Chris Evans

Head of Science & UK ELT Programme Lead

UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh

Part of the Science & Technology Facilities Council

I'm leading the UK's development programme for instrumentation for the Extremely Large Telescope, now under construction by ESO. I'm also the Project Scientist for the new CUBES spectrograph for the VLT.

My research is primarily on the evolution of massive stars, with wider interest in stellar clusters, the Magellanic Clouds and other Local Group galaxies. In the increasingly distant past I was a postdoc at the ING in La Palma (2002-2005), and before that a student/postdoc at UCL.

  • PI of the VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey [Paper I]

         • RSGs in 30 Dor: Physical properties / Constraints on binarity

         • Gaia DR2 reveals a very massive runaway star ejected from R136

         • Star-formation history of 30 Dor

         • An excess of massive stars in the local 30 Doradus starburst

  • Selected ELT work:

         • MOSAIC: SPIE 2018 paper

         • Multi-Object Spectroscopy on the E-ELT - White Paper, Jan. 2015

         • Potential of J-band stellar spectroscopy with ELTs

         • AO performances in cosmological deep fields

  • Selected other projects as co-I:

         • Future UV: US Decadal

         • ESA Voyage2050: 1908.04687 / 1908.05951 / 1911.00769

         • CUBES: Science case for near-UV spectroscopy with the VLT

         • HARMONI: First-light integral-field spectrograph for the E-ELT

         • MOONS: A new near-IR MOS for ESO's VLT

    I'm a Visiting Professor at UoE's Institute for Astronomy

    Past PhD students:

  • Dr Jaime VillaseƱor: arXiv:2107.10170
  • Dr Lee Patrick: NGC 6822 / NGC 2100 / NGC 55
  • Dr Vincent Hénault-Brunet:SMC HMXB / R136: rotation / dispersion
  • Dr William Taylor: R139 letter / Sher 25
  • Dr Michael Campbell: MAD R136

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