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.
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).
Conference Talks and Poster Presentations
- 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)
- Recipient of an ESA Young Researcher Award, for work presented at the 51st ESLAB Symposium "Extreme Habitable Worlds".