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James Jackman

I am a PhD student in the Astronomy and Astrophysics group at the University of Warwick. My supervisor is Peter Wheatley. I work as part of the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), currently looking for stellar flares in our dataset. These are explosive magnetic reconnection events which occur on stars ranging from those similar to our Sun to much later spectral types. Once we find these events we can calculate various parameters such as their energy and duration - helping to determine what might happen to exoplanets in their path. Our work on this has been featured in national and international media.

I also work on elements of the NGTS reference catalogue pipeline, in particular the cross-matching of the NGTS source positions with external catalogues such as Gaia, 2MASS and APASS. This allows us to obtain photometry and astrometric information about our objects, which can then be fed into other things (e.g. SED fitting).


Jackman et al (2020), "NGTS clusters survey - II. White-light flares from the youngest stars in Orion"

Jackman et al (2019), "NGTS-7Ab: An ultra-short period brown dwarf transiting a tidally-locked and active M star"

Jackman et al (2019), "Detection of a giant white-light flare on an L2.5 dwarf with the Next Generation Transit Survey"

Jackman et al (2019), "Detection of a giant flare displaying quasi-periodic
pulsations from a pre-main sequence M star with NGTS"

Jackman et al (2018), "Ground-based detection of G star superflares with NGTS"

Conference Talks and Poster Presentations

  • Talk: "The Biggest Flares From the Smallest Stars with NGTS (South East Exoplanet Meeting, RAS, London, December, 2019)
  • Poster: "The Biggest Flares From the Smallest Stars with NGTS" (Sagan Summer Workshop, Caltech, July 2019)
  • Talk: "Constraining The Effects Of Stellar Flares with NGTS" (8th Astrobiology Society of Britain Conference, Newcastle, April 2019)
  • Poster: "The Largest Flares From the Coolest Stars" (RAS Specialist Meeting, London, April 2019)
  • Talk: "Constraining The Effects Of Stellar Flares on Exoplanet Habitability with NGTS" (ERES IV, Penn State, U.S.A, June 2018)
  • Talk: "High Cadence Detections of Stellar Flares with NGTS" (EWASS, Liverpool, April 2018)
  • Poster: "Stellar Flares and Exoplanet Habitability with NGTS" (UK Exoplanet Community Meeting, Oxford, March 2018)
  • Talk: "Stellar Superflares In NGTS" (51st ESLAB Symposium "Extreme Habitable Worlds", ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands, December 2017)
  • Talk: "Stellar Flares Detected By The Next Generation Transit Survey" (National Astronomy Meeting, Hull, July 2017)
  • Poster: "Cross Matching With NGTS" (UK Exoplanet Community Meeting, St Andrews, March 2017)

Departmental Seminars

  • CfA Exoplanets Pizza Lunch, Harvard, USA, 10th December 2019
  • CfA Stars & Planets Seminar, Harvard, USA, 9th December 2019
  • ESO Offices, Santiago, 11th October 2019
  • Arizona State University (ASU), 26th July 2019
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), 23rd July 2019
  • Boston University, 12th July 2019
  • MIT, USA, 11th July 2019
  • Harvard CfA, USA, 10th July 2019
  • NASA Goddard, USA, 27th June 2019
  • University of Delaware, USA, 25th June 2019
  • University of Warwick, 11th June 2019

Press Releases


  • Recipient of an ESA Young Researcher Award, for work presented at the 51st ESLAB Symposium "Extreme Habitable Worlds".

James Jackman, smiling politely

Write to:

James Jackman,
Department of Physics,
University of Warwick,
Coventry CV4 7AL

Contact details:

E-Mail: J.Jackman AT