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Two New Publications at the Open Journal of Astrophysics

Posted in Open Access, The Universe and Stuff with tags , , , , , , on May 29, 2022 by telescoper

Last week was rather busy. Amongst other things I managed to complete the publication process for two more papers in the Open Journal of Astrophysics (one on Tuesday and one on Thursday) although there was a small delay in registering the metadata so I didn’t fully announce them until yesterday. I’ve only just managed to find time today to advertise them here. These two are the sixth and seventh papers in Volume 5 (2022) and the 54th and 55th in all respectively. Both the new papers are in the folder marked Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics.

The first of these two new publications is entitled “The Impact of Quadratic Biases on Cosmic Shear” and is written by Tom Kitching and Anurag Deshpande of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory in Surrey (UK).

Here is a screen grab of the overlay which includes the abstract:

You can click on the image to make it larger should you wish to do so. You can find the arXiv version of this paper directly here.

The second new publication is entitled “Cosmo-Paleontology: Statistics of Fossil Groups in a Gravity-Only Simulation” and is written by Aurora Coissairt, Michael Buehlmann, Eve Kovacs, Xin Liu, Salman Habib and Katrin Heitmann all from the Argonne National Laboratory which is just outside Chicago in the USA.

Here is the overlay of that paper which includes the abstract:

Once again You can click on the image to make it larger should you wish to do so. You can find the arXiv version of the paper here.

We have quite a few more papers in the pipeline so expect to be announcing more quite soon, probably early next month.


Posted in Biographical, The Universe and Stuff with tags , , , on February 17, 2011 by telescoper

I was up early yet again this morning to catch a train to Guildford. From there I was whisked off by a taxi into the Surrey countryside to visit MSSL,  or the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Mullard Space Science Laboratory, which is an outpost of University College London. No sooner had I got there and I was whisked off again to a very nice local country pub for lunch and a pint, before being returned, suitably inebriated, to give my seminar.

I’ve never been to MSSL before – nor Guildford, for that matter – and my day out was a very pleasant surprise. Not only were there no disasters on the trains, despite having to travel via Reading, but the fine springlike weather gave me good views of the green and pleasant land that is Surrey. MSSL is itself on the top of a hill, and on a clear day you can see as far as the Sussex downs to the South. But not quite today as it was a little misty.

I had to leave not long after my talk finished in order to get back to Guildford, a drive of about 40 minutes. I got there with about 15 minutes to spare, but it turned out that the train before the one I was intending to catch was about 15 minutes late so I got straight on it. I thus got to Reading two minutes ahead of the train before the one I was planning to catch there, so in the end got home about half an hour early. Which was nice.

I enjoyed the visit there enormously. Everyone was very friendly. Apparently, some of them even read this blog so I’d like to say thanks for the invitation and for struggling manfully to stay awake as I droned on after the pub lunch.

I didn’t get much time to post yesterday either, because I had to attend a function organised by Cardiff Scientific Society (of which I am a Committee Member). This was the occasion of the annual Lord Phillips Memorial Lecture, given this year by Professor Sir Brian Hoskins on the subject of Jet Streams in Weather and Climate. Jet streams are fascinating but highly complex phenomena and it’s clear that there’s a lot about them meteorologists don’t understand fully. One thing I did learn during the lecture, however, was that when people say that changes in the Atlantic jet stream “cause” unusual weather (such as our recent cold spell, or the floods of 2007), they’re wrong. It seems clear that the jet stream is part of the atmospheric pattern that gives rise to such events but can’t be said to be responsible for them.

Anyway, after a fascinating lecture we adjourned with the speaker to the Vice-Chancellor’s dining room, for a (fairly) late supper. One of the perks of the job, I guess. I wasn’t too late getting home, and got to bed early enough to make getting up at 6am not too stressful.

With another busy day tomorrow, and a UCAS event on Saturday that I (unwisely) volunteered to help with, I think I’m going to get an early night tonight.