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Detecting Exoplanets - Other Worlds Beyond Our Solar System

A giant gas orbits two red dwarf stars in the system OGLE 2007 BLG 349

Speaker: Dr Annelies Mortier MMath MSci PhD FRAS, Assistant Professor in Astrophysics, University of Birmingham

Dr Annelies Mortier will talk about her works on several projects related to exoplanets and their host stars, determining stellar parameters and chemical abundances, battling and understanding stellar activity, characterising planets via radial velocities, and studying the Sun-as-a-star.

Lectures are free and open to the public. Light refreshments (drinks and biscuits) are provided. They take place in the Poynting Large Lecture Theatre on the 2nd floor of the Poynting Physics Building, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT. This is building R13 on the campus map here:

Doors to the Large Lecture Theatre will be open from 7pm. The talk begins at 7.30pm.

Car parking on campus is usually available and free after 6pm. There is a railway station on campus called ‘University’ – connections to Birmingham New Street and the cross city line are approx. every 10 minutes. Further travel info is here:

About the Speaker

Dr Mortier is an observational astronomer playing with stars and exoplanets and works on the detection and characterisation of (small) exoplanets, currently mostly using the HARPS-N spectrograph and preparing to use the HARPS3 spectrograph. She studies the link between planetary and stellar parameters, focusing mainly on chemical composition. Annelies also studies the Sun-as-a-star to understand the processes behind stellar variability and their effect on radial velocity. When she is not playing with the stars or Sun on her computer, she goes to observe them in La Palma or Chile.