Eamonn Kerins

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Exoplanet detection with space-based microlensing

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Opportunities

Postgraduate Opportunities

There are severeal opportunities available for postgraduate study (PhD or MSc by Research) in the areas of extra-solar planets or time-domain astronomy.

For details on current projects in the area of extra-solar planet research please look at current exoplanet research within the JBCA Pulsars, Exoplanets and Transients group..

Please contact me by email if you would like further information.

My group

Research Groups

Biography

Some selected roles in the last 10 years:

  • 2023: European Space Agency (ESA) appointed scientist, NASA Roman Galactic Bulge Time Domain Survey Project Infrastructure Team
  • 2023: Lead, Working Group 2 (Survey optimization and exoplanet demographics), Transits in the Roman Exoplanet Survey, NASA-selected WFI Science Survey for the Roman mission
  • 2023: Lead, ESA Euclid Exoplanet Science Working Group
  • 2022: Member, Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics, US National Academy of Sciences (1-year appointment)
  • Since 2016: Principal Investigator for the Spectroscopy and Phototmetry of Exoplanet Atmospheres Research Network

My current research focuses on the detection of cool exoplanets using microlensing as well as the study of the atmospheres of transiting exoplanets using transmission spectroscopy. I also do some work on developing game-theory based strategies for the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). I work with ground based optical and near-infrared telescope data, as well as data from space missions such as Kepler, Hubble and the James Webb Space Telescope. I also work on simulations of space-based microlensing and transit surveys for the recently-launched ESA Euclid and the $4.3 billion NASA Roman mission, which is due for launch in late 2026. Roman will spend around 25% of its time undertaking the Galactic Bulge Time Domain Survey, for which I am the ESA-appointed member of the Project Infrastructure Team.

co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed papers in astrophysics.

Frequent live appearances as a space expert on BBC Breakfast as well as on BBC national and World Service radio.

Research interests

My current research focuses on the detection of cool exoplanets using microlensing as well as the study of the atmospheres of transiting exoplanets using transmission spectroscopy. I also do some work on developing game-theory based strategies for the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

I work with ground based optical and near-infrared telescope data, as well as data from space missions such as Kepler, Hubble and the James Webb Space Telescope. I also work on simulations of space-based microlensing and transit surveys for the recently-launched ESA Euclid and the $4.3 billion NASA Roman mission, which is due for launch in late 2026. Roman will spend around 25% of its time undertaking the Galactic Bulge Time Domain Survey, for which I am the ESA-appointed member of the Project Infrastructure Team.

Some recent highlights:

External positions

Member, Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics, US National Academy of Sciences

1 Apr 202231 Jan 2023

External examiner to MSc Astrophysics taught courses, Queen Mary University of London

15 Oct 201931 Mar 2022

Areas of expertise

  • QB Astronomy
  • extra-solar planets
  • time-domain astronomy
  • gravitational microlensing

Keywords

  • Exoplanets
  • Extra-solar planets
  • Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
  • SETI
  • Alien worlds
  • Alien life

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  • TransitFit: combined multi-instrument exoplanet transit fitting for JWST, HST, and ground-based transmission spectroscopy studies

    The SPEARNET Collaboration, 1 Jan 2024, In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 527, 3, p. 4936-4954 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
  • Kepler K2 Campaign 9: II. First space-based discovery of an exoplanet using microlensing

