Characterising exoplanetary atmospheres
My main research interests focus on the characterisation of the atmospheres of transiting exoplanets. I'm working on the development of a spectral retrieval code to constrain the atmospheric parameters and investigate their degeneracies. I'm also involved in the development of future dedicated space missions for the characterisation of exoplanet atmospheres: Ariel (The Atmospheric Remote-Sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey), one of the three candidates for the next ESA medium class mission, and Twinkle, a smaller, lower-cost mission.
Transiting exoplanets are planets outside our solar system whose orbit is aligned with the observer's point of view. The majority of the thousands of exoplanets known today have been discovered through this method, revolutionising this novel field. Small telescopes are sufficient to detect many of these planets, and my interest in this field has developed using small telescopes to follow-up and characterise this special class of exoplanets.
Data reduction and analysis
I have created a set of software for small robotic telescopes, including front-end interfaces for the submission of observing plans and retrieval of archival images. I'm also actively developing end-to-end pipelines for the reduction, analysis and archive of astronomical images. The idea is to put all these tools in one single framework, and automate the production of scientific data for small observatories. My software is in use at the University of London Observatory and will be soon implemented in a small observatory being built in Chile.
Asteroid polluted white dwarfs
I am also working on evolved planetary systems around white dwarfs. Here you can find some interesting facts.