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Stellar Variability and Exoplanet Characterisation

Department of Physics

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Dr Heather Cegla No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
Warwick United Kingdom Astrophysics

About the Project

Almost everything we know about exoplanets, those planets outside of our solar system, is derived from the stars they orbit. This is because, like our Sun relative to the Earth, the host stars vastly outshine any companion planets. As a result, inhomogeneities and variability on the surface of the host stars can significantly impair the ability to detect and characterise exoplanets; this is especially true for temperate, rocky planets as their signals are inherently small.

The end-state goal of this project is to improve the radial velocity detection of low-mass, long-period planets and to move us closer to enabling the future detection and confirmation of Earth-like alien worlds.

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Please contact Dr Heather Cegla directly if you are interested in the project.

Funding Notes

This project is fully funded for UK students (42 months). International students will need to seek financial support from scholarship programmes.
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