I am a mature PhD student in the Astronomy and Astrophysics group at the University of Warwick. My supervisor is Boris Gänsicke. I developed an interest in astrophysics following a career in the IT services sector latterly focused on data centre strategy. Following retirement I completed an Open University course in astronomy and then an MSc in astrophysics with Liverpool John Moores University. For my MSc project I was completed a number of observations of previously unconfirmed cataclysmic variables using the Liverpool Telescope. I commenced a part-time PhD in November 2019. I live in Derbyshire and enjoy hiking and (until Covid-19) foreign travel.
I am interested in all aspects of close binaries including cataclysmic variables and double white dwarfs. So far I have been building up distance-limited catalogs of these species with the intention of using these to calibrate evolutionary models. I am interested in projects such as SDSS-V, DESI and WEAVE which will hopefully yield the spectroscopy needed to identify relevant close binaries.
I am interested in the application of machine learning to target selection.
I have been modelling the winds from nova-likes using the PYTHON (a model not the language).
Towards a volumetric census of close white dwarf binaries I. Reference samples
Inight, K.; Gänsicke, Boris T.; Breedt, E. and 3 more, 2021MNRAS.tmp..762I2021/03
Single magnetic white dwarfs with Balmer emission lines: a small class with consistent physical characteristics as possible signposts for close-in planetary companions
Gänsicke, Boris T.; Rodríguez-Gil, Pablo; Gentile Fusillo, Nicola P. and 4 more, 2020MNRAS.499.2564G2020/12
Identification of Gaia17bms as an Eclipsing Cataclysmic Variable
Inight, K. P.; Copperwheat, C. M, 2019RNAAS...3..120I2019/08
Spectroscopic Observations of Nine Candidate Cataclysmic Variables with the Liverpool Telescope
Inight, K. P.; Copperwheat, C. M., 2018RNAAS...2..222I2018/12