|Deadline: 4 May 2022
||Open PostDoc position
|| Advertisement for an
ERC-funded postdoc position on Instrument Control Software & Data Analysis.
|25 April 2022
||Our conference The Sharpest Eyes on the Sky 2022 (including CHARA/VLTI meeting) kicks off with 45 in-person and about 100 registered online participants.
|11 March 2022
||Obituary: Dr. Matthew Willson
||Obituary has been published in A&G
|25 March 2022
||Visitor instrument for VLTI
||The science whitepaper for our BIFROST instrument and for other instruments in the Asgard Suite has been submitted to ESO
|24 January 2022
||In Memoriam: Dr. Matthew Willson
||It is with great sadness that we learned about the passing of our friend and Exeter graduate Matthew Willson. See here an In Memoriam
|20 October 2021
||Interferometry Instrumentation Lab
||Refurbishment project of the new clean-room instrumentation lab in the Physics Building G21 begins.
|20 September 2021
||New group members
||We welcome our new PhD students Isabelle Codron and Yi Lu to the group.
|9 July 2021
||Aaron Labdon PhD viva
||Congratulations to Aaron Labdon on his successful PhD viva.
|25 March 2021
||VLTI Expertise Centre
|| We are happy to be part of Europe's largest astronomy network
|9 December 2020
||ERC grant awarded
ERC Consolidator Grant project GAIA-BIFROST will allow us to explore the origin of diversity of star and planetary systems.
|29 September 2020
||GW Orionis visualisation that we worked on with ESO is featured as
Astronomy Picture of the Day
|14 September 2020
||Star Formation Newsletter article
||Review paper, outlining the prospect for using GW Ori as benchmark for disk hydrodynamic studies:
Star Formation Newsletter issue 333
|3 September 2020
||Paper highlight: Disk tearing in GW Ori
||Multi-wavelength study on GW Orionis published at Science magazine, featuring first MIRC-X YSO observations. A triple star system with a misaligned and warped circumstellar disk shaped by disk tearing. Open-access version is available here. For visualisation that help to understand the complex 3-dimensional geometry, see the ESO Press Release. An Augmented-Reality representation of our model can be found in the NRAO Press Release, allowing you to project the derived 3-dimensional geometry of the GW Orionis system into the real world.
|15 August 2020
||Tentative new dates for Exeter conference
||The tentative new date for the Exeter Sharpest Eyes on the Sky conferences that will bring the CHARA and VLTI community together, is 2021 April 12-16.
|23 July 2020
||MIRC-X instrument paper
||Instrument paper on our 6-telescope imager at CHARA; Anugu et al., AJ:
MIRC-X: a highly-sensitive six telescope interferometric imager at the CHARA Array
|29 June 2020
||Paper highlight: Spin-orbit alignment in Beta Pictoris
||Kraus et al., ApJ: Spin-Orbit Alignment of the Beta Pictoris Planetary System.
AAS Nova: Alignment of a Star and a Planet;
Centauri Dreams: Spin-Orbit Alignment: A Lesson from Beta Pictoris?;
Press Release Exeter
|14 May 2020
||Paper highlight: Radiative transfer modeling of inner rim shape of RY Tau
||Davies et al., ApJ:
The Inner Disk of RY Tau: Evidence of Stellar Occultation by the Disk Atmosphere at the Sublimation Rim from K-band Continuum Interferometry
|11 March 2020
||Exeter VLTI/CHARA meeting postponed
||The meeting has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The new date for 2021 will be announced at the 'Sharpest Eyes' conference website
|21 October 2019
||Edward Hone viva
||Successful defense of Edward Hone's thesis 'Resolving the gas distribution and kinematics in the inner regions of protoplanetary disks'. Congrats and well done!
|20 June 2019
||BIFROST instrument concept
||Science cases and instrument concept presented at ESO's 'VLT in 2030' conference:
Star Formation & Fundamental Stellar Astrophysics with VLTI at 1 micrometer
|28 May 2019
||Paper highlight: Radiative transfer modelling of dusty disk
||Labdon et al., A&A:
Dusty disk winds at the sublimation rim of the highly inclined, low mass young stellar object SU Aurigae
|12 September 2018
||MIRC-X Phase 2 commissioning
||First Light of MIRC-X with new beam combination scheme
|6 September 2018
||Paper highlight: Gas dynamics in the disc wind of MWC297
||Hone et al., A&A. Detailed gas kinematics study and first velocity-resolved infrared interferometric image of a young star:
Gas dynamics in the inner few AU around the Herbig B[e] star MWC297
Indications of a disk wind from kinematic modeling and velocity-resolved interferometric imaging
|6 March 2018
||Paper highlight: Quantum-heated particles inside the disk cavity of MWC614
||Kluska et al., ApJ.
A Multi-instrument and Multi-wavelength High Angular Resolution Study of MWC 614: Quantum Heated Particles Inside the Disk Cavity
|18 October 2017
||Industrial partner FLI
||Our industrial partner "First Light Imaging" released a press release about our MIRC-X instrument, which brings their new C-RED One camera for the first time on-sky:
|11 October 2017
||Paper highlight: Dust trapping in V1247 Orionis
||Kraus et al., ApJL.
Dust-trapping Vortices and a Potentially Planet-triggered Spiral Wake in the Pre-transitional Disk of V1247 Orionis. Press features: ESO Picture of the Week;
ALMA Image Release;
Exeter Press Release;
AAS Nova: Trapping Dust to Form Planets;
Nature Astronomy research highlight: Dust devils in the details
|10 July 2017
||MIRC-X detector commissioning
||Avalanche photodiode-based detector has been successfully commissioned at CHARA.
|6 July 2017
||Matthew Willson viva
||Successful defense of Matthew Willson's thesis 'Observing the On-going Formation of Planets and its Effects on Their Parent Discs'. Congratulations!
|16 January 2017
||Paper highlight: Dynamical Processes in High-Mass Star Formation
||Kraus et al. ApJL.
A High-mass Protobinary System with Spatially Resolved Circumstellar Accretion Disks and Circumbinary Disk. Press features:
AAS Nova: Resolving the Birth of High-mass Binary Stars;
VLTI Imaging of a High-Mass Protobinary System: Unveiling the Dynamical Processes in High-Mass Star Formation