Hi, I'm Conor and I am a PDRA in the Astronomy and Astrophysics group at the University of Warwick, working under the guidance of Elizabeth Stanway. I completed my PhD at Trinity College Dublin and Armagh Observatory and Planetarium in early 2020.
My PhD research developed our understanding of the evolution of hot, low-mass stars, such as hot subdwarfs, with a focus on the role played by atomic diffusion processes. My thesis is accessible here on the TCD research repository. The science chapters of my thesis have also been published in peer-reviewed publications, which you can find listed below.
- Byrne, C.M. & Jeffery, C.S. (2020). Pulsation in faint blue stars. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 492, 232–244.
- Byrne, C.M. & Jeffery, C.S. (2018). Post-common envelope binary stars, radiative levitation, and blue large-amplitude pulsators. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 481, 3810–3820.
- Byrne, C.M., Jeffery, C.S., Tout, C.A. & Hu, H. (2018). The effects of diffusion in hot subdwarf progenitors from the common envelope channel. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 475, 4728–4738.
- Bailey, M., Byrne, C., Nežič, R., Asher, D. & Finnegan, J. (2019). Historical Observations of STEVE. The Observatory, 138, 227-245.
- Byrne, C.M. & Jeffery, C.S. (2018). Post-common envelope binary stars: Radiative Levitation and Blue Large-Amplitude Pulsators. Proceedings of the Physics of Oscillating Stars Conference in honour of Professor Hiromoto Shibahashi, Banyuls-sur-mer, France, 2-7 September 2018.
- Byrne, C.M., Jeffery, C.S., Tout, C.A. & Hu, H. (2017). Diffusion in hot subdwarf progenitors from the common envelope channel. Open Astronomy, 26, 1, 214-218, Special issue, proceedings of 8th Meeting on Hot Subdwarfs and Related Objects, Krakow, Poland, 9-14 July 2017.
During my time in Armagh, I was involved in a number of outreach activities. These included giving public talks at Observing Nights, leading tours of the historic Observatory building, providing interviews to local press (in both English and Irish), participating in science workshops for children, writing articles for the Planetarium's blog, Astronotes, and being a guest on the new Armagh Observatory and Planetarium podcast, Intergalactic Craic. I am always interested in talking and engaging with members of the public to discuss astronomy and science.
Outside of astrophysics, I enjoy a number of other activities in my free time. These include hiking, reading and quizzing. I also have an unhealthy obsession with the weather, having spent a number of years as a deputy Meteorological Observer in Armagh, which has the longest daily climate series anywhere in the UK or Ireland.