How do planets form? Is the Solar System a ``special'' place to live in the Galaxy, or is it a typical bunch of planets around an uninteresting star? What are the processes that govern how (roughly solar-type) stars are born and die? These are some of the questions that drive my day-to-day research in astrophysics, and they are the questions that drive my adventures in astronomical instrumentation.
Main Research Topics
- Interferometer design and optimisation, especially as project architect for the Planet Formation Imager project.
- Understanding how protoplanetary disks evolve to form both terrestrial and giant planets
- Galactic archaeology including cluster and young association formation using well calibrated stellar spectra and kinematics.
- Large telescope instrumentation, including high spectral (echelle) and spatial resolution (adaptive optics) instruments.