Prof. Robert Mann

Personal Chair in Survey Astronomy
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Institute for Astronomy, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ, United Kingdom

Research interests

My research interests centre on clusters of galaxies and the properties of the galaxies they contain, notably Brightest Cluster Galaxies.

I direct the Wide-Field Astronomy Unit and have developed interests in a wide range of computational issues that relate to the management and publication of sky survey data.


I currently teach the Level 10 Cosmology course and coordinate Senior Honours Projects.

I am a Personal Tutor, providing guidance to almost 30 undergraduates enrolled on a number of the School's degree programmes.

Research outputs

  1. Galaxies in X-ray Selected Clusters and Groups in Dark Energy Survey Data II: Hierarchical Bayesian Modeling of Red-Sequence Galaxy Luminosity Function
    Y. Zhang, Jeffrey C Miller, Paul J Rooney, A. Bermeo, A. K. Romer, C. Vergara Cervantes, E. S. Rykoff, Christian Hennig, R. Das, Tony McKay et al., Astrophysical Journal (2017)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. Characterising the optical properties of galaxy clusters with GMPhoRCC
    R. J. Hood and R. G. Mann, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2017)
  6. 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)
  7. The XMM Cluster Survey: The Halo Occupation Number of BOSS galaxies in X-ray clusters DOI
    Nicola Mehrtens, A. Kathy Romer, Robert C. Nichol, Chris A. Collins, Martin Sahlén, Philip J. Rooney, Julian A. Mayers, A. Bermeo-Hernandez, Martyn Bristow, Diego Capozzi et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 463, 2 , p. 1929-1943 (2016)
  8. The Gaia mission DOI
    [No Value] Gaia Collaboration, T. Prusti, J. H. J. de Bruijne, A. Vallenari, C. Babusiaux, C. A. L. Bailer-Jones, U. Bastian, M. Biermann, D. W. Evans, L. Eyer et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 595 (2016)
  9. The XMM Cluster Survey: evolution of the velocity dispersion - temperature relation over half a Hubble time DOI
    Susan Wilson, Matt Hilton, Philip J. Rooney, Caroline Caldwell, Scott T. Kay, Chris A. Collins, Ian G. McCarthy, A. Kathy Romer, Alberto Bermeo, Rebecca Bernstein et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 463, 1 , p. 413-428 (2016)
  10. Gaia Data Release 1. Summary of the astrometric, photometric, and survey properties DOI
    [Unknown] Gaia Collaboration, A. G. A. Brown, A. Vallenari, T. Prusti, J. H. J. de Bruijne, F. Mignard, R. Drimmel, C. Babusiaux, C. A. L. Bailer-Jones, U. Bastian et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 595 (2016)
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