My research interests lie in the field of accreting compact objects, particularly in interacting binary stars. My research focuses on the ultra-compact AM Canum Venaticorum (AM CVn) binaries and related systems. A large fraction of the 'stars' in our Galaxy are actually binaries, each component held in orbit by their mutual gravitational attraction. Close binary systems produce a host of interesting phenomena, many of which are associated with accretion.
|Artist's impression of an accreting binary (STScI).|
There are currently ~35 objects classified as AM CVn binaries, their orbital periods range from 5 to 65 minutes and they appear as faint, blue, variable objects (a recent review is given by Solheim, 2010).
My work has involved analysis of data related to a survey designed to spectroscopically identify new AM CVn objects hidden in the photometric database of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (Roelofs et al., 2009; Carter et al., 2013).
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Publications and Conferences
- Two new AM Canum Venaticorum binaries from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III, 2013, MNRAS, 439, 2848.
Carter, P. J.; Gänsicke, B. T.; Steeghs, D.; Marsh, T. R.; Breedt, E.; Kupfer, T.; Gentile Fusillo, N. P.; Groot, P. J.; Nelemans, G.
- The AM Canum Venaticorum binary SDSS J173047.59+554518.5, 2013, MNRAS, 437, 2894.
Carter, P. J.; Steeghs, D.; Marsh, T. R.; Kupfer, T.; Copperwheat, C. M.; Groot, P. J.; Nelemans, G.
- The helium-rich cataclysmic variable SBSS 1108+574, 2013, MNRAS, 431, 372.
Carter, P. J.; Steeghs, D.; de Miguel, E.; Goff, W.; Koff, R. A.; Krajci, T.; Marsh, T. R.; Gänsicke, B. T.; Breedt, E.; Groot, P. J.; Nelemans, G.; Roelofs, G. H. A.; Rau, A.; Koester, D.; Kupfer, T.
- A search for the hidden population of AM CVn binaries in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, 2013, MNRAS, 429, 2143.
Carter, P. J.; Marsh, T. R.; Steeghs, D.; Groot, P. J.; Nelemans, G.; Levitan, D.; Rau, A.; Copperwheat, C. M.; Kupfer, T.; Roelofs, G. H. A.
- The hidden population of AM CVn binaries in the SDSS. The Golden Age of Cataclysmic Varaibles and Related Objects II, Palermo, Sicily, September 2013.
- A new pathway to AM CVn binaries. National Astronomy Meeting, St Andrews, July 2013.
- The hidden population of AM CVn binaries in the SDSS. 3rd International Workshop on AM CVn stars, Warwick, April 2012.
- The hidden population of AM CVn binaries in the SDSS. UK-Germany National Astronomy Meeting, Manchester, March 2012.
I completed my undergraduate studies in Physics at the University of Warwick in 2010. With support from the STFC, I then studied for a PhD in the Astronomy group at Warwick, under the supervision of Prof Tom Marsh and Dr Danny Steeghs. In 2014 I was awarded an Early Career Fellowship by Warwick's Institute of Advanced Study.
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