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The Spanish Meteor and Fireball Network (SPMN) is an interdisciplinary research project integrated by the following professional researchers:


Ch.D. Jordi Llorca Pique

Chemist, he is professor of the Institut de Tècniques Energètiques of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). From 1992 to 2005 was professor of the Departament of Inorganic Chemistry at the "Universitat de Barcelona", where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1995. Winner of the 1990 award of the "Societat Catalana de Química" with the work entitled "Analysis of cosmic dust in the laboratory". He has been researcher at the "Institut de Ciencia de Materials" (CSIC, Spain) and at the Institute of Meteoritics (USA), and invited professor at the "Institute de Recherches sur la Catalyse" (CNRS, France) and at the "Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche" of the Università di Udine (Italy). His research lines includes the study of primitive meteorites (carbonaceous chondritres) and interplanetary dust particles (IDPs), as well as studies concerning catalitic processes in heterogeneus phase that happened in the Solar Nebula between the gas and dust 4,600 My ago. These processes lead to the syntesis of organic molecules in the early Solar System. He is author of two books in Spanish on meteorites: "Los meteoritos: Qué son y para qué sirven", published in 1995 and "Meteoritos y cráteres" in 2004. Distinguished scientific popularizer, has imparted several conferences and written numerous articles. His recent research has been published in Meteoritics & Planetary Science, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Journal of Catalysis, etc. He is founding member of the Spanish Fireball Network.



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Ph.D. Juan Fabregat Llueca

Astrophysicist born in Valencia in 1961, from 1991 is professor of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Departament at the "Universitat de Valencia". His mean research lines are the nature and physical parameters of stars Be, the development of circumstellar disks models around binary stars Be/X, the study of young stellar clusters, stellar evolution and Stromgren photometry uvby y H-beta. Dr. Fabregat has published two books and more of fifty research articles in international issues as: Astronomy & Astrophysics, Astrophysics and Space Science, The Astrophysical Journal o Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. His interest in the meteoric field is in fireball spectroscopy, specially how determine from light intensities the chemical abundances in the ionized plasma. He is founding member of the Spanish Fireball Network.



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Ph.D. Josep M. Trigo-Rodriguez

Astrophysicist born in Valencia in 1970, nowadays is researcher at the Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya and the Institut de Ciències de l'Espai at Barcelona. He was postdoc researcher between 2003 and 2005 at the Institute of Geophysics & Planetary Physics of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and member of the UCLA Astrobiology Center. From 1999 to 2003 was assistant professor in the Departament of Experimental Sciences of the Universitat Jaume I (Castellon, Spain) where gave Applied Physics and Thermodynamics. In his doctoral thesis (Dr. Juan Fabregat, Univ. Valencia and Dr. Jordi Llorca Univ. Barcelona, supervisors) was working with Dr. Jiri Borovicka on determination of meteoroid orbits and fireball spectroscopy at the Ondrejov Observatory (Czech Republic). His research interests are centered in the link between the Solar System minor bodies (comets, asteroids and meteoroids) and its importance to analyse the born of our planetary system. During two years developed his minor thesis on the dynamic of Jupiter atmosphere (analysing the movement of Great Red Spot)under the supervision of Dr. Agustín Sánchez Lavega (Univ. País Vasco). In 1988 he was co-foundator of the "Sociedad de Observadores de Meteoros y Cometas (SOMYCE)" and the International Meteor Organization (IMO). He has published science popularization articles in LE MONDE, MUNDO CIENTÍFICO, NEWTON, or Astronomía. Between 1991 and 2003 taught astronomy and developed new programs of planetarium in the "Planetari de Castelló". He has published nine books, some of them refered to minor bodies like e.g. "Meteoroids: fragments of comets and asteroids" (1996) and "The origin of the Solar System" (2000). His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals like e.g. Astronomy & Astrophysics, Geophysical Research Letters, Icarus, Meteoritics and Planetary Science, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Planetary & Space Science, Revista Española de Física, etc. He is founding member of the Spanish Fireball Network.



