PATT Linked Grant for observational astrophysics at QUB: 2014 - 2016

Lead Research Organisation: Queen's University of Belfast
Department Name: Sch of Mathematics and Physics


Our proposal seeks to renew the PATT Linked Grant at Queen's University Belfast. This award will cover our travel and subsistence costs to both STFC and non-STFC observing facilities. The major topics of observational astrophysics research to be covered by the PATT Linked Grant include:

- investigations of supernovae and the end stages of stellar evolution;

- high temporal, spatial and spectral resolution observations of the solar atmosphere and those of other cool stars;

- studies of solar system bodies, including comets and asteroids;

- astrochemistry, including that of interstellar and circumstellar clouds;

- detection and characterisation of exoplanets.


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Aggarwal K (2015) Energy levels, radiative rates and electron impact excitation rates for transitions in C iii in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Aggarwal K (2015) Electron impact excitation of Be-like ions: a comparison of darc and icft results in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Aggarwal K (2016) Radiative rates for E1, E2, M1, and M2 transitions in Br-like ions with 43 = Z = 50 in Atomic Data and Nuclear Data Tables

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Burton J (2015) Defocused transmission spectroscopy: a potential detection of sodium in the atmosphere of WASP-12b in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Campbell H (2015) Total eclipse of the heart: the AM CVn Gaia14aae/ASSASN-14cn in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Description Astronomy PATT grants
Amount £47,573 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/P001041/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2016 
End 09/2018
Title Database of (reduced) data from the ROSA solar imager and instruments on the Swedish Solar Telescope. 
Description Database of reduced solar imaging data from the ROSA imager and Swedish Solar Telescope (including application of image reconstruction software to produce images at the diffraction limit). 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Databases for both ROSA and SST data are now well established and accessed by the solar physics community. 
Description Jupiter Watch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Attended by over 500 annually.

Increased awareness and appreciation of astronomy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2016,2019