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Ryan Cutter

I'm Ry, a PhD student at the University of Warwick studying astronomy and astrophysics. My supervisor is Danny Steeghs and my project focuses primarily on GOTO in search for the optical counterpart to gravitational waves. My research interests revolve around compact objects and rapid identification of transients.

See my publication history: NASA ADS search link


Principal Author:
  • Gompertz, B.P., Cutter, R., et al."Searching for Electromagnetic Counterparts to Gravitational-wave Merger Events with the Prototype Gravitational-wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO-4)" arXiv preprint arXiv:2004.00025 (2020).
  • ENGRAVE Collaboration."Observational constraints on the optical and near-infrared emission from the neutron star-black hole binary merger S190814bv." arXiv preprint arXiv:2002.01950 (2020).
  • Abbot, B. P., et al. "Multi-messenger observations of a binary neutron star merger." Astrophysical Journal Letters 848 (2017).
  • Borisov, G., et al. "Rotational variation of the linear polarization of the asteroid (3200) Phaethon as evidence for inhomogeneity in its surface properties." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters 480.1 (2018): L131-L135.
Notable GCN:
  • Cutter, R., et al. "LIGO/Virgo S200213t: No notable candidates in GOTO imaging" GRB Coordinates Network, Circular Service, No. 27069, # 1 (2020) 27069 (2020).
  • Steeghs, D., Cutter, R., et al. "GRB 171205A: GOTO detection of the optical counterpart." GRB Coordinates Network, Circular Service, No. 22190, # 1 (2017) 22190 (2017).
  • Ackley, K., et al. "LIGO/Virgo S190901ap: GOTO optical coverage and detection of AT2019pjv" GRB Coordinates Network, Circular Service, No. 22190, # 1 (2019) 25654 (2019).


PG-SSLC:- Secretary (2016 - 2017), Astro Rep(2017-2018), PG Seminar Coordinator (2017 - 2019)

PX271:- Microprocessors Lab Demonstrator (2016-2019)

PX148:- Exam Marker(2017-2019)

Open days:- Talking to parents and prospective students

Created the Astro Journal Club (2018-2019)

Courses Taken

CH950:- Doctoral Skills 1

CH951:- Doctoral Skills 2

CH952:- Doctoral Skills 3

CH957:- Business Innovation, and Commercialisation

CH953:- Teamworking in a Research Environment

CH955:- Decision Making and Leadership

PX444:- The Distant Universe

AS8:- Planetary formation

Other Affiliations



STEM Ambassador

I'm a scientist get me out of here (Winner of the gravity zone Nov 2017,Championed Stephen Hawking for the £50 note and won that too!)

HEA - Associate Fellow


Older stuff

Svalbard Blog :- My 6 month adventure in the arctic circle (somewhat incomplete)

Wonders of the Moon :- I made a brief appearence on national television!

See the Warwick Planitarium!

XMAS Gala - Building Crystals


Write to:

Ry Cutter,
Department of Physics,
University of Warwick,
Coventry CV4 7AL

Contact details:

E-Mail: R.Cutter at