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School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

Dr Will Sutherland

Will

Senior Lecturer in Astronomy

Email: w.j.sutherland@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 7882 5986
Room Number: G. O. Jones Building, Room 511
Website: http://www.maths.qmul.ac.uk/~wjs/

Profile

My research has covered several areas relating to observational cosmology; in the 1990s I worked as a postdoctoral fellow and SERC Advanced Fellow in Oxford working on the IRAS PSCz redshift survey, the MACHO project gravitational microlensing survey (constraining compact-object dark matter), and the 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey, which made the first detection of redshift-space distortion in 2001 and the joint-first detection of baryon acoustic oscillations in 2005.  

From 2000 to 2009 I was the Project Scientist for design and construction of the VISTA telescope in Chile, first based at Edinburgh and Cambridge, joining QMUL (lead institute on VISTA) in 2007. Since the successful commissioning of VISTA in 2009, I have worked on several cosmological surveys using VISTA observations, including VIKING, GAMA and SHARKS. I am also involved in the design of the next-generation instrument for VISTA, a 2400-object multifibre spectrograph called 4MOST; and am working on constraining modified gravity using data from the GAIA spacecraft.     

Research

Publications

    • Driver SP, Bellstedt S, Robotham ASG et al. (2022), Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): Data Release 4 and the z < 0.1 total and z < 0.08 morphological galaxy stellar mass functions $nameOfConference


    • Wright AH, Hildebrandt H, Kuijken K et al. (2019), KiDS+VIKING-450: A new combined optical and near-infrared dataset for cosmology and astrophysics $nameOfConference


    • Pittordis C, Sutherland W (2019), Testing modified gravity with wide binaries in Gaia DR2 $nameOfConference


    • Kuijken K, Heymans C, Dvornik A et al. (2019), The fourth data release of the Kilo-Degree Survey: ugri imaging and nine-band optical-IR photometry over 1000 square degrees $nameOfConference


    • Kuijken K, Heymans C, Dvornik A et al. (2019), The fourth data release of the Kilo-Degree Survey: ugri imaging and nine-band optical-IR photometry over 1000 square degrees $nameOfConference


    • Pittordis C, Sutherland W (2018), Testing modified-gravity theories via wide binaries and GAIA $nameOfConference


    • Kelvin LS, Bremer MN, Phillipps S et al. (2018), Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): Variation in galaxy structure across the green valley $nameOfConference


    • SUTHERLAND WJ (2018), The CMB neutrino mass / vacuum energy degeneracy: a simple derivation of the degeneracy slopes $nameOfConference


    • Baldry IK, Liske J, Brown MJI et al. (2017), Galaxy And Mass Assembly: The G02 field, Herschel-ATLAS target selection and data release 3 $nameOfConference


    • Kettlety T, Hesling J, Phillipps S et al. (2017), Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): The Consistency of GAMA and WISE Derived Mass-to-Light Ratios $nameOfConference


    • Kettlety T, Hesling J, Phillipps S et al. (2017), Galaxy and mass assembly (GAMA): the consistency of GAMA and WISE derived mass-to-light ratios $nameOfConference


    • Driver SP, Wright AH, Andrews SK et al. (2016), Galaxy and mass assembly (GAMA): Panchromatic data release (far-UV-far-IR) and the low-z energy budget $nameOfConference


    • Roy N, Napolitano NR, La Barbera F et al. (2016), Early type galaxies and structural parameters from ESO public survey KiDS $nameOfConference


    • Tortora C, Napolitano NR, La Barbera F et al. (2016), Galaxy evolutionwithin the kilo-degree survey $nameOfConference


    • Radovich M, Puddu E, Bellagamba F et al. (2016), Searching for galaxy clusters in the VST-KIDS survey $nameOfConference


    • Napolitano NR, Covone G, Roy N et al. (2016), Strong lens search in the ESO public survey KiDS $nameOfConference


