Curriculum

CARLOS GONZÁLEZ FERNÁNDEZ
CASU
Institute of Astronomy
University of Cambridge
Madingley Rd., CB3 0HA, Cambridge
cgonzal(-at-)ast.cam.ac.uk
carlos(-at-)carlos-gonzalez.info

PUBLICATIONS
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ACADEMIC DEGREES

– 1995-1998: U. de Vigo. First cycle of Physics.
– 1998-2000: U. de Vigo. Degree on Earth & Atmospheric Physics.
– 2000-2003: U. La Laguna. Degree on Astrophysics.
– 2004-2009: U. La Laguna / IAC. PhD. On Astrophysics: “Spectrophotometric survey of the inner Milky Way: A project for EMIR”
– 2004-present: Degree on Computer Science.
– 2007-present: Master on Advanced Statistical Methods.

POSITIONS HELD

– 2003: IAC. ISO Fellow
– 2004-2008: IAC. EMIR PhD Fellow.
– 2008-2009: IAC. EMIR UCM-IAC Fellow
– 2009-2013:  U. de Alicante. Postdoctoral Fellow.
– 2013-present: U. of Cambridge. Research associate.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

– Spanish: Native.
– English:  Fluent. TOEFL score of 283 (equivalent to a paper based result of 657 or Advanced Certificate).

COMPUTER SKILLS

– Operating systems: UNIX/LINUX, Windows.
– Programming languages: IDL, Python, Java, PHP+MySQL.
– Data Analysis: Iraf, R statistical package.
– Editing: LaTeX, HTML+CSS:

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

– 2006-2007: U. La Laguna. Astrophysical Techniques II: Stellar spectroscopy (Lab instructor)
– 2007-2008: U. La Laguna. Astrophysical Techniques I: Stellar Photometry (Lab instructor)
– 2008-2009: U. La Laguna. Astrophysical Techniques I: Stellar Photometry (Lab instructor)
– 2013-present: U. of Cambridge. Part II and Part III supervisor.

OBSERVATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Telescope &
instrument
Nights Programs
TCS+CAIN

~50

– TCS-CAIN: Infrared survey of the Milky Way.
– Infrared survey for variability in massive open clusters.
NOT+NOTCam

9

– Deep NIR imaging of the inner Galactic plane.
TNG+NICS

9

–  Near IR Spectroscopy of inner Galaxy sources.
WHT+LIRIS

9

– Near IR Spectroscopy of inner Galaxy sources.
– NIR spectroscopic classification of red supergiants.
WHT+ISIS

2

– Calcium triplet spectroscopy of red supergiants.
GTC+OSIRIS

2

–  An accurate distance scale to the young, massive cluster Stephenson 2
VLT+ISAAC

1

–  Alicante 10: Another supergiant cluster near RSGC3
INT+IDS

5

–  A survey for RSGs in the Perseus Arm
INT+WFC

10

–  Stromgrem photometry of open clusters in Perseus

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Large scale structure and dynamics of the Milky Way: Morphology of the inner Galaxy and the bulge+bar complex, interaction between the bar and the ring, dynamic of the bar and its influence over the distribution of the stellar populations in the disk.
Resolved populations in the Galaxy: Red giants as tracers of the Galactic Structure, special populations in the inner Milky Way (YSOs, close binaries and other variables, etc.).
Stellar formation in the inner Milky Way: Bar-driven formation bursts. Distribution of the formation regions along the dust lanes and in the tips of the bar. Dynamics and distribution of the newborn stars. Young, massive stars and their environment and evolution. Supermassive stellar clusters.
Automated stellar classification and abundance analysis: Application of Bayesian statistics, neural networks and dimensionality reduction algorithms (such as PCA or Kernel-PCA) to the classification and analysis of stellar atmospheres using large databases of synthetic spectra.

INSTRUMENT DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE
– Development of EMIR (an infrared multiobject spectrograph to be installed at GTC, the 10m Spanish telescope): development of observational strategies, operation modes and subsystem requirements, in particular the user interface development.
– Calibration of EMIR: characterization of its main detector, a Rockwell HAWAII2. Participation in the planning of the AIV and in the in-house testing of other subsystems (grism wheel motor survival tests, collimator lenses structural properties, etc.).
– Scientific core group member: development of AIV strategies; interaction with the software development groups (reduction pipeline, exposure time calculator, etc.) and the hardware design and production teams; follow-up and evaluation of the scientific impact of instrumental requirements.

PARTICIPATION IN PUBLICLY FUNDED R+D PROJECTS

– Multiband survey of the Galactic plane and NIR photometry of spiral galaxies (AYA2000-2046-C02-02).
–  Detailed design, assembly, integration and verification of the infrared multiobject spectrograph EMIR (AYA2003-01186).
– Final phase and scientific exploitation the infrared multiobject spectrograph EMIR (AYA2006-15698-C02-01).
– Consolider-GTC (CSD2006-00070).
– Massive stars in clusters and the Local Universe (AYA2008-06166-C03-3).

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