Welcome to Pierre Maxted's home page
I am a Reader in Astrophysics
in the Physics department at Keele University where I study binary
stars and extrasolar planets.
I am part of the team at Keele responsible for the operation of the SuperWASP instrument at the
South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), near Sutherland in South
Thanks to Auke Slotegraaf for this photo of me at SuperWASP-South.
- Operation of SuperWASP South
- Characterising hot-Jupiters from transit photometry
Post common-envelope binary stars
- Brown dwarf companions to white dwarfs and subdwarfs (e.g., WD0137-349).
- Finding the progenitors of Type Ia supernovae by following-up solar-type
type stars with a UV excess.
- Masses and radii of white dwarfs and their companions in eclipsing
Brown dwarf binary stars
- Testing models for the formation of brown dwarfs and
very low mass stars by measuring how many of them are binaries and estimating
their orbital period distribution.
Some useful links
- PHY-20006 - Quantum mechanics (with Prof. Evans)
- PHY-30006 - Astrophysics Group Project and Science Communication
- PHY-30027 - Data Analysis and Model Testing
Walking and Climbing
This is me enjoying the scenery during a trip to the Polish
Tatra mountains. Most of my walking and climbing has been done with
The Outcasts, an
outdoor activity group I joined while I was working in Southampton.
Dr Pierre Maxted (email@example.com)
Astrophysics Group, Dept. Physics and Astronomy
Keele University, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG