High-precision studies of eclipsing binary stars observed using space telescopes (Dr John Taylor (Southworth))
The study of eclipsing binary star systems is one of the most mature and rewarding areas of stellar physics, offering the unique opportunity to determine the masses and radii of distant stars directly from observational data. This area of research is currently experiencing a renaissance, due to the remarkable quality and quantity of data coming from space-based searches for extrasolar planets. Major contributors to this new era are the recent Kepler and CoRoT telescopes, the ongoing K2 and BRITE missions, and the forthcoming space satellites TESS and PLATO. The successful candidate will study eclipsing binary star systems which have been observed with the Kepler telescope, and/or are currently being observed by the K2 mission. Follow-up spectroscopic observations have already been obtained for some of these objects and opportunities exist to visit large telescopes to obtain spectroscopic observations of others. The fundamental aim of this project is to check the predictions of theoretical models of stars, which form the foundation of most areas of observational and theoretical astrophysics.
100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years commencing Academic year 2016/2017. Stipend support for three years at Research Council rates (2015/6 £14,057 per annum).
Jointly supported by STFC and the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Keele University.
UK residents are eligible for full funding (tuition fees and stipend at Research Council rate). EU nationals (who are not resident in the UK) will normally qualify for a fees-only award.
26th February 2016 in the first instance. Applications received by deadline will receive first consideration, applications received after deadline will be considered until the positions are filled.
Available from September 2016.
For candidate profile please see: http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/studentships/