Davidson Michael - Gaia
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Institute of Astronomy,
Michael Davidson graduated in 2001 with a degree in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge. He then had the opportunity to undertake a PhD at the Institute for Astronomy in Edinburgh. The subject, searching for clusters of galaxies in archival XMM-Newton observations, provided plenty of experience in data analysis and astronomy pipeline development.
A member of Gaia CU5 DU10 in Edinburgh since 2007, his work is primarily on the mitigation of the radiation-induced charge transfer inefficiency. This topic offers many challenges and involves contributions to several systems including IDT, First Look and IDU.
Michael can often be found talking about, and occasionally flying, light aeroplanes.
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