I am a first year PhD student in the Astronomy and Astrophysics group at the University of Warwick. My supervisor is Daniel Bayliss.
My research work is focused on the observations of transiting exoplanets, and I am currently wokring in two main areas:
1) Follow up of Bright Exoplanet candidate hosts with NGTS
I work within the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) to follow up the brightest exoplanet hosts (V < 10.5 mag) to look for potential transit timing variations (TTVs), to obtain robust estimates of the transit ephemeris for future observations, and to also find potential blends for candidate rejection. I am primarily involved in the target selection and the scheduling and reduction of the observations.
Within NGTS, I have also been involved in developing the quickfit routines for the pipeline which aid in candidate selection for follow-up.
2) Occurrence rates of Giant Planets orbiting M Dwarfs
The main current theory of planetary formation is core-accretion, which has been shown to inhibit the formation of the largest, Jupiter-sized planets around M dwarf stars. I am using data from the TESS mission to quantify the occurrence rates for these systems, and to determine the extent to which their existence is inhibited. This work will have important consequences for our models of planetary formation.
Write to:Edward Bryant,
Office: PS0.16 (Physical Sciences)