Transmission Spectroscopy of Hot Jupiters and Neptunes

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

The aim of this project is to enable the automated selection of
transiting exoplanet candidates for transmission spectroscopy follow-up. This project will
develop an exoplanet atmosphere fitting routine and also metrics that classify how new
transmission spectroscopy data improves model discrimination. This work will become a
central component within the overall automated target selection pipeline being
developed by SPEARNET (Spectroscopy and Photometry of Exoplanetary Atmospheres
Network). SPEARNET is a UK-Thai collaboration which is using a heterogeneous telescope
network to select and follow-up exoplanet transiting systems.

Publications

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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ST/N504178/1 01/10/2015 31/03/2021
1963670 Studentship ST/N504178/1 05/09/2017 30/09/2021 Joshua Hayes
ST/R504956/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2021
1963670 Studentship ST/R504956/1 05/09/2017 30/09/2021 Joshua Hayes
 
Description Exoplanetary lecture for British Science Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Delivered a lecture on exoplanetary science at the University of Manchester to multiple local schools
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Expert astronomer on BBC Radio 5 "Up All Night" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Regular 15 minute slot on BBC Radio 5 "Up All Night," where I discussed the latest astronomy news stories with the host.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description Jodcast presenting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I have acted as a presenter on the Jodcast, the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics podcast. This reaches a wide audience and is the second largest astronomy podcast in the world.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019,2020
URL http://www.jodcast.net
 
Description Jodrell Bank "Meet the Expert" session 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 10 Minute talk to the general public about my work, followed by a 30 minute Q&A on space science and astronomy. Hosted by Jodrell Bank as a half term activity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019,2020
URL https://www.jodrellbank.net/events/easter-holidays-meet-the-expert-2/
 
Description Talk to University of Manchester Astronomy Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact A talk on exoplanetary science any my research to undergraduate members of the University of Manchester Astronomy Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description University of Manchester GATEWAYS school program workshop delivery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 3 groups of 30 Year 9 pupils each spent an hour in a workshop designed and run by me looking at atmospheric spectroscopy. The workshop consisted of an introductory talk, a session on 'decoding spectral fingerprints,' and a discussion/summary.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019