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Explosive Transients and Multi-messenger astronomy

The transients group at Warwick studies all manner of explosive, extra-galactic transients as probes physics at the extremes of matter. Our interests lie primarily in supernovae, fast blue-optical transients (FBOTs), and the electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave sources - kilonovae. We study their multi-wavelength signatures to understand the explosion mechanisms and the nucleosynthesis of these events. In addition, we are interested in the host galaxies and local stellar populations of transients, and pioneer integral-field spectroscopy as a tool to further understand the progenitor systems. At Warwick, we are leading the development of the Gravitational wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO) facility. GOTO is a dual-site observatory aimed at enabling multi-messenger astronomy, and bringing together an international collaboration of scientists to study many aspects of time-domain astrophysics. Our group is heavily-involved in ENGRAVE, the European effort to detect and characterise multi-messenger events, and ePESSTO+.

Research news, job opportunities and possible PhD projects are shared part of the main Astronomy and Astrophysics group webpages. You can also find more specific information on PhD and Research Fellowships in the Transients and Multi-messenger area.

Academic Staff

Name Email Research Interests  
Danny Steeghs
(professor)

D.T.H.Steeghs@warwick.ac.uk

  • Gravitational-wave multi-messenger astronomy
  • Fast transients
  • Time-domain techniques
  • Robotic Telescopes
  • see also white dwarfs and SDA
 
Deanne Coppejans
(assistant professor)

Deanne.Coppejans@warwick.ac.uk

  • Fast Blue Optical Transients
  • Supernovae
  • Gamma-ray Bursts
  • Tidal Disruption Events
  • Gravitational-wave multi-messenger astronomy
  • see also white dwarfs
Joe Lyman
(assistant professor, Future Leader Fellow)

J.D.Lyman@warwick.ac.uk

  • Faint and fast supernovae
  • Host galaxies and parent stellar populations of transients
  • Gravitational-wave multi-messenger astronomy
  • Sky survey software
 
Elizabeth Stanway
(reader)

E.R.Stanway@warwick.ac.uk

  • Host galaxies and parent stellar populations of transients
  • Gamma-ray Bursts
  • Gravitational-wave multi-messenger astronomy
  • see also stellar populations
 

Research Staff

Name Email Research Interests  
Kendall Ackley
(post-doctoral research fellow)

Kendall.Ackley@warwick.ac.uk

  • Gravitational-wave multi-messenger astronomy
  • Time-domain sky survey strategies
  • Gamma-ray Bursts
  • Gravitational astrophysics of compact objects
 
David O'Neill
(post-doctoral research fellow)

David.O-Neill@warwick.ac.uk

  • Hydrogen-rich Supernovae
  • Supernova progenitor stars
  • Gravitational-wave multi-messenger astronomy
 
Krzysztof Ulaczyk
(post-doctoral research fellow)

K.P.Ulaczyk@warwick.ac.uk

  • Gravitational-wave multi-messenger astronomy
  • Photometric sky surveys
  • Microlensing and Variable Stars
  • Robotic Telescopes
 

Postgraduate Students

Name Email Research Interests  
Thomas Killestein
(PhD student)

T.Killestein@warwick.ac.uk

  • Machine learning/deep learning in time-domain astronomy
  • Gravitational-wave multi-messenger astronomy
  • Characterisation of astrophysical transients