Evans Wyn - Gaia
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Institute of Astronomy,
Wyn Evans' interests in Gaia began with his work in Oxford, where he made a number of studies related to the capabilities of Gaia for the detection of Solar System objects, including the Trojan satellites, helping the scientific case for Gaia in this area before the mission's selection in 2000. Since then he has worked on the first-look science alerts capabilities of Gaia, undertaking detailed studies, with his student Vasily Belokurov, of the detection of astrometric and photometric microlensing events with Gaia, and of supernovae (both works published in MNRAS 2002-03, see Library), and continuing his studies of the Solar System capabilities, including the detectability of comets. Now at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, the next steps of this work will be to figure how these objects can be distinguished in the Gaia data stream in practice, where links with the simulation and variability working groups will be needed.
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