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Observations and methods to characterise small planets around Sun-like stars

   School of Physics and Astronomy

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  Dr Annelies Mortier  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Finding and characterising planets like Earth are hindered by variable signals from the star itself. Especially in radial velocity data, essential to measure a planet's mass, these signals are often larger than the planet signals. This project will use data from high-stability high-resolution spectrographs, such as HARPS-N and EXPRES. Understanding the stellar variability can be done both in the data extraction process as well as in the data modelling process. Data will often be complemented by space photometry from Kepler, TESS, or CHEOPS.

This project relies on collecting observations in foreign observatories. Students able to travel will be preferred.

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Funding Notes

If you are selected in our entry competition, the PhD will be fully funded, meaning tuition fees are covered. In addition you would receive a monthly stipend to cover your living expenses, and have the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant to earn additional income.
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