RSAA Colloquia / Seminars / Feast-of-Facts: Friday, 01 February 2019, 14:00-14:30; CSO Common Room

Harrison Abbot

"Real time detection of shock physics in TESS (Thesis Proposal Talk)"

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is a new space telescope aimed at providing high cadence photometry of the local Universe. While it is primarily designed for the study of exoplanets, TESS will also provide the scientific community with a wealth of high-quality data through which stellar transients can be analysed. In this talk, I will present my proposed thesis work on the methods through which TESS can be used to study early phases of a supernova (SN), with an emphasis on type Ia SN and ’peculiar’ SN. I will then use this data to constrain SN progenitor systems, which has important implications for both stellar evolution and measurements of dark energy.