    • Venemans BP, Walter F, Zschaechner L et al. (2015), BRIGHT [C ii] AND DUST EMISSION IN THREE z > 6.6 QUASAR HOST GALAXIES OBSERVED BY ALMA $nameOfConference


    • De Jong JTA, Verdoes Kleijn GA, Boxhoorn DR et al. (2015), The first and second data releases of the Kilo-Degree Survey $nameOfConference


    • Venemans BP, Verdoes Kleijn GA, Mwebaze J et al. (2015), First discoveries of z  ∼ 6 quasars with the Kilo-Degree Survey and VISTA Kilo-Degree Infrared Galaxy survey $nameOfConference


    • Sutherland W, Rothnie P (2015), On the luminosity distance and the epoch of acceleration $nameOfConference


    • Sutherland W, Emerson J, Dalton G et al. (2015), The Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA): Design, technical overview, and performance $nameOfConference


    • Liske J, Baldry IK, Driver SP et al. (2015), Galaxy and mass assembly (GAMA): End of survey report and data release 2 $nameOfConference


    • Sutherland W, Rothnie P (2014), On the luminosity distance and the epoch of acceleration $nameOfConference


    • Sutherland W, Mularczyk L (2014), On the baryon acoustic oscillation amplitude as a probe of radiation density $nameOfConference


    • Sutherland W, Mularczyk L (2014), On the baryon acoustic oscillation amplitude as a probe of radiation density $nameOfConference


    • Negrello M, Hopwood R, Dye S et al. (2014), Herschel *-ATLAS: Deep HST/WFC3 imaging of strongly lensed submillimetre galaxies $nameOfConference


    • Venemans BP, Findlay JR, Sutherland WJ et al. (2013), DISCOVERY OF THREE z > 6.5 QUASARS IN THE VISTA KILO-DEGREE INFRARED GALAXY (VIKING) SURVEY $nameOfConference


    • Venemans BP, Findlay JR, Sutherland WJ et al. (2013), Discovery of three z>6.5 quasars in the VISTA Kilo-degree Infrared Galaxy (VIKING) survey $nameOfConference


    • Hopkins AM, Driver SP, Brough S et al. (2013), Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): spectroscopic analysis $nameOfConference


    • Lopez-Caniego M, Gonzalez-Nuevo J, Massardi M et al. (2013), Mining the Herschel-Astrophysical Terahertz Large Area Survey: submillimetre-selected blazars in equatorial fields $nameOfConference


    • Hopkins AM, Driver SP, Brough S et al. (2013), Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): Spectroscopic analysis $nameOfConference


    • Jarvis MJ, Bonfield DG, Bruce VA et al. (2013), The VISTA deep extragalactic observations (VIDEO) survey $nameOfConference


    • Driver SP, Robotham ASG, Kelvin L et al. (2012), Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): the 0.013 < z < 0.1 cosmic spectral energy distribution from 0.1 mu m to 1 mm $nameOfConference


    • Foster C, Hopkins AM, Gunawardhana M et al. (2012), Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): the mass-metallicity relationship $nameOfConference


    • Sutherland W (2012), On measuring the absolute scale of baryon acoustic oscillations $nameOfConference


    • Christodoulou L, Eminian C, Loveday J et al. (2012), Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): colour- and luminosity-dependent clustering from calibrated photometric redshifts $nameOfConference


    • McCracken HJ, Milvang-Jensen B, Dunlop J et al. (2012), UltraVISTA: a new ultra-deep near-infrared survey in COSMOS $nameOfConference


    • Fleuren S, Sutherland W, Dunne L et al. (2012), Herschel-ATLAS: VISTA VIKING near-infrared counterparts in the Phase 1 GAMA 9-h data $nameOfConference


    • Gonzalez-Nuevo J, Lapi A, Fleuren S et al. (2012), HERSCHEL-ATLAS: TOWARD A SAMPLE OF similar to 1000 STRONGLY LENSED GALAXIES $nameOfConference


