisation University College London
Department Department of Physics & Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Drew is Principal Investigator of this ESO/VST public survey. Drew and PDRA + students are managing the survey and exploiting the data for science.
Collaborator Contribution Some contributed funds to the purchase of the H-alpha filter used by the survey. Some are contributing survey management/processing effort (e.g. Cambridge, Graz and Tautenburg), others are involved in or planning science exploitation.
Impact Refereed journal papers, contributions to conferences, processed data uploaded to ESO archive and CDS in Strasbourg
Start Year 2006
 
Description VPHAS+ 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department Cambridge Astronomy Survey Unit (CASU)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Drew is Principal Investigator of this ESO/VST public survey. Drew and PDRA + students are managing the survey and exploiting the data for science.
Collaborator Contribution Some contributed funds to the purchase of the H-alpha filter used by the survey. Some are contributing survey management/processing effort (e.g. Cambridge, Graz and Tautenburg), others are involved in or planning science exploitation.
Impact Refereed journal papers, contributions to conferences, processed data uploaded to ESO archive and CDS in Strasbourg
Start Year 2006
 
Description VPHAS+ 
Organisation University of Graz
Country Austria 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Drew is Principal Investigator of this ESO/VST public survey. Drew and PDRA + students are managing the survey and exploiting the data for science.
Collaborator Contribution Some contributed funds to the purchase of the H-alpha filter used by the survey. Some are contributing survey management/processing effort (e.g. Cambridge, Graz and Tautenburg), others are involved in or planning science exploitation.
Impact Refereed journal papers, contributions to conferences, processed data uploaded to ESO archive and CDS in Strasbourg
Start Year 2006
 
Description VPHAS+ 
Organisation University of Manchester
Department School of Physics and Astronomy Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Drew is Principal Investigator of this ESO/VST public survey. Drew and PDRA + students are managing the survey and exploiting the data for science.
Collaborator Contribution Some contributed funds to the purchase of the H-alpha filter used by the survey. Some are contributing survey management/processing effort (e.g. Cambridge, Graz and Tautenburg), others are involved in or planning science exploitation.
Impact Refereed journal papers, contributions to conferences, processed data uploaded to ESO archive and CDS in Strasbourg
Start Year 2006
 
Description VPHAS+ 
Organisation University of Warwick
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Drew is Principal Investigator of this ESO/VST public survey. Drew and PDRA + students are managing the survey and exploiting the data for science.
Collaborator Contribution Some contributed funds to the purchase of the H-alpha filter used by the survey. Some are contributing survey management/processing effort (e.g. Cambridge, Graz and Tautenburg), others are involved in or planning science exploitation.
Impact Refereed journal papers, contributions to conferences, processed data uploaded to ESO archive and CDS in Strasbourg
Start Year 2006
 
Description post-AGB objects in the UWISH2 survey 
Organisation University of Kent
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Exploitation of the UWISH2 survey
Collaborator Contribution Co-supervision of MSc student Survey database hosted at University of Kent
Impact 4 publications
Start Year 2012
 
Title Agatha 
Description Disentangling periodic signals from correlated noise in a periodogram framework 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Not yet - used for a number of papers submitted to journals 
URL https://phillippro.shinyapps.io/Agatha/
 
Title Agatha: disentangling periodic signals from correlated noise in a periodogram framework 
Description The Agatha algorithm is to find the weak signals embedded in correlated noise. This web app is based on the code in GitHub: https://github.com/phillippro/agatha. The corresponding paper is titled "Agatha: disentangle periodic signals from correlated noise in a periodogram framework" by Feng F., Tuomi M., Jones H. R. A., published in MNRAS, 2017. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2017 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Listed as one of the main tools for detection of exoplanets by the Reddot campaign (https://reddots.space/toolkit/). It has been used to find several exoplanets (HD177565b, Tau Ceti g and h, HD20794 b,c,d,e, HD 76920b etc. ) 
URL https://scholar.google.co.uk/scholar?cites=14272985763360637287&as_sdt=2005&sciodt=0,5&hl=en
 
Title LOFAR Tier 1 pipeline 
Description A fully automatic LOFAR data reduction pipeline for imaging. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact A number of publications have already used this software. 
URL https://github.com/mhardcastle/ddf-pipeline
 
Description Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy - training in Botswana/Namibia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Development of radio astronomy skills in Botswana/Namibia as part of the wider drive to develop expertise across a number of African countries (as part of the "Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy" - A Newton Fund Project)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=ST%2FM007693%2F1
 
Description Press Release 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press Release describing the results contained in 2 of my publications on Eruptive Protostars that were published together.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Radio Astronomy for Development in Africa - A Newton Fund Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Development of radio astronomy skills in Zambia as part of the wider drive to develop expertise across a number of African countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=ST%2FM007693%2F1
 
Description Reaching out with Rosetta (Edinburgh International Science Festival) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Reaching out with Rosetta (Edinburgh International Science Festival 11th April 205)
Public awareness of Rosetta mission and its broad implications, 10 min talks by panel speakers (Helen Keen (Host), Prof Hugh Jones, Prof Monica Grady, Ken Macleod, Marcus Chown, Jennifer Rodger-Casebow) and then panel discussion. Event lasted for 1.5 hours.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Summer student project supervision (Nuffield bursary students through SetPoint) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact I host 6th form students (2-10 per year) at my institute to carry out 4 week summer research projects in astronomy. These students come through SetPoint and are given Nuffield bursaries to support them during their projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010
 
Description TV interview with ITN London news 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact TV interview on ITN London news in January 2017 (following the related press release) regarding 2 publications on eruptive protostars that were published together.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017