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UVEX Survey

OmegaWhite Survey

Paul Groot is full professor of astrophysics and head of the Department of Astrophysics of the Radboud University Nijmegen .  His area of expertise are compact binaries, in particular ultracompact white dwarf systems, which are the strongest, known sources of gravitational waves in the LISA frequency domain.  The research is focused on discovering and characterizing these elusive systems (only 28 interacting systems are currently known). For this he uses wide field surveys, such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey , and the European Galactic Plane Surveys, of which he is one of the leading researchers. The European Galactic Plane Surveys consist of the IPHAS survey of the Galactic plane in H-alpha, the blue UVEX survey  (both on La Palma using the INT Wide Field Camera and the Southern VPHAS+ survey, which will start in 2011 using the ESO VST+Omegacam.

He also has an active interest in short transients in the Universe: sources that appear and disappear within a few days. Triggered by his discovery of optical afterglows to Gamma-ray bursts, he is intrigued by the question what else varies in the night at these time scales. To answer this question he is a member of the Palomar Transient Factory collaboration.

To enable his science Paul Groot also has a keen interest in instrument development. He was Dutch Co-PI and Project Scientist on the hugely successful X-Shooter spectrograph on the VLT telescope of the European Southern Observatory, and he is currently a Science Team member and national PI of the OPTIMOS-EVE spectrograph for ESO's E-ELT telescope. He is also keenly interested in low-cost, low-weight very large optical spectrographic telescopes.

Paul Groot received his PhD 'cum laude' at the University of Amsterdam in 1999, was a CfA Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, USA, and came to Nijmegen in 2002 to start the new department of Astrophysics, together with Jan Kuijpers. In 2009 he was elected as a member of the Young Academy (Jonge Akademie) of the Royal Netherlands Academy for Sciences (KNAW).  In 2011 Paul Groot will spend a sabbatical year at the astronomy department of the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) in Pasadena, USA.

Bio Timeline:

1995:   MSc Astrophysics, University of Amsterdam
1997:   Discovery optical afterglows Gamma-ray Bursts
1999:   PhD Astrophysics (cum laude), University of Amsterdam
1999:   CfA Fellowship Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
2002:   Co-founder Department of Astrophysics, Radboud University Nijmegen
2002:   VIDI award NWO
2002:   Co-recipient of the EU Descartes Prize for Gamma-ray bursts
2006:   Chair Department of Astrophysics, Radboud University Nijmegen
2006:   Co-PI European Galactic Plane Surveys (IPHAS/UVEX/VPHAS+)
2006:   Project Scientist X-Shooter spectrograph for ESO-VLT
2009:   Member Young Academy, Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences
2011:   Sabbatical California Institute of Technology

Paul Groot
Department of Astrophysics
Radboud University Nijmegen                                                                                                                                                  
P.O. Box 9010
NL-6500 GL Nijmegen@paulgroot twitter
The Netherlands
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