I am a PhD student in the Astronomy and Astrophysics group at the University of Warwick. My supervisors are Richard West and Don Pollacco.
M dwarf exoplanet survey
I am conducting a survey targeting M dwarf stars using NITES, our 0.4m telescope in La Palma. This is searching for exoplanets using the transit method, where periodic dips in the amount of light can reveal an exoplanet along with its radius and period. M dwarfs are an attractive target as their small size means Earth sized planets produce larger dips than they would around the Sun, and their faintness means their habitable zones are much closer to the star. The result is detecting Earth sized planets in the habitable zone is much easier than around Sun-like stars.
I am also responsible for scheduling follow up observations for transit confirmation using NITES.