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We’re all in the physics department, but some of us are looking at the stars.

Astronomy, along with a majority of scientific fields, is currently undergoing a revolution due to computing advances. As we enter this new era of ‘big data’ we face extraordinary challenges in using the vast amounts of information intelligently. My research interests involve building software for the analysis of images and catalogues from current and upcoming telescopes. In particular I am interested in measuring various aspects of galaxies and the problem of ‘deblending’ where two or more galaxies overlap on the sky. I also work on building a multi-wavelength databases over large areas of sky and combining inhomogeneous data in general.

I am now working at Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias in Tenerife, Spain. I was previously a Daphne Jackson research fellow at the Astronomy Centre, University of Sussex working on morphology and photometry of resolved galaxy images.

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Observing run at Roque de los Muchachos, 13 – 15 June 2019

This weekend I was observing at the William Herschel Telescope at the Roque de los Muchachos observatory on La Palma, Canaria shown. You can see a picture of the telescope in figure 1 below. We were using the Long-slit Intermediate Resolution Infrared Spectrograph (LIRIS) instrument which can be used for both imaging and spectroscopy. Figure …

Research

I am interested in extragalactic astronomy. I am particularly interested in large statistical samples for understanding galaxy formation and evolution. I do this using multiwavelength studies involving data from a large number of instruments.

I have been involved in a software development in data science in addition to astronomy. You can see all my latest software work on my GitHub page here.

Publications can be found here.

Blog

Observing run at Roque de los Muchachos, 13 – 15 June 2019

This weekend I was observing at the William Herschel Telescope at the Roque de los Muchachos observatory on La Palma, Canaria shown. You can see a picture of the telescope in figure 1 below. We were using the Long-slit Intermediate Resolution Infrared Spectrograph (LIRIS) instrument which can be used for both imaging and spectroscopy. Figure …

Contact

You can email me at raphael.shirley at sussex.ac.uk.