    • Sutherland W (2012), A cosmic speed-trap: a gravity-independent test of cosmic acceleration using baryon acoustic oscillations $nameOfConference


    • Loveday J, Norberg P, Baldry IK et al. (2012), Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): ugriz galaxy luminosity functions $nameOfConference


    • Findlay JR, Sutherland WJ, Venemans BP et al. (2012), Selection constraints on high-redshift quasar searches in the VISTA Kilo-degree Infrared Galaxy survey $nameOfConference


    • Kim S, Wardlow JL, Cooray A et al. (2012), Spitzer-irac identification of Herschel-Atlas spire sources $nameOfConference


    • Taylor EN, Hopkins AM, Baldry IK et al. (2011), Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): stellar mass estimates $nameOfConference


    • Robotham ASG, Norberg P, Driver SP et al. (2011), Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): the GAMA galaxy group catalogue (G(3)Cv1) $nameOfConference


    • Prescott M, Baldry IK, James PA et al. (2011), Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): the red fraction and radial distribution of satellite galaxies $nameOfConference


    • Smith DJB, Dunne L, Maddox SJ et al. (2011), Herschel-ATLAS: counterparts from the ultraviolet-near-infrared in the science demonstration phase catalogue $nameOfConference


    • Wijesinghe DB, da Cunha E, Hopkins AM et al. (2011), GAMA/H-ATLAS: the ultraviolet spectral slope and obscuration in galaxies $nameOfConference


    • Gunawardhana MLP, Hopkins AM, Sharp RG et al. (2011), Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): the star formation rate dependence of the stellar initial mass function $nameOfConference


    • Brough S, Hopkins AM, Sharp RG et al. (2011), Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): galaxies at the faint end of the H alpha luminosity function $nameOfConference


    • Driver SP, Hill DT, Kelvin LS et al. (2011), Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): survey diagnostics and core data release $nameOfConference


    • Wijesinghe DB, Hopkins AM, Sharp R et al. (2011), Galaxy and mass assembly (GAMA): dust obscuration in galaxies and their recent star formation histories $nameOfConference


    • Hill DT, Kelvin LS, Driver SP et al. (2010), Galaxy and Mass Assembly: FUV, NUV, ugrizYJHK Petrosian, Kron and Sérsic photometry $nameOfConference


    • Terrett DL, Sutherland WJ (2010), The interaction between pointing and active optics on the VISTA telescope Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy


    • Dalton GB, Sutherland WJ, Emerson JP et al. (2010), Commissioning the VISTA IR camera $nameOfConference


    • Emerson JP, Sutherland WJ (2010), VISTA: status and performance $nameOfConference


    • Baldry IK, Robotham ASG, Hill DT et al. (2010), Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): the input catalogue and star-galaxy separation $nameOfConference


    • Eales S, Dunne L, Clements D et al. (2010), The Herschel ATLAS $nameOfConference


    • Robotham A, Driver SP, Norberg P et al. (2010), Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): Optimal Tiling of Dense Surveys with a Multi-Object Spectrograph $nameOfConference


    • Driver SP, Norberg P, Baldry IK et al. (2009), GAMA: Towards a physical understanding of galaxy formation $nameOfConference


    • Sutherland W (2009), VISTA Public Surveys and VLT followup $nameOfConference


    • Bennett DP, Alcock C, Allsman RA et al. (2008), Recent developments in gravitational microlensing and the latest MACHO results: Microlensing towards the galactic bulge $nameOfConference


    • Sutherland W (2008), STATUS OF VISTA, AND PUBLIC SURVEYS $nameOfConference


    • EMERSON JP, Sutherland WJ, McPherson A (2006), Visible & Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy: Progress report $nameOfConference

    • EMERSON JP, Ward AK, Dalton GB et al. (2006), The VISTA infrared camera Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy. Edited by McLean, Ian S.; Iye, Masanori. Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 6269, pp. (2006)


