13, 2008 - Astronomical Activities at the Herzberg Institute of
Astrophysics - Dr. Patrick C�t�, NRC Senior Researcher at the Herzberg
Institute of Astrophysics
The National Research Council of Canada's Herzberg Institute of
Astrophysics (NRC-HIA) manages Canada's involvement in major astronomical
observatories. NRC-HIA operates optical and radio telescopes in Victoria
and Penticton, and participates in four major international observatories
in Hawaii and Chile. NRC-HIA also supports space astronomy missions
through funding from the Canadian Space Agency, while its scientists and
engineers play leadership roles in developing concepts for future national
observatories on the ground and in space.
In this talk, I will summarize these multifaceted efforts, present some
exciting science discoveries from the NRC-HIA research staff, and
describes future "state-of-the-art" astronomy projects in whose
development Canada and NRC-NIA are participating, including the James Webb
Space Telescope (JWST), the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), the Atacama
Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) and Square Kilometer Array (SKA)."
"Dr. Cote received his Ph.D. degree in 1994 from
McMaster University. Following postdoctoral appointments as a Plaskett
fellow at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (HIA) in Victoria and as
a Sherman Fairchild fellow at the California Institute of Technology in
Pasadena, he worked as a professor in the Department of Physics and
Astronomy at Rutgers University from 2000 to 2004.
In 2004, he returned to Canada as a senior research astronomer at HIA. The
author of more than 60 papers in scientific journals, he is a frequent
user of the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the
Spitzer Space Telescope, the W.O. Keck Observatory and Gemini Telescope in
Hawaii, and the Very Large Telescope in Chile. His research interests
include the study of dark matter, galaxy evolution, supermassive black
holes, and galactic nuclei."