    Specht, D., Poleski, R., Penny, M. T., Kerins, E., McDonald, I., Lee, C-U., Udalski, A., Bond, I. A., Shvartzvald, Y., Zang, W., Street, R. A., Hogg, D. W., Gaudi, B. S., Barclay, T., Barentsen, G., Howell, S. B., Mullally, F., Henderson, C. B., Bryson, S. T., Caldwell, D. A., & 66 othersHaas, M. R., Van Cleve, J. E., Larson, K., McCalmont, K., Peterson, C., Putnam, D., Ross, S., Packard, M., Reedy, L., Albrow, M. D., Chung, S-J., Jung, Y. K., Gould, A., Han, C., Hwang, K-H., Ryu, Y-H., Shin, I-G., Yang, H., Yee, J. C., Cha, S-M., Kim, D-J., Kim, S-L., Lee, D-J., Lee, Y., Park, B-G., Pogge, R. W., Szymański, M. K., Soszyński, I., Ulaczyk, K., Pietrukowicz, P., Kozłowski, S., Skowron, J., Mróz, P., Mao, S., Fouqué, P., Zhu, W., Abe, F., Barry, R., Bennett, D. P., Bhattacharya, A., Fukui, A., Fujii, H., Hirao, Y., Itow, Y., Kirikawa, R., Kondo, I., Koshimoto, N., Matsubara, Y., Matsumoto, S., Miyazaki, S., Muraki, Y., Olmschenk, G., Ranc, C., Okamura, A., Rattenbury, N. J., Satoh, Y., Sumi, T., Suzuki, D., Silva, S. I., Toda, T., Tristram, P. J., Vandorou, A., Yama, H., Beichman, C., Bryden, G. & Novati, S. C., 1 Apr 2023, In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 520, 4, p. 6350-6366 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
  • Revisiting the Transit Timing and Atmosphere Characterization of the Neptune-mass Planet HAT-P-26 b

    A-Thano, N., Awiphan, S., Jiang, I. G., Kerins, E., Priyadarshi, A., McDonald, I., Joshi, Y. C., Chulikorn, T., Hayes, J. J. C., Charles, S., Huang, C. K., Rattanamala, R., Yeh, L. C. & Dhillon, V. S., 1 Dec 2023, In: Astronomical Journal. 166, 6, 223.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
  • Transiting Exoplanet Yields for the Roman Galactic Bulge Time Domain Survey Predicted from Pixel-level Simulations

    Wilson, R. F., Barclay, T., Powell, B. P., Schlieder, J., Hedges, C., Montet, B. T., Quintana, E., Mcdonald, I., Penny, M. T., Espinoza, N. & Kerins, E., 1 Nov 2023, In: Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series. 269, 1, 5.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
  • An Isolated Stellar-mass Black Hole Detected through Astrometric Microlensing

    Sahu, K. C., Anderson, J., Casertano, S., Bond, H. E., Udalski, A., Dominik, M., Calamida, A., Bellini, A., Brown, T. M., Rejkuba, M., Bajaj, V., Kains, N., Ferguson, H. C., Fryer, C. L., Yock, P., Mróz, P., Kozłowski, S., Pietrukowicz, P., Poleski, R., Skowron, J., & 74 othersSoszyński, I., Szymański, M. K., Ulaczyk, K., Wyrzykowski, Ł., Barry, R. K., Bennett, D. P., Bond, I. A., Hirao, Y., Silva, S. I., Kondo, I., Koshimoto, N., Ranc, C., Rattenbury, N. J., Sumi, T., Suzuki, D., Tristram, P. J., Vandorou, A., Beaulieu, J-P., Marquette, J-B., Cole, A., Fouqué, P., Hill, K., Dieters, S., Coutures, C., Dominis-Prester, D., Bennett, C., Bachelet, E., Menzies, J., Albrow, M., Pollard, K., Gould, A., Yee, J. C., Allen, W., Almeida, L. A., Christie, G., Drummond, J., Gal-Yam, A., Gorbikov, E., Jablonski, F., Lee, C-U., Maoz, D., Manulis, I., McCormick, J., Natusch, T., Pogge, R. W., Shvartzvald, Y., Jørgensen, U. G., Alsubai, K. A., Andersen, M. I., Bozza, V., Novati, S. C., Burgdorf, M., Hinse, T. C., Hundertmark, M., Husser, T-O., Kerins, E., Longa-Peña, P., Mancini, L., Penny, M., Rahvar, S., Ricci, D., Sajadian, S., Skottfelt, J., Snodgrass, C., Southworth, J., Tregloan-Reed, J., Wambsganss, J., Wertz, O., Tsapras, Y., Street, R. A., Bramich, D. M., Horne, K., Steele, I. A. & Collaboration, R., Jul 2022, In: The Astrophysical Journal.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review