    • McPherson AM, Born A, Sutherland W et al. (2006), VISTA: Project status - art. no. 626707 $nameOfConference


    • Hilton M, Collins C, De Propris R et al. (2005), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: correlation with the ROSAT-ESO flux-limited X-ray galaxy cluster survey $nameOfConference


    • Cole S, Percival WJ, Peacock JA et al. (2005), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: power-spectrum analysis of the final data set and cosmological implications $nameOfConference


    • Croton DJ, Farrar GR, Norberg P et al. (2005), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: luminosity functions by density environment and galaxy type $nameOfConference


    • Conway E, Maddox S, Wild V et al. (2005), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: the nature of the relative bias between galaxies of different spectral type $nameOfConference


    • Peacock JA, Colless M, Baldry I et al. (2005), Large-scale structure from 2dFGRS $nameOfConference

    • Wild V, Peacock JA, Lahav O et al. (2005), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: stochastic relative biasing between galaxy populations $nameOfConference


    • Dalton G, Caldwell M, Ward K et al. (2004), The VISTA IR camera $nameOfConference


    • Eke VR, Frenk CS, Baugh CM et al. (2004), Galaxy groups in the Two-degree Field Galaxy Redshift Survey: the luminous content of the groups $nameOfConference


    • Blake C, Pracy MB, Couch WJ et al. (2004), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: the local E+A galaxy population $nameOfConference


    • Percival WJ, Burkey D, Heavens A et al. (2004), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: spherical harmonics analysis of fluctuations in the final catalogue $nameOfConference


    • Croton DJ, Gaztanaga E, Baugh CM et al. (2004), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: higher-order galaxy correlation functions $nameOfConference


    • Erdogdu P, Lahav O, Zaroubi S et al. (2004), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: Wiener reconstruction of the cosmic web $nameOfConference


    • Croton DJ, Colless M, Gaztanaga E et al. (2004), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: voids and hierarchical scaling models $nameOfConference


    • Burgett WS, Vick MM, Davis DS et al. (2004), Substructure analysis of selected low-richness 2dFGRS clusters of galaxies $nameOfConference


    • Padilla ND, Baugh CM, Eke VR et al. (2004), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: the clustering of galaxy groups $nameOfConference


    • De Propris R, Colless M, Peacock JA et al. (2004), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: the blue galaxy fraction and implications for the Butcher-Oemler effect $nameOfConference


    • Baugh CM, Croton DJ, Gaztanaga E et al. (2004), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: hierarchical galaxy clustering $nameOfConference


    • Magliocchetti M, Maddox SJ, Hawkins E et al. (2004), The 2dF galaxy redshift survey: clustering properties of radio galaxies $nameOfConference


    • EMERSON JP, Sutherland WJ, Strachan M et al. (2004), The VISTA Infrared Camera Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, eds Moorwood & Iye, Proc of SPIE, 5492-34, Glasgow


    • Balogh M, Eke V, Miller C et al. (2004), Galaxy ecology : groups and low-density environments in the SDSS and 2dFGRS $nameOfConference


    • Eke VR, Baugh CM, Cole S et al. (2004), Galaxy groups in the 2dFGRS: the group-finding algorithm and the 2PIGG catalogue $nameOfConference


    • Alcock C, Alves DR, Axelrod TS et al. (2004), The MACHO project large Magellanic cloud variable-star inventory. XIII. Fourier parameters for the first-overtone RR Lyrae variables and the LMC distance $nameOfConference


    • McPherson A, Born A, Sutherland W et al. (2004), The VISTA project, a review of its progress and lessons learned developing the current programme $nameOfConference


    • Hawkins E, Maddox S, Cole S et al. (2003), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: correlation functions, peculiar velocities and the matter density of the Universe $nameOfConference


