The results of the effort…

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If months ago (sorry for not being able to write more often: work, trips, vacations…) I wrote about writing proposals and the efort it implied, now I am collecting the benefits: the observing time.

I applied and obtained a fair amount of hours in service mode with the new and shine Spanish 10 m telescope GTC. I submitted the Observing Blocks (the instructions about how to observe) yesterday and since the proposal was approved with a good ranking, the data will be collected during the incoming months

And I am now at the William Herschel Telescope, observing very young objects we discover using the Spitzer Space Telescope. They are heavily embedded by material and they seem to be pulsating, but we do not know what they really are. So we are taking infrared spectra in order to be able to classify them and to have an idea about what is going on.

I have to confess I am quite tired, but fortunately most of the work is being done by my student Pablo. In any case, it is going to be a long night…

About dbarrado

Born in Madrid, Spain, David Barrado completed a degree in physics, specializing in astrophysics, at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. At this same university he started work on a doctorate that he would go on to complete at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge (USA). He then spent several years as a post-doctoral researcher at a number of institutes in the United States (including as a Fulbright scholar during his time at CfA), Germany (Max-Planck Institut für Astronomie, in Heidelberg) and Spain (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). David now works at the European Space Astronomy Center (ESAC, Madrid) as a member of the National Technical Aerospace Institute (INTA), part of the Astrobiology Center (CAB), a combined institute made up of INTA and the Center for Higher Scientific Research (CSIC). With the INTA team he led research on the MIRI, an infrared instrument that will fly with the forthcoming space telescope, the JWST. He has also been involved in the development of a number of other astronomical instruments. For two years he was head of the Stellar and Exoplanets Astrophysics Laboratory, as a member of the CAB, and later Director of the Hispano-German Astronomy Center observatory in Calar Alto for three years. His research interests focus on the properties of stars in open star clusters, as well as detecting and characterizing substellar objects and exoplanets. More generally he has specialized in studying the formation of stars and planetary systems using various observational techniques: from visible light to distant infrared, using images and spectroscopes, via both terrestrial and space telescopes. This observation work has seen him publish close to one hundred and fifty articles in prestigious scientific journals. He also combines his research with tireless outreach activities. With Spanish blog, Cuaderno de Bitacora Estelar (see has a very large audience.

2 Responses to The results of the effort…

  1. Courage David!
    I was using the WHT in service mode a few weeks ago. Which IR spectra do you use?
    see you soon in Madrid?

  2. Aitor says:

    jajajaj poor of your hard working student LOL.

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