Ph.D. Alberto J. Castro-Tirado

Astrophysicist born in Málaga in 1966. He obtained the Holland Investigation Award to young scientifics in 1987. Graduate in Physics in 1989 by the "Universidad de Granada", obtained his Ph.D. in Astrophysics in 1994 by the University of Copenhague. In 1994 he incorpored as researcher at Laboratorio de Astrofísica Espacial y Física Fundamental (LAEFF) (INTA, Spain). From 1998 he develops his investigations in the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA) (CSIC). He has participed in more than 130 scientific publications in international journals and he has elaborated more than 30 articles to popularize astronomy. Now he participates in the scientific team of BeppoSAX satellite, dedicated to the study of energetic Gamma Ray Bursts (GRBs). He is also spanish co-researcher of the X-ray European Monitor (JEM-X), one of the instruments of the INTEGRAL mission of the European Space Agency (ESA), whose launching is foreseen to 2001. He has published in 1998 together with the Dr. Alvaro Gimenez a book entitled "X Astronomy". Nowadays he also developes his research in the Experimentation Center of INTA in El Arenosillo (Huelva), where is developing a robotic system to monitorize the celestial spere (BOOTES-1), whose mean objective is the detection of GRBs but that has as secondary objective in the detection of meteors using very sensitive CCD cameras. He belongs to the Spanish Fireball Network since 2000.





Ph.D. Jose L. Ortiz

He was born in 1967 and graduated in Physics at Granada University in 1990. He started his research career at the "Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC)" in 1990 and later moved to the "Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia (IAA)" where he carried out his thesis research. He got his PhD in physics at the University of Granada in 1994 and from 1995 to 1997 he was a postdoc research fellow at NASA/JPL, California, USA. He moved back to IAA in 1997 and in 2000 he got a permanent position as a CSIC staff scientist there He currently is the Vicedirector of Tecnology Affairs at the IAA and is in charge of the IAA’s own Observatory in Sierra Nevada. The scientific research activities he has worked on since 1990 cover many different topics in Solar System physics: Comets, other minor bodies, meteoroidal collisions with the Moon and Earth, giant planets and their vertical cloud structure, radiative transfer, the Shoemaker-Levy 9 collision with Jupiter, the Galileo mission to Jupiter, etc. Along these years he has participated in more than 10 scientific projects funded by different agencies such as NASA, MCYT and CICYT. The results of his investigations have been published in more than 40 papers of important international scientific journals, which include Nature and Science. He has been awarded with several prizes that acknowledged his research achievements and he has also been actively involved in outreach activities such as writing articles for the general public, TV and radio interviews etc. He belongs to the Spanish Fireball Network since 2004.





Ph.D. Jose Angel Docobo Durántez

Jose Angel Docobo Durántez, was born in 1951 in A Coruña. He is licensed and graduated by the University of Santiago de Compostela and Doctor in Astronomy by the University of Zaragoza. He has been teaching and making research since 1973 in both Universities. In 1979 he wins, by opposition celebrated in Madrid, a seat as assistant professor of Astronomy in the University of Barcelona, but immediately is transferred to Santiago de Compostela to become position of the physical, and scientific recovery of the Astronomical Observatory Ramon Maria Aller that at that time was in a lamentable situation. In 1983 he organized in Santiago the IV National Assembly of Astronomy and Astrophysics, is director of the mentioned astronomical observatory, that also from that date takes the name of the founder, Ramon Maria Aller. He has been director of several Ph.D. thesis, minor thesis and memories of investigation of the DEA and is in possession of 4 sexenios of investigation and 6 quinquenniums of teaching of the Ministry of Education. He has published more than one hundred scientific contributions mainly in international journals, being also author or coauthor of five books. Main researcher of numerous projects, Prof. Docobo is also responsible for abundant obtained scientific material by means of public calls. He is usuaario by means of the corresponding concession of time of observation of different observatories in Spain and abroad. Form leaves from Commission 26 (double and multiple stars) of International Astronomical Union (IAU) from 1985, and he is also founding member of the Spanish Society of Astronomy. From 1993 he is copublisher of circulating information of the mentioned Commission of the IAU. In addition to be referee of international publications she has been lecturer in several universities as as impelling and scientific director of the project of astronomical observatory Monte Faro. President of the Organizing Committee and member of the Scientific Committee of national and international Meetings. He also as been organizer of a large number of activities of cultural extension in the field of Astronomy. As nonprofessional activities, he is vice-president of the protective animal and plants Society and vice-president of the Obradoiro Club of friends of the basketball. He belongs to the Spanish Fireball Network since 2004.



