Christopher Watson

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20002019
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Research Interests

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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Projects 2009 2019

Research Output 2000 2019

4 Citations (Scopus)

A giant impact as the likely origin of different twins in the Kepler-107 exoplanet system

Bonomo, A. S., Zeng, L., Damasso, M., Leinhardt, Z. M., Justesen, A. B., Lopez, E., Lund, M. N., Malavolta, L., Silva Aguirre, V., Buchhave, L. A., Corsaro, E., Denman, T., Lopez-Morales, M., Mills, S. M., Mortier, A., Rice, K., Sozzetti, A., Vanderburg, A., Affer, L., Arentoft, T. & 32 othersBenbakoura, M., Bouchy, F., Christensen-Dalsgaard, J., Collier Cameron, A., Cosentino, R., Dressing, C. D., Dumusque, X., Figueira, P., Fiorenzano, A. F. M., García, R. A., Handberg, R., Harutyunyan, A., Johnson, J. A., Kjeldsen, H., Latham, D. W., Lovis, C., Lundkvist, M. S., Mathur, S., Mayor, M., Micela, G., Molinari, E., Motalebi, F., Nascimbeni, V., Nava, C., Pepe, F., Phillips, D. F., Piotto, G., Poretti, E., Sasselov, D., Ségransan, D., Udry, S. & Watson, C., 04 Feb 2019, In : Nature Astronomy. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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extrasolar planets
planets
radii
Neptune (planet)
silicates

Classifying exoplanet candidates with convolutional neural networks: application to the Next Generation Transit Survey

Chaushev, A., Raynard, L., Goad, M. R., Eigmüller, P., Armstrong, D. J., Briegal, J. T., Burleigh, M. R., Casewell, S. L., Gill, S., Jenkins, J. S., Nielsen, L. D., Watson, C. A., West, R. G., Wheatley, P. J., Udry, S. & Vines, J. I., Oct 2019, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 488, 4, p. 5232-5250

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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extrasolar planets
transit
classifying
planets
education
3 Citations (Scopus)

Detection of a giant flare displaying quasi-periodic pulsations from a pre-main-sequence M star by the Next Generation Transit Survey

Jackman, J. A. G., Wheatley, P. J., Pugh, C. E., Kolotkov, D. Y., Broomhall, A-M., Kennedy, G. M., Murphy, S. J., Raddi, R., Burleigh, M. R., Casewell, S. L., Eigmüller, P., Gillen, E., Günther, M. N., Jenkins, J. S., Louden, T., McCormac, J., Raynard, L., Poppenhaeger, K., Udry, S., Watson, C. A. & 1 othersWest, R. G., 01 Feb 2019, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 482, 4, p. 5553–5566

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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pre-main sequence stars
M stars
transit
flares
energetics

Doppler tomography as a tool for detecting exoplanet atmospheres

Watson, C. A., de Mooij, E. J. W., Steeghs, D., Marsh, T. R., Brogi, M., Gibson, N. P. & Matthews, S., 03 Oct 2019, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 490, 2, p. 1991-2006 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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extrasolar planets
tomography
atmospheres
atmosphere
radial velocity
4 Citations (Scopus)

Filtering solar-like oscillations for exoplanet detection in radial velocity observations

Chaplin, W. J., Cegla, H. M., Watson, C. A., Davies, G. R. & Ball, W. H., 02 Apr 2019, In : Astronomical Journal. 157, 4, 8 p.

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planet detection
solar oscillations
radial velocity
oscillation
Earth analogs

Prizes

Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society

Christopher Watson (Recipient), 2002

Prize: Election to learned society

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Christopher Watson (Recipient), 2005

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Activities 2004 2013

Jupiter Watch

Christopher Watson (Organiser)
08 Jan 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition

Talk and public discussion on "Exoplanets" as part of the Large Hadron Collider STFC Tour

Christopher Watson (Speaker)
07 May 2013

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

ASGI Summer Meeting

Christopher Watson (Chair)
07 Jun 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Talk on "Future visions of exoplanets" to the Jubilee meeting of the Society for Popular Astronomy

Christopher Watson (Speaker)
21 Sep 2013

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Astrotomography II - Imaging at the micro-arcsecond scale

Christopher Watson (Invited speaker)
2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Impact

Engaging the Public in Science and Increasing Awareness of Physics and Astronomy

Alan Fitzsimmons (Participant), Samuel Duddy (Participant), Henry Hsieh (Participant), Stephen Smartt (Participant), Stephen Lowry (Participant), Heather Cegla (Participant), Sergiy Shelyag (Participant), Victoria Moulds (Participant), Michail Mathioudakis (Participant), Don Pollacco (Participant), John Burton (Participant), Christopher Watson (Participant)

Impact: Societial Impact

Thesis

High Contrast Imaging: Exoplanet and Low Stellar Mass Populations

Author: Durkan, S., Apr 2018

Supervisor: Watson, C. A. (Supervisor) & Fitzsimmons, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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Unearth: Revealing the Effects of Stellar Activity on Exoplanet Host Stars

Author: Thompson, A. P. G., 2019

Supervisor: Watson, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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