Astronomical Activities at the HIA - Dr. Patrick C�t�

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Feb 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."

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