Christopher Watson

Professor

  • Room 02.013 - New Physics

    United Kingdom

20002020

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I am the head of the Exoplanet Group within the Astrophysics Research Centre in the School of Mathematics and Physics, as well as the Deputy Head of School. My research interests lie with discovering and characterising planets orbiting other stars - known as exoplanets. This work naturally attracts a lot of public and press attention, and has led to a number of global press releases over the years. As a result I have written expert articles for the BBC News, as well as filmed for BBC Horizon, as well as many recorded and live Radio and TV appearances across the UK, USA, and further afield.

My key interests lie with improving detection methods for 'weighing' exoplanets, in the push to confirming the first true (and so far, elusive!) 'Earth-analog' world outside our own solar system. In addition, I also dabble in characterising their atmospheres - and was recently part of a team that showed that it was possible with current techniques to find water in the atmospheres of super-Earths.

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  • A long period (P = 61.8-d) M5V dwarf eclipsing a Sun-like star from TESS and NGTS

    Gill, S., Cooke, B. F., Bayliss, D., Nielsen, L. D., Lendl, M., Wheatley, P. J., Anderson, D. R., Moyano, M., Bryant, E. M., Acton, J. S., Belardi, C., Bouchy, F., Burleigh, M. R., Casewell, S. L., Chaushev, A., Goad, M. R., Jackman, J. A. G., Jenkins, J. S., McCormac, J., Günther, M. N. & 10 others, Osborn, H. P., Pollacco, D., Raynard, L., Smith, A. M. S., Tilbrook, R. H., Turner, O., Udry, S., Vines, J. I., Watson, C. A. & West, R. G., 13 May 2020, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Advance Access.

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  • An eclipsing M-dwarf close to the hydrogen burning limit from NGTS

    Acton, J. S., Goad, M. R., Casewell, S. L., Vines, J. I., Burleigh, M. R., Eigmüller, P., Nielsen, L. D., Gänsicke, B. T., Bayliss, D., Bouchy, F., Bryant, E. M., Gill, S., Gillen, E., Günther, M. N., Jenkins, J. S., McCormac, J., Moyano, M., Raynard, L. R., Tilbrook, R. H., Udry, S. & 3 others, Watson, C. A., West, R. G. & Wheatley, P. J., 17 Aug 2020, (Accepted) In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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  • An Ultra-Hot Neptune in the Neptune desert

    Jenkins, J. S., Díaz, M. R., Kurtovic, N. T., Espinoza, N., Vines, J. I., Rojas, P. A. P., Brahm, R., Torres, P., Cortés-Zuleta, P., Soto, M. G., Lopez, E. D., King, G. W., Wheatley, P. J., Winn, J. N., Ciardi, D. R., Ricker, G., Vanderspek, R., Latham, D. W., Seager, S., Jenkins, J. M. & 64 others, Beichman, C. A., Bieryla, A., Burke, C. J., Christiansen, J. L., Henze, C. E., Klaus, T. C., McCauliff, S., Mori, M., Narita, N., Nishiumi, T., Tamura, M., Leon, J. P. D., Quinn, S. N., Villaseñor, J. N., Vezie, M., Lissauer, J. J., Collins, K. A., Collins, K. I., Isopi, G., Mallia, F., Ercolino, A., Petrovich, C., Jordán, A., Acton, J. S., Armstrong, D. J., Bayliss, D., Bouchy, F., Claudia~Belardi, Bryant, E. M., Burleigh, M. R., Cabrera, J., Casewell, S. L., Chaushev, A., Cooke, B. F., Eigmüller, P., Erikson, A., Foxell, E., Gänsicke, B. T., Gill, S., Gillen, E., Günther, M. N., Goad, M. R., Hooton, M. J., Jackman, J. A. G., Louden, T., McCormac, J., Moyano, M., Nielsen, L. D., Pollacco, D., Queloz, D., Rauer, H., Raynard, L., Smith, A. M. S., Tilbrook, R. H., Titz-Weider, R., Turner, O., Udry, S., Walker, S. R., Watson, C. A., West, R. G., Palle, E., Ziegler, C., Law, N. & Mann, A. W., 21 Sep 2020, In : Nature Astronomy.

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  • An unusually low density ultra-short period super-Earth and three mini-Neptunes around the old star TOI-561

    Lacedelli, G., Malavolta, L., Borsato, L., Piotto, G., Nardiello, D., Mortier, A., Stalport, M., Collier Cameron, A., Poretti, E., Buchhave, L. A., López-Morales, M., Nascimbeni, V., Wilson, T. G., Udry, S., Latham, D. W., Bonomo, A. S., Damasso, M., Dumusque, X., Jenkins, J. M., Lovis, C. & 21 others, Rice, K., Sasselov, D., Winn, J. N., Andreuzzi, G., Cosentino, R., Charbonneau, D., Di Fabrizio, L., Fiorenzano, A. F. M., Ghedina, A., Harutyunyan, A., Lienhard, F., Micela, G., Molinari, E., Pagano, I., Pepe, F., Phillips, D. F., Pinamonti, M., Ricker, G., Scandariato, G., Sozzetti, A. & Watson, C. A., 08 Dec 2020, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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  • A Pair of TESS Planets Spanning the Radius Valley around the Nearby Mid-M Dwarf LTT 3780

    Cloutier, R., Eastman, J. D., Rodriguez, J. E., Astudillo-Defru, N., Bonfils, X., Mortier, A., Watson, C. A., Stalport, M., Pinamonti, M., Lienhard, F., Harutyunyan, A., Damasso, M., Latham, D. W., Collins, K. A., Massey, R., Irwin, J., Winters, J. G., Charbonneau, D., Ziegler, C., Matthews, E. & 67 others, Crossfield, I. J. M., Kreidberg, L., Quinn, S. N., Ricker, G., Vanderspek, R., Seager, S., Winn, J., Jenkins, J. M., Vezie, M., Udry, S., Twicken, J. D., Tenenbaum, P., Sozzetti, A., Ségransan, D., Schlieder, J. E., Sasselov, D., Santos, N. C., Rice, K., Rackham, B. V., Poretti, E., Piotto, G., Phillips, D., Pepe, F., Molinari, E., Mignon, L., Micela, G., Melo, C., de Medeiros, J. R., Mayor, M., Matson, R. A., Martinez Fiorenzano, A. F., Mann, A. W., Magazzú, A., Lovis, C., López-Morales, M., Lopez, E., Lissauer, J. J., Lépine, S., Law, N., Kielkopf, J. F., Johnson, J. A., Jensen, E. L. N., Howell, S. B., Gonzales, E., Ghedina, A., Forveille, T., Figueira, P., Dumusque, X., Dressing, C. D., Doyon, R., Díaz, R. F., Fabrizio, L. D., Delfosse, X., Cosentino, R., Conti, D. M., Collins, K. I., Cameron, A. C., Ciardi, D., Caldwell, D. A., Burke, C., Buchhave, L., Briceño, C., Boyd, P., Bouchy, F., Beichman, C., Artigau, É. & Almenara, J. M., Jul 2020, In : Astronomical Journal. 160, 1, p. 3

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