Carrasco Josep Manel - Gaia
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University of Barcelona
Josep Manel Carrasco is a PhD Physics student at the University of Barcelona under the supervision of Carme Jordi. He is a core member of the Photometry Working Group (PWG) and is actively involved in the design and characterization of the Gaia photometric system. Josep Manel has worked on the production the photometry simulations (using the Photometry Working Group simulator that he maintains) to evaluate the many photometric systems that have been proposed, computing also the figure of merit used to analyze and quantify the advantages and drawbacks of the BBP and MBP bands. This has resulted in the recommendation by the Photometry Working Group of baseline BBP and MBP photometry systems for Gaia.
To do this, he was previously involved in the definition of a set of Scientific Targets (STs) among the observable objects by Gaia - these STs are used to evaluate the behaviour of the photometry filters in determining the astrophysical parameters of the stars. The photometry simulator has also been used to produce the test grids needed by the Classification Working Group to improve their classification and parametrisation algorithms.
Josep Manel's web page is here.
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