Ch.D. José María Madiedo

He was born in 1969 and graduated in Chemistry in 1992 at the University of Seville, where he started his research career and got his PhD in 1996. From 1996 to 1997 he was associate professor at that University and in 1997 he moved to the University of Huelva, where he got a permanent position in 2000 and occupied the charge of Vice-president from 2003 to 2005. From 1994 to 2004 he has collaborated with the company ThermoHaake in Germany as consultant and software engineer. He has also collaborated with several companies of the chemical sector in Spain, as Fertiberia and Abengoa. As amateur astronomer his activity has been mainly centred in the field of CCD astrophotography. Besides, he has setup a video station for the detection of meteors and the determination of their chemical composition by means of spectroscopic techniques in Seville. He belongs to the Spanish Fireball Network since 2006.



Ph.D. Jaime Zamorano

Physicist (master in Astrophysics) born in Algeciras obtained his Ph.D. in Astrophysics in 1985 by Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). He has been linked to UCM since then and he is staff Professor since 1988 at Dept of Astrophysics and Atmospheric Sciences. He currently is Vicedean of the Physics building. He belongs to the Editor Board of the Bulletin of Sociedad Española de Astronomía (SEA) and he is founding member of Agrupación Astronómica de Madrid (AAM). Observer with a vast experience, he carried out dozens of observational campaings. During an observing run at Calar Alto observatory with the 2.2m telescope he record the spectrum of a bright fireball while observing a galaxy. The fireball spectrum was analysed by Dr. Jiri Borovicka (Ondrejov Observatory) who estimated the relative chemical abundances of the progenitor meteoroid. His research interest is focused to star-forming galaxies in which the activity star formation is high. His group is carrying out wide field surveys for finding and analysing this kind of galaxies. He has supervised seven Ph.D thesis up to now. During the last years some of his undergraduate students have been developing cheap wide field cameras for sky monitoring and sky brightness measure. He is promoting the use of these cameras to detect fireballs since there is a paucity of stations at Comunidad de Madrid and the center of the Iberian peninsula. He belongs to the Spanish Fireball Network since 2008.



Dr. Víctor Lanchares

Víctor Lanchares was born in Logroño in 1963. He got a degree in Mathematics at the University of Zaragoza and a PhD in the same University in 1992. He was a postdoctoral student in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and in the Utah State University. Now he is a full profesor of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences at the University of La Rioja. His main scientific interest are dynamical systems, specially applied to Celestial Mechanics. He has been interested in Astronomy since the graduate years and has been a researcher in several projects on multiple stellar systems under the direction of Dr. José Ángel Docobo. He has organized and collaborated in many activities in popularizing Astronomy. He is founder member of the Agrupación Astronómica de La Rioja and the president since 1998, the year of foundation. His interest to decipher the origin of the interplanetary matter that is reaching the Earth and in promoting the recovery of new meteorites has lead him to promote the development of new meteor and fireball recording stations in the north of Iberian Peninsula. He belongs to the Spanish Fireball Network since 2008.



Dr. Mar Tapia

Geophysicist specialized in Seismology and Seismic Sata Processing, currently very interested in applying these techniques to the study of large bolides interacting with the atmosphere. At present, she is researcher at the Laboratori d’Estudis Geofísics Eduard Fontseré (LEGEF) at Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC, Barcelona, Spain). She finished her Physics degree at the University of Barcelona in 2002. From 2002 to 2006, she was Ph. D. student at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and Institut Geològic de Catalunya (IGC), also participating at two European projects (Euroseisrisk y Isard). In her thesis developed advanced methods to characterize seismic ground motion at regional and local scale (similar effects are common in signals produced by big bolides), and in modelling those effects to study seismic events locally in order to better understand seismic riscs. In 2005 she obtained a Pre-doc, EU Marie Curie fellowship contract, SPACE, a Marie Curie Training Network, at Comenius University, Bratislava (Slovakia) into the researcher P.Moczo group to work in computational seismology. She has also participated in several campaigns to obtain seismic data to study seismic hazard (Greece, Cerdanya catalan valley). The year 2007, she participated in the Neries project, Network of Research Infrastructures for European Seismology into the working group dedicated to the improvement of the accelerometric data dissemination in Europe. From the end of 2007 and 2009, she worked as researcher and scientific technician at Institut de Ciencias del Mar - CSIC, into the Barcelona Center for Subsurface Imaging in the framework of the Kaleidoscope project (Repsol and Barcelona Supercomputing Center partners) about obtaining subsurface seismic images from seismic data using inversion techniques and data processing. She belongs to the Spanish Fireball Network since 2010.