Sciama2, the new supercomputer, is now running as an autonomous environment in parallel with the original Sciama. At the moment user accounts, applications, libraries and data are being transferred to the new machine. Jobs are currently running in both environments but in October the old Sciama will be updated (Operating Systems, Firmware etc) and merged with Sciama2.
ICG members are involved in the UK-Japan 150 year anniversary, Science, Technology and Innovation Symposium - Astronomy & Space Science. Bob Nichol will give a lecture on Galaxy Survey and Cosmology. Kazuya Koyama has been involved in the organisation.
The symposium will take place from13:00 to 19:00 on Friday, 6th December 2013 at the Embassy of Japan in the UK, 101-104 Piccadilly W1J 7JT. It will be followed by a reception.
We are happy to announce that the "Physics Group" at Portsmouth (which consists of the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, and the members of the School of Environmental and Earth Sciences who contribute to the Applied Physics course) have been accepted as supporters of the Institute of Ph
Last night ICG hosted an event in the RSA Fellowship South East region series Ideas in Education.
The article "Stellar population models at high spectral resolution" by ICG researchers Claudia Maraston and Gustav Stromback published in 2011 in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society was acknowledged for "significantly contributing to raise the overall journal impact parameter by 13%, from 4.9 to 5.521". This has good implications on REF as ICG science team often publishes on MNRAS.
Claudia Maraston of the ICG is part of the Scientific Organising Committee of a Symposium of the International Astronomical Union that was successfully selected. The Symposium entitled "Galaxy Masses as Constraints of Formation Models" will be held in Oxford in July 2014 (http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/iau311/). It will be the occasion to celebrate the career of Roger Davies, Chairman of Physics at Oxford. The conference follows the successful 2009 meeting at Queen's University devoted to celebrate Vera Rubin, who discovered Dark Matter in galaxies.
The ICG recently hosted a number of students on short work experience visits to learn what it is like to be a researcher in astronomy. Ellie Waddington (Yr 11 Tunbridge Wells School for Girls), Vince Parker, Tom Knapman (both Yr 10 from Crofton School in Stubbington) and Liam Stigant (Yr 12 Portsmouth Grammar School) all visited the ICG for one or two weeks in July.
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey III is happy to announce Data Release 10.
DR10 includes hundreds of thousands of new galaxy and quasar spectra from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), which ICG members have been heavily involved in, and in addition to all imaging and spectra from prior SDSS data releases.
As part of the successful SEPnet programme, members of the ICG were invited to celebrate their success with colleagues and MPs at the Houses of Parliament on Monday July 8th 2013. The event was also to celebrate the successful launch of SEPNet2, the next phase of this network of physics departments across the South of England. Photographs of the event could be found on the SEPNet facebook page