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Research at St Andrews

Simon Peter Driver


Simon Peter Driver
Postal address:
School of Physics & Astronomy
Physical Science Building
North Haugh
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 46

Research overview

Simon Driver is primarily involved in the design and production of major extragalactic surveys, and is the principal investigator of the Millennium Galaxy Catalogue (MGC) and the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) surveys. 

He was previously a member of the Hubble Space Telescope Medium Deep Survey (HST MDS), and the two-degree field Galaxy Redshift Survey (2dfGRS) which was awarded the RAS prize for group acheivement in 2008.

Simon's current research is focussed on the evolution of mass, energy, and structure (1kpc-100Mpc scales) from the epoch of reionisation (i.e., 0.5Gyrs after the Big Bang) until the present day. The GAMA survey in particular is breaking new ground by providing the most extensive catalogues to date of the filamentary structure of the Universe, galaxy group associations, galaxy bulge-disc decompositions, and the total energy outputs (UV-radio) of individual systems based on a sample of 250,000 galaxies. The GAMA sample is based on spectroscopic observations from the Anglo-Australian Telescope and supporting imaging observations from three space missions (GALEX, WISE and Herschel), four ground-based telescopes (SDSS, VST, UKIRT, VISTA), and two radio interferometers (GMRT, ASKAP - currently under construction in Western Australia). 

GAMA is very much focussed on the nearby Universe however future surveys are likely to include Euclid and JWST to extend our understanding of mass, energy and structure to earlier times.


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