Our research explores almost every aspect of the hunt for, and study of, planets outside our Solar System.

We use a variety of observing techniques, including :

  1. Bullet"Doppler Wobble" searches for planets orbiting Sun-like stars, sub-giants, M-dwarfs and transit -planet hosts;

  2. BulletDirect imaging of long-period companion systems with NICI on Gemini

  3. Bullet"Direct" detection searches for planetary-mass members of nearby star clusters; and

  4. BulletDirect searches for the coldest planetary-mass brown dwarfs in large sky surveys.

We also explore the theory of the formation of exoplanets, and their dynamical evolution and survival.

The search for extrasolar planets, and the understanding of the habitability of those planets, is a key component of the global, multi-disciplinary astrobiology initiative. Our group is a key component of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology here at UNSW.

We also lead new instrumentation projects like the new CYCLOPS and CYCLOPS2 fibre feeds for the Anglo-Australian Telescope, and the Veloce spectrograph project.

Prospective PhD students from UNSW and elsewhere interested in working in exoplanetary science are encouraged to contact me to discuss possible research projects. I have funds to provide top-up support of $6000 per annum for PhD students with APAs or international scholarships.

UNSW Physics Honours students can also undertake research projects in our group - details on projects currently on offer can be found to here.






Exoplanetary Science at UNSW Publications


Exoplanetary Science at UNSW Funding


Exoplanetary Science at UNSW Students

  1. BulletPhD Projects

  2. BulletHonours Projects

  3. BulletVacation Scholarships



Exoplanetary Science at UNSW People

  1. BulletProfessor Chris Tinney - UNSW ResearchGate page,  Personal page and PHYS2160 (2013) page

  2. BulletDr Rob Wittenmyer (Lecturer)

  3. BulletDr Jade Carter-Bond (Research Associate)

  4. BulletDr Duncan Wright (Research Associate)

  5. BulletDr Jonty Marshall (VC Research Fellow)

  6. BulletMr Brett Addison (PhD student)

  7. BulletMs Daniela Opitz (PhD student)

  8. BulletMr Matthew Davie (PhD student)

  9. BulletMr Ian Morrisson (PhD student)


Former Exoplanetary Science members

  1. BulletDr Stephen Parker (completed PhD in 2013)

  2. BulletDr Jonti Horner (now at USQ)

  3. BulletDr Graeme Salter (now at Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille)





Contact details

  1. Prof. Chris Tinney

  2. School of Physics

  3. University of NSW. 2052

  4. Australia

  5. Ph: +61 2 9385 5168

  6. Fax: +61 2 9385 6060

  7. c dot tinney at unsw dot edu dot au





Australian Center for Astrobiology
- members in Astrophysics

  1. BulletProfessor Chris Tinney (Deputy Director)

  2. BulletMr Brett Addisson

  3. BulletA/Professor Jeremy Bailey

  4. BulletProfessor John Webb

  5. BulletProfessor Michael Burton

  6. BulletDr Maria Cunningham

  7. BulletDr Lucyna Kedziora-Chudzer

  8. BulletDr Jonti Horner

  9. BulletDr Duncan Wright

  10. BulletDr Graeme Salter


Exoplanetary Science at UNSW Links

  1. Anglo-Australian Planet Search (AAPS)

  2. Australian Centre for Astrobiology

  3. UNSW Astrophysics

  4. UNSW Physics


Miscellaneous links

  1. BulletSeen something weird in the sky? Want to know what's happening this month? Then visit Sydney Observatory's very cool blog.

  2. BulletDetailed analysis of AAO CCD non-linearity released.

  3. BulletCorrecting the SOFI shade

  4. BulletBefore moving to UNSW I was at the AAO for 12 years & was responsible at various times for IRIS2, WFI, UCLES, and the EEV & MITLL CCDs.







This page last updated 30 June 2014


 




Finding Us


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News


  1. Top-up scholarships of $6000 per annum are available for PhD students working in our group




  1. Bullet21 June 2014 - Dr Rob Wittenmyer and team have announced the discovery of GJ832c - a habitable zone planet just 16 light years away. By some measures of habitability, this is the third most similar planet currently known to the Earth. See also the UNSW Newsroom release.

  2. BulletThe Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Competition is taking place on August 9. Come along and see some of the research leaders of the future strut their stuff.

  3. Bullet5 June 2014 - Life in the Bear-pit: Being on a Grant Panel. A role-playing exercise for the Postdoctoral academy at UNSW to give early-career researchers a "gut feel" for the difficulties of assessing grants.

  4. Bullet2 May 2014 - Chris Tinney discusses the incredible discovery of the fourth closest stellar system to our Sun - the ~250K Y dwarf W0855.

  5. Bullet28 Aug 2013 - ABC Online and ABC's StarStuff cover Brett Addison's WASP79b polar orbit result.

  6. Bullet8 August  2013 - The first FunnelWeb Workshop was held at UNSW

  7. Bullet11 July 2013 - Kepler has one last chance for life after its 2nd reaction wheel died. Chris Tinney comments in The Conversation.

  8. Bullet1-2 July 2013 - The inaugural  Australian Astrobiology Workshop was held at UNSW.

  9. Bullet14 June 2013 - Science with Veloce Workshop

  10. See the News page for more details and an archive of older items.





Major Projects


  1. BulletThe
    Australian Centre for Astrobiology is a UNSW Centre, of which Chris Tinney
    is a Co-Director.

  2. BulletFunnelWeb - a major survey of all the bright stars in the southern sky.
    Starting in 2016, we will implement the "HD catalogue for the 21st century", identifying young stars for exoplanet imaging and providing an input catalogue for the NASA TESS mission.

  3. BulletVeloce -
    a next-generation fibre-IFU-fed precision Doppler spectrograph for the AAT.

  4. BulletAnglo-Australian Planet Search (AAPS) - searching m
    ore than 200 nearby stars for planets - and finding more than 40 of them!

  5. BulletCYCLOPS - a new model for fibre injection of an echelle spectrograph, enabling precision velocities for fainter stars.


  6. BulletPlanet Search with Gemini NICI - a Gemini program to image AAPS stars that we know have long-period companions, so that we can find out if they are massive, very-long-period brown dwarfs, or undetectable shorter-period planets.

  7. BulletPan-Pacific Planet Search - a search for giant planets orbiting sub-giant stars

  8. BulletA Habitable-zone M-dwarf Planet Search using the AAT.

  9. BulletNPARSEC - an ESO Large Programme to measure parallax distances for 60 T-type brown dwarfs at the New Technology Telescope over the next three years.

  10. BulletMining the southern sky for Y dwarfs - Exoplanetary Science at UNSW group members are collaborating with the NASA WISE Brown Dwarf Science team on the follow-up of all the T- and Y-type brown dwarfs in WISE's all-sky survey database.

  11. BulletAST3 Exoplanet Working Group