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The Extrasolar Planet Research Group is highly cross disciplinary, with several members working in both exoplanets and other fields. Below you can find short biographies of the various group members...
Alan Aylward is the Head of the Atmospheric Physics Laboratory (APL). Alan works on the modelling of both solar system and extrasolar planetary atmospheres, in particular the upper atmosphere, and also future instrumentation for exoplanet observations.
Bob Barber works on generating molecular line lists, which are used for detecting molecules in the atmospheres of extrasolar planets. Bob has recently been working on ammonia linelists which will hopefully aid in the search for this elusive molecule.
Jean-Philippe Beaulieu is an expert in multiple fields including microlensing of extrasolar planets, ground and space-based photometry of transiting exoplanets and many others outside of exoplanetology. Although stationed at the IAP, Paris, Jean-Philippe is an honourary reader at UCL. Jean-Philippe led the team that discovered the first cold Super-Earth in 2005.
Peter Doel is a lecturer in astronomy and develops astronomical instrumentation. The development of instrumentation is critical to the exoplanet mission and could one day be used to detect life on an Earth-like exoplanet.
Steve Fossey is a Teaching Fellow in Astronomy based at the University of London Observatory, part of UCL. Steve works on transiting extrasolar planets and made the discovery of the transit of the then longest period exoplanet, HD 80606b. As well as observations, Steve also works on predicting the detectability of exomoons with future and current telescopes.
Ofer Lahav is the Perren Chair for Astronomy and Vice-Dean for Research in the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MAPS). Ofer provides expertise in statistical analysis, Bayesian techniques and radial velocity modelling. He and Sree Balan developed the ExoFit software package.
Steve Miller is an atmospheric scientist working closely with Jonathan, Bob and Alan to understand better the exotic atmospheres of extrasolar planets.
Jonathan Tennyson is a former Head of the Physics & Astronomy Department, and a Royal Society Fellow. Jonathan leads the ExoMol research group in molecular spectroscopy, and his water linelist, BT2, is the benchmark list for planetary and stellar atmopsheric models.
Giovanna Tinetti is a professor at UCL and a Royal Society University Research Fellow, as well as PI of the proposed EChO Space Mission. Her expertise is in spectral modelling of planetary atmospheres; in particular, she pioneered in 2007 the use of infrared primary transit spectroscopy as a diagnostic of exoplanet atmospheres, which culminated in the first discovery of water in the atmosphere of an exoplanet.
Ingo Waldmann is a post-doctoral researcher at UCL working on both observations of exoplanets and improved data reduction techniques.
Bruce Swinyard came to UCL in 2010 on a joint appointment between UCL and the STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and hence splits his time between London and the Oxfordshire countryside. He specialises in the development of astronomical instrumentation and observing techniques in the far infrared wavelength band, especially in space-based systems.
Jay Farihi joined us from Cambridge in 2013 as an Ernest Rutherford Fellow. His research interests include disks, planets and asteroids in evolved stellar systems, the formation and evolution of low-mass stellar and sub-stellar companions, ultracool white dwarf atmospheres and Galactic age constraints.
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