    • Alcock C, Alves DR, Becker A et al. (2003), The Macho project Large Magellanic Cloud variable star inventory. XI. Frequency analysis of the fundamental-mode RR Lyrae stars $nameOfConference


    • Madgwick DS, Hawkins E, Lahav O et al. (2003), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: galaxy clustering per spectral type $nameOfConference


    • De Propris R, Colless M, Driver SP et al. (2003), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: the luminosity function of cluster galaxies $nameOfConference


    • Craig S, Atad-Ettedgui E, Casali M et al. (2003), From 250 to 90 tonnes: Systems Engineering in the VISTA conceptual design development $nameOfConference


    • McPherson AM, Craig S, Sutherland W (2003), Project VISTA, a review of its progress and overview of the current programme $nameOfConference


    • Geha M, Alcock C, Allsman RA et al. (2003), Variability-selected quasars in MACHO project Magellanic Cloud fields $nameOfConference


    • Percival WJ, Sutherland W, Peacock JA et al. (2002), Parameter constraints for flat cosmologies from cosmic microwave background and 2dFGRS power spectra $nameOfConference


    • Bennett DP, Becker AC, Quinn JL et al. (2002), Gravitational microlensing events due to stellar-mass black holes $nameOfConference


    • Norberg P, Cole S, Baugh CM et al. (2002), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: the b(J)-band galaxy luminosity function and survey selection function $nameOfConference


    • Verde L, Heavens AF, Percival WJ et al. (2002), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: the bias of galaxies and the density of the Universe $nameOfConference


    • Elgaroy O, Lahav O, Percival WJ et al. (2002), New upper limit on the total neutrino mass from the 2 Degree Field Galaxy Redshift Survey $nameOfConference


    • Lewis I, Balogh M, De Propris R et al. (2002), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: the environmental dependence of galaxy star formation rates near clusters $nameOfConference


    • Lahav O, Bridle SL, Percival WJ et al. (2002), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: the amplitudes of fluctuations in the 2dFGRS and the CMB, and implications for galaxy biasing $nameOfConference


    • Alcock C, Allsman RA, Alves DR et al. (2002), The MACHO project Large Magellanic Cloud variable star inventory. XII. Three Cepheid variables in eclipsing binaries $nameOfConference


    • Madgwick DS, Lahav O, Baldry IK et al. (2002), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: galaxy luminosity functions per spectral type $nameOfConference


    • Norberg P, Baugh CM, Hawkins E et al. (2002), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: the dependence of galaxy clustering on luminosity and spectral type $nameOfConference


    • Magliocchetti M, Maddox SJ, Jackson CA et al. (2002), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: the population of nearby radio galaxies at the 1-mJy level $nameOfConference


    • Baldry IK, Glazebrook K, Baugh CM et al. (2002), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: Constraints on cosmic star formation history from the cosmic spectrum $nameOfConference


    • Peacock JA, Colless M, Baldry I et al. (2002), Studying large-scale structure with the 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey $nameOfConference


    • Efstathiou G, Moody S, Peacock JA et al. (2002), Evidence for a non-zero Lambda and a low matter density from a combined analysis of the 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey and cosmic microwave background anisotropies $nameOfConference


    • Welch DL, Kovács G, Cook KH et al. (2002), Frequency Analysis of a Subset of Fundamental Mode RR Lyrae Stars from the MACHO Project Large Magellanic Cloud Database $nameOfConference


    • Sadler EM, Jackson CA, Cannon RD et al. (2002), Radio sources in the 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey - II. Local radio luminosity functions for AGN and star-forming galaxies at 1.4 GHz $nameOfConference


    • De Propris R, Couch WJ, Colless M et al. (2002), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: a targeted study of catalogued clusters of galaxies $nameOfConference


    • Egan I, Atad-Ettedgui E, Casali M et al. (2002), VISTA IR camera - Conceptual design $nameOfConference


