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Contact Person/Scientist in Charge

  • Name and surname: Ana Inés Gómez De Castro
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Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Department / Institute / Centre

  • Name: Universidad Complutense de Madrid / Faculty of Mathematical Science
  • Address: Avda. Complutense, s/n; Ciudad Universitaria; 28040 - MADRID
  • Province: Madrid

Research Area

  • Mathematics (MAT)
  • Physics (PHY)

Brief description of the institution:

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) is a broad-scoped university -the largest in Spain- in which almost every field of knowledge is envisaged. Due to this broad-scoped nature UCM is able to offer 170 official degrees out of which 65 correspond to bachelor degrees and 105 to master degrees. Regarding research activities they are developed through its 21 faculties, 5 university schools, 9 associated centers, 40 university research institutes, 8 schools for professional specialization, 4 university hospitals, and 17 research assistance centers. All these centers host nowadays almost 600 research groups.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group (including URL if applicable):

Tight collaboration with European Space Agency and UCM resulted in a research group which, in 2004, consolidated formally as AEGORA. At present, the group consists of several senior and junior researchers. Our current research activity is mostly focused on the space ultraviolet telescope design and building project under the name World Space Observatory – Ultaviolet (WSO-UV,, which is one of the main projects of ROSCOSMOS (Russia's space agency), where AEGORA is in charge of developing the instrument's camera detector. This telescope will grant access to ultraviolet study for the international space community in the post-Hubble era.Other activities carried out by AEGORA include the coordination of both global and European's Ultraviolet Astronomy network (gNUVA and NUVA, respectively) and collaborating in Spain's educational reform regarding science. Furthermore, AEGORA is the Spanish node in the global educational project Hands on Universe, HOU. In 2009, the European HOU consortium was awarded the silver medal in Information and Communication Technologies for making Europe "the most dynamic and competitive knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010 in the field of Education and Training".

Project description:

  1. Ultraviolet astronomy and instrumentation

The space telescope WSO-UV, expected to be put into orbit in the next three years, is equipped with instrumentation for imaging and spectroscopy in the ultraviolet range. The Spanish contribution to the project includes the FCU (Field Camera Unit) instrument detector for imaging, as well as the development of a significant fraction of the ground segment software.Other fields of research within the group are a study of the viability of Fresnel interferometry in space, as well as our work for Arago mission covering the research on stellar physics with a spectropolarimeter for both ultraviolet and visible ranges.

  1. Star formation and interstellar medium

Dust grains in the interstellar medium have proven to be excellent ultraviolet mirrors thanks to their icy envelope, which reflect the radiation of nearby bright stars and, thus, allowing their detection. Such property permits the observation of large filaments of ionized gas produced in supernovae shells and in ionized HII regions.

  1. Exoplanets

The study of exoplanet atmospheres and their evolution is the primal strategy towards finding habitable planets by inspecting their properties and composition, such as effective temperature, stellar type, metallicity of the hosting star and the abundance of key species (H, H2, CO, OH, C, O...). This research leads to invaluable results, providing information that ranges from evaporating processes in gaseous planets to the evolution of ocean rich ones.

  1. Big data and data mining

Data mining and optimization processes directly linked



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