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I am currently associated with Liverpool John Moores University, where I am employed as Astronomer-in-Charge for the Liverpool Telescope (LT). The LT is a fully-robotic 2-m optical-infrared observatory sited at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos (ORM), La Palma. The LT specializes in delivering high-impact results in time-domain astrophysics, and is the largest facility of its kind in the world.

CJD at the LT site

Until recently (late 2012) I was on secondment at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C., where I acted as Discipline Scientist for Far-IR astronomy and Program Scientist for the SOFIA mission. Prior to this I spent 14 years in Hawaii, where I was employed as a Senior Support Astronomer at the Joint Astronomy Centre (JAC). The JAC operates the United Kingdom Infra-Red Telescope (UKIRT) and the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT). Over the years I have been responsible for the UKIRT Schedule and UKIRT Service Observing programme; I was primary support scientist for the near-IR imager/spectrometer UIST and the polarimeter IRPOL; I was also science editor of the UKIRT Newsletter.

My research interest include infrared and (sub)millimetre studies of star forming regions, particularly outflows and jets from young stars; Galactic Plane surveys and the ISM; stellar evolution and protoplanetary nebulae.

PAPERS:   Refereed papers and conference reviews
TALKS & POSTERS:   Recent seminars, public talks and conference posters
MOVIES:   Jet proper motions, HARP data cubes, etc.
TEACHING:   PHYS216 - Practical Astrophysics

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RECENT WORK
T Tauri star variability
Liverpool Telescope spectroscopic monitoring
UWISH2e Target Fields
MSBs observed so far/to be observed
Joint JCMT/UKIRT staff DDT project on Gem OB1
WFCAM imaging, HARP CO maps, Finding charts, etc.
UIST Spectroscopy of YSOs in DR21/W75N
Example data page and Finders in Cyg X
Echelle spectroscopy of Jets in Orion B
UKIRT/CGS4 observations on NGC 2068 and NGC 2071
JCMT Legacy Survey of the Gould Belt
HARP observations of Taurus L1495 (and other regions)


MAJOR PROJECTS


A CATALOGUE OF MOLECULAR HYDROGEN EMISSION-LINE OBJECTS

A Catalogue of Molecular Hydrogen Emission-Line Objects (MHOs) in outflows from young stars (the MHO Catalogue) has been compiled and is actively being maintained at this web site. The "MHO" acronym has been approved by the IAU, and an accompanying paper has been published in A&A.

Our goal is to maintain the catalogue, adding new H2 flows as they are discovered; we hope that in future workers in the field will submit new discoveries to the database, and use the MHO acronym when identifying their objects. See the above link for full details, to contribute to the catalogue, and/or to request numbers for new objects or outflows.

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UWISH2 - A NARROW-BAND IMAGING SURVEY OF THE GALACTIC PLANE

A UKIRT Wide-field Infrared Survey for H2 (UWISH2), originally proposed as a large campaign project, was approved as a long-term PATT project in 2009 (U/09B/8). Additional time - to extend the survey through the Galactic Center, and to map Cygnus-X and a few other regions at high galactic longitudes - was awarded in 2013 (U/13A/01). The primary goal of UWISH2 (and its extension) was to obtain deep, near-IR imaging of the Galactic plane between 358 ≤ l ≤ 65 degrees, covering a latitude range of -1.5 ≤ b ≤ +1.5 degrees, in H2 1-0S(1). The full campaign proposal (from November 2006) is available here. Much of the UWISH2 survey area has also recently been imaged in [FeII] emission; this project is known as UWIFE.

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A DATABASE OF NARROW-BAND WFCAM IMAGES FOR STAR FORMATION

A Database of H2 and K-band WFCAM images of star forming regions has been compiled. Hosted by the Joint Astronomy Centre, it includes archived data from PATT and service proposals, but also data from a shallow though extensive narrow-band imaging survey of the Taurus-Auriga-Perseus region, which was originally part of the UKIDSS Galactic Plane Survey (PI: Lucas).


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Dr Chris J. Davis
Liverpool John Moores University
Astrophysics Research Institute
Liverpool Science Park, IC2 Building
146 Brownlow Hill
Liverpool, L3 5RF
United Kingdom

Email: c.j.davis@ljmu.ac.uk
Office: 44 (0)151 231 2914
Fax: 44 (0)151 231 2921
Cell: 0754 620 6924


Diving at Honaunau City of Refuge, Kona, Hawaii with Caroline
(that's me on the left!)




ASTRO-PLACES: very out of date...
MHOs imaged in UKIRT backup time
LT Photos and LT Album (of random pictures)
General PR
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