The detection and continued observation of extrasolar planets is one of the key research goals of the UCL group.
Observations of transiting exoplanets rely on disentangling variations in the depth of the transit as a function of wavelength from instrumental effects, and from potential confounding astrophysical signals. Because the signals of interest are small (~ 1:10,000), sophisticated data reduction techniques are required. The UCL Exoplanets group specialises in developing new and innovative methods for reducing exoplanet spectra, from the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer and ground-based observatories.
- Angelos Tsiaras