My research interests focus on the formation and evolution of interacting binary stars, particularly those that contain one (or two) compact stellar remnant(s). In order to find these systems, I am involved in a number of sky surveys where we combine custom sky surveys with data mining of public survey data at multiple wavebands. Compact object binaries are also responsible for spectacular explosions and are principal source of gravitational waves. I am interested in the astrophysics with gravitational waves as well as what can be learned from combined GW & electromagnetic information.
I am an observationally focused astronomer, exploiting the spectrum of facilities available to us including the Hubble Space Telescope, X-ray satellites such as XMM and SWIFT and a wide range of ground-based facilities. I am currently working on a new facility that will hunt for EM signatures of binary mergers, called GOTO.
If you are interested in a Ph.D position in our group, a description of current projects on offer can be found here.
- Recent research publications
- Latest preprints as posted on arXiv or full publication list (via on-line ADS search)
- GOTO ; Gravitational Wave Optical Transient Observer
- ICAM imaging spectrograph for the INT
- The Kepler INT Survey of the Kepler field
- The IPHAS survey
- The helium-nova V445 Puppis, or as some people prefer to call it, a ticking stellar time bomb. Watch the expanding shell as resolved by adaptive optics, an artist impression of the binary system and some media coverage by the BBC, Scientific American.
- Two white dwarfs going round in 5.4 minutes, it can't get much more cosier than that ....