Still Here

I wonder … yes, I wonder if someone ever noticed my silence here. Not likely! I’ve been going through hard times recently. Lot’s of work to do and no time to do. Yes, yes I need to prioritise my work and get things done on time. Well, at least the very important part of it.

Meanwhile I’ve been trying to finish one article on GM 2-4 and my Braid Nebula survey paper. Both things are going well. GM 2-4 paper is almost ready to be circulated to the wider audience.

NIR Spectroscopy Paper

We have submitted a paper entitled “NEAR-IR SPECTROSCOPY OF YOUNG STARS IN THE BRAID NEBULA STAR FORMATION REGION IN CYGNUS OB7” by Aspin et al. to Astrophysical Journal. This is part of a big project on Braid Nebula Star-Formation Region that I’m actively participating. Here is the abstract of the paper:

We present 1.4 to 2.5 µm integral field spectroscopy of 16 stars in the Braid Nebula star formation region in Cygnus OB7. These data forms one aspect of a large-scale multi-wavelength survey aimed at determining an unbiased estimate of the number, mass distribution, and evolutionary state of the young stars within this one square degree area of the previously poorly studied Lynds 1003 molecular cloud. Our new spectroscopic data, when combined with 2MASS near-IR photometry, provide evidence of membership of many of these objects in the regions pre-main sequence population. We discuss both the characteristics of the young stars found in the region and the level of star forming activity present.

Now we wait for the referee’s response, and for the papers in the same series by other participants of the collaboration (myself inclusive).

Braid Poster

Recently I’ve prepared a poster about our favorite object – Braid Nebula and it’s surroundings which was presented at the JENAM 2007 meeting held in Armenia from 20-25 August 2007. The snapshot of the poster can be viewed here and in due course I’ll put the pdf version somewhere around for an easy access. I’m still building my site and very soon I’ll post more on a science side of this contribution, but for now I just want to spread the word on how the poster was composed.

Whole process of preparation was done using Apple Pages in contrary to my previous posters which were made using Microsoft PowerPoint. The Mac software seamed to me much easier to handle and gave me a lot of flexibility in making fields and changing the overall shape. After finishing the work I’ve exported it into PDF of 13MB, but when I’ve created a TIFF version of the very same poster it became 320MB!

OK, I don’t wont to pretend that this was my own genuine idea to use Apple Pages to make a poster. I did some googleing and found a post at the Mac Singularity where the author convinced me pretty well to make a poster the Mac-way and I’m really grateful for that and would not go back again.