Dr Duncan Wright

Dr Duncan Wright

Field of research: Stellar Astronomy and Planetary Systems
Campus: Kensington

I am an ARC Super Science Fellow working on the Exoplanetary Science project in the Astronomy and Optics Department in the School of Physics under Professor Chris Tinney at UNSW. I am working on developing and using a new reduction algorithm for the CYCLOPS fibre bundle on UCLES on the Anglo-Australian Telescope. This fibre bundle will improve radial velocity precision over the existing UCLES slit and mirror train by increasing throughput and resolution. This will allow for the detection of...

I am an ARC Super Science Fellow working on the Exoplanetary Science project in the Astronomy and Optics Department in the School of Physics under Professor Chris Tinney at UNSW. I am working on developing and using a new reduction algorithm for the CYCLOPS fibre bundle on UCLES on the Anglo-Australian Telescope. This fibre bundle will improve radial velocity precision over the existing UCLES slit and mirror train by increasing throughput and resolution. This will allow for the detection of 'Doppler wobble' exoplanets of smaller velocity amplitude.

Prior to my work at UNSW I was working at the Royal Observatory of Belgium (2008-2010) on the relationship between rotation and non-radial pulsation in the main-sequence gravity-mode non-radially pulsating gamma Doradus and slowly pulsating B (SPB) type stars.

My PhD was on a spectroscopic study of a beta Cephei and gamma Doradus type stars at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand (2004-2008).

Location

Room 166, Old Main Building (K15)


 

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Research Activities

AAPS - The Anglo-Australian Planet Search

AAPS - The Anglo-Australian Planet Search

A major search for planets orbiting nearby stars. It has been running on the Anglo-Australian Telescope since 1998, and has discovered almost 10% of the known Doppler exoplanets.

Exoplanetary Science at UNSW

Exoplanetary Science at UNSW

I head a team of researchers working in projects spanning the whole field of Exoplanetary Science.