    • Emerson J, Sutherland W (2002), Visible and infrared survey telescope for astronomy: Overview $nameOfConference


    • Colless M, Dalton G, Maddox S et al. (2001), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: spectra and redshifts $nameOfConference


    • Alcock C, Allsman RA, Alves DR et al. (2001), Direct detection of a microlens in the Milky Way $nameOfConference


    • Norberg P, Baugh CM, Hawkins E et al. (2001), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: luminosity dependence of galaxy clustering $nameOfConference


    • Alcock C, Allsman RA, Alves DR et al. (2001), Astrometry with the MACHO data archive. I. High proper motion stars toward the Galactic bulge and Magellanic Clouds $nameOfConference


    • Percival WJ, Baugh CM, Bland-Hawthorn J et al. (2001), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: the power spectrum and the matter content of the Universe $nameOfConference


    • Alcock C, Allsman RA, Alves DR et al. (2001), The MACHO project: Microlensing detection efficiency $nameOfConference


    • Cole S, Norberg P, Baugh CA et al. (2001), The 2dF galaxy redshift survey: near-infrared galaxy luminosity functions $nameOfConference


    • de Jong J, Sackett PD, Kuijken K et al. (2001), Microlensing in M31; Preliminary lightcurves from MEGA $nameOfConference


    • Cross N, Driver SP, Couch W et al. (2001), The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: the number and luminosity density of galaxies $nameOfConference


    • Alcock C, Allsman RA, Alves DR et al. (2001), The MACHO project LMC variable star inventory. X. The R Coronae Borealis stars $nameOfConference


    • Alcock C, Allsman RA, Alves DR et al. (2001), The macho project Hubble Space Telescope follow-up: Preliminary results on the location of the large Magellanic Cloud microlensing source stars $nameOfConference


    • Alcock C, Allsman RA, Alves DR et al. (2001), MACHO 96-LMC-2: Lensing of a binary source in the Large Magellanic Cloud and constraints on the lensing object $nameOfConference


    • Alard C, Blommaert JADL, Cesarsky C et al. (2001), Mass-losing semiregular variable stars in Baade's windows $nameOfConference


    • LEHNER MJ, ALCOCK C, ALLSMAN RA et al. (2001), THE MACHO PROJECT 5.7 YEAR LMC RESULTS The Identification of Dark Matter


    • Alcock C, Allsman RA, Alves DR et al. (2001), Macho project limits on black hole dark matter in the 1-30 M circle dot range $nameOfConference


    • Sharpe J, Rowan‐Robinson M, Canavezes A et al. (2001), Predicting the peculiar velocities of nearby PSCz galaxies using the Least Action Principle $nameOfConference


    • Peacock JA, Cole S, Norberg P et al. (2001), A measurement of the cosmological mass density from clustering in the 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey. $nameOfConference


    • Alcock C, Allsman RA, Alves DR et al. (2001), A 421-d activity cycle in the BeX recurrent transient A0538-66 from MACHO monitoring $nameOfConference


    • Sharpe J, Rowan-Robinson M, Canavezes A et al. (2001), Predicting the peculiar velocities of nearby PSCz galaxies using the Least Action Principle $nameOfConference


    • Peacock JA, Colless M, Peacock J et al. (2001), Measuring large-scale structure with the 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey $nameOfConference

    • Lehner MJ, Alcock C, Allsman RA et al. (2001), The MACHO Project 5.7 Year LMC Results $nameOfConference


    • Rowan‐Robinson M, Sharpe J, Oliver SJ et al. (2000), The IRAS PSCz dipole $nameOfConference


    • Wood PR, Alcock C, Allsman RA et al. (1999), MACHO observations of LMC red giants: Mira and semi-regular pulsators, and contact and semi-detached binaries $nameOfConference


Supervision

This is not an exhaustive list and I would be happy to discuss other project possibilities.

Project Title
Survey Astronomy

 

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