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Ben Cooke

I am a PhD student in the Astronomy and Astrophysics group at the University of Warwick working with my supervisor, Prof. Don Pollacco.

My research focuses on the discovery and characterisation of exoplanets via the transit method. In particular I focus on monotransits, exoplanets which transit their host star just once during our observations. To this end I am using data from the TESS mission to identify monotransit candidates. These candidates then require careful follow-up for which I am part of NGTS, a world-leading ground-based photometry telescope. I am also involved in creating realistic simulations predicting the yield and demographics of TESS monotransit detections based on the latest satellite specifications.


First author (most recent first)
  • SpecPhot: A Comparison of Spectroscopic and Photometric Exoplanet Follow-Up Methods - Benjamin F. Cooke and Don Pollacco (MNRAS 2020)
  • Two transiting hot Jupiters from the WASP survey: WASP-150b and WASP-176b - Benjamin F. Cooke, Don Pollacco, Y. Almleaky et al. (AJ 2020)

  • CHEOPS observations of TESS primary mission monotransits - Benjamin F. Cooke, Don Pollacco, Monika Lendl et al. (MNRAS 2020)

  • An examination of the effect of the TESS extended mission on southern hemisphere monotransits - Benjamin F. Cooke, Don Pollacco and Daniel Bayliss (A&A 2019)
  • Single site observations of TESS single transit detections - Benjamin F. Cooke, Don Pollacco, Richard West et al. (A&A 2018)
Co-author (selected papers, most recent first)
  • NGTS-11 b (TOI-1847 b): A Transiting Warm Saturn Recovered from a TESS Single-transit Event - Samuel Gill, Peter J. Wheatley, Benjamin F. Cooke et al. (ApJ 2020)
  • NGTS-10b: The shortest period hot Jupiter yet discovered - James McCormac, Edward Gillen, James A. G Jackman et al. (inc. Benjamin F. Cooke) (MNRAS 2019)
  • Mass determinations of the three mini-Neptunes transiting TOI-125 - L. D. Nielsen, D. Gandolfi, D. J. Armstrong et al. (inc. B. F. Cooke) (MNRAS 2020)
  • A remnant planetary core in the hot Neptunian desert - David J. Armstrong, Théo A. Lopez, Vardan Adibekyan et al. (inc. Benjamin F. Cooke) (Nature 2020)
  • TOI-222: a single-transit TESS candidate revealed to be a 34-d eclipsing binary with CORALIE, EulerCam, and NGTS - Monika Lendl, François Bouchy, Samuel Gill et al. (inc. Benjamin F. Cooke) (MNRAS 2020)
  • A long period (P = 61.8-d) M5V dwarf eclipsing a Sun-like star from TESS and NGTS - Samuel Gill, Benjamin F. Cooke, Daniel Bayliss et al. (MNRAS 2020)
  • HD 213885b: A transiting 1-day-period super-Earth with an Earth-like composition around a bright (V=7.9) star unveiled by TESS - Néstor Espinoza, Rafael Brahm, Thomas Henning et al. (inc. Benjamin F. Cooke) (MNRAS 2019)
  • NGTS and WASP photometric recovery of a single-transit candidate from TESS - Samuel Gill, Daniel Bayliss, Benjamin F. Cooke et al. (MNRAS 2019)
  • NGTS-4b: A sub-Neptune Transiting in the Desert - Richard G. West, Edward Gillen, Daniel Bayliss et al. (inc. Benjamin F. Cooke) (MNRAS 2019)

For a full list see NASA/ADS

        Posters and Talks

        • Monotransits in TESS - Predicted Yield and Early Results (UKEXOM19)
        • NGTS Follow-up of TESS Single Transits (PLATO ESP 2019)

        Write to:

        Ben Cooke,
        Department of Physics,
        University of Warwick,
        Coventry CV4 7AL

        Contact details:

        E-Mail: B.Cooke(at)
        Office: PS0.02