Dr. Nigel Hambly

Senior Researcher
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Institute for Astronomy, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ, United Kingdom

Research interests

I am the IfA Wide Field Astronomy Units's science archive architect, and an experienced survey astronomer and survey software developer. Both the SuperCOSMOS Science Archive and the WFCAM Science Archive systems were designed by me. I have much experience in managing small research and development teams for both hardware and software processing and archiving systems. I am also a member of the European Space Agency's Gaia mission Data Processing and Analysis Consortium.

My personal astronomy research interest is in very low luminosity degenerate stars, that is white dwarfs and brown dwarfs. Because these objects are rare, cool and faint, their detection requires access to panoramic deep survey datasets in the optical and infrared. Hence my work in survey astronomy for the scientific community enables me to pursue this personal research interest.

Research outputs

  1. Gaia Data Release 2. Calibration and mitigation of electronic offset effects in the data DOI
    Nigel Hambly, Mark Cropper, Cian Crowley, Claus Fabricius, George seabroke, Michael Davidson, F Chassat, F Fusero, Steve Boudreault (Editor), Ralf Kohley (Editor) et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics (2018)
  2. The UKIRT Hemisphere Survey: definition and J-band data release DOI
    S. Dye, A. Lawrence, M. A. Read, T. Kerr, W. Varricatt, K. E. Furnell, A. C. Edge, M. Irwin, N. Hambly, P. Lucas et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 473, 4 , p. 5113-5125 (2017)
  3. Use of Docker for deployment and testing of astronomy software DOI
    D. Morris, S. Voutsinas, N. C. Hambly and R. G. Mann, Astronomy and Computing, 20, p. 105-119 (2017)
  4. Theia: Faint objects in motion or the new astrometry frontier
    null The Theia Collaboration, Celine Boehm, Alberto Krone-Martins, Antonio Amorim, Guillem Anglada-Escude, Alexis Brandeker, Frederic Courbin, Torsten Ensslin, Antonio Falcao, Katherine Freese et al. (2017)
  5. Gaia Data Release 1. Testing the parallaxes with local Cepheids and RR Lyrae stars
    [No Value] Gaia Collaboration, G. Clementini, L. Eyer, V. Ripepi, M. Marconi, T. Muraveva, A. Garofalo, L. M. Sarro, X. Luri, R. Molinaro et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics (2017)
  6. Gaia Data Release 1. Open cluster astrometry: performance, limitations, and future prospects DOI
    [No Value] Gaia Collaboration, F. van Leeuwen, A. Vallenari, C. Jordi, L. Lindegren, U. Bastian, T. Prusti, J. H. J. de Bruijne, A. G. A. Brown, C. Babusiaux et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 601 (2017)
  7. Get Ready for Gaia: Cool White Dwarfs in Common Proper Motion with Tycho Stars
    N. Hambly, N. Rowell and M. Lam, p. 55 (2017)
  8. The Gaia-ESO Survey: Calibration strategy DOI
    E. Pancino, C. Lardo, G. Altavilla, S. Marinoni, S. Ragaini, G. Cocozza, M. Bellazzini, E. Sabbi, M. Zoccali, P. Donati et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 598 (2017)
  9. Gaia data release 1, the photometric data
    F. van Leeuwen, D. W. Evans, F. De Angeli, C. Jordi, G. Busso, C. Cacciari, M. Riello, E. Pancino, G. Altavilla, A. G. A. Brown et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics (2016)
  10. On-orbit performance of the Gaia CCDs at L2 DOI
    C. Crowley, R. Kohley, N. C. Hambly, M. Davidson, A. Abreu, F. van Leeuwen, C. Fabricius, G. Seabroke, J. H. J. de Bruijne, A. Short et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 595, A6 (2016)
Last updated: 19 Feb 2018 at 21:11