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José Francisco Gómez

José Francisco Gómez

Evolved Stars

Scientific Staff

Member of the scientific permanent staff of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia (CSIC) since 2005.
Predoctoral researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (1989-1990) and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (1990-1993), got his PhD from the University of Granada in 1993. After a post-doctoral contract at the IAA (1993-1995), he was hired as a staff scientist at the National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA) from 1995 to 2005.

Member of the scientific permanent staff of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia (CSIC) since 2005.
Predoctoral researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (1989-1990) and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (1990-1993), got his PhD from the University of Granada in 1993. After a post-doctoral contract at the IAA (1993-1995), he was hired as a staff scientist at the National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA) from 1995 to 2005.

Presentation

José Francisco Gómez has developed his scientific career mainly as a radio astronomer, working on the first stages of stellar evolution (star and planet formation, protoplanetary disks), as well as in evolved stars of low and intermediate mass (mainly post-AGB stars and young planetary nebulae).

He has also been actively involved in the development of astronomical instrumentation. For instance he was part of the scientific team of the Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrometer for Diffuse Radiation (EURD) on-board INTA’s MINISAT satellite. He was also the coordinator of the host-country time at NASA’s Deep Space Station in Robledo, Madrid (2001-2005), and was the first director of the PARTNeR (Academic Project with NASA’s Radio Telescope in Robledo) program, aiming to bring Radio Astronomy to high school and college students.

More recently, he has been part of the steering committee of GASKAP, one of the key science programs for the new Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), a member of the board of the Phased Array Feed consortium within the Advanced Instrumentation Program of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), and part of the core team of the WG6-TP2 of the SKA Regional Centres network.

He is also involved in other large observational projects, such as the Southern Parkes Large-Area Survey in Hydroxyl (SPLASH), and the Finest Legacy Acquisitions of SiO- and H2O-maser Ignitions by Nobeyama Generation (FLASHING). His main interest in both project is the study of maser emission as tracer of mass loss at the end of stellar evolution.

 

Research Interest

  • Late stages of stellar evolution (low and intermediate mass stars): mass-loss in the post-AGB and planetary nebula phases
  • Protoplanetary disks
  • Jets and outflows in young stellar objects
  • Circumstellar and interstellar masers
  • Radio Astronomy
  • Star-planet interaction

Background

  • Staff scientist, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, Granada, Spain (CSIC) (link: http://www.iaa.csic.es )
  • Staff scientist, Laboratorio de Astrofísica Espacial y Física Fundamental (INTA) (link: http://www.inta.es)
  • PhD in Science, Universidad de Granada. Predoctoral research at IAA-CSIC and Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (link: https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/)
  • MS in Physics, Universidad de Granada (link: http://www.ugr.es)