I'm a third-year PhD student at Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy. I am currently investigating the effect of Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton - like accretion on binary stars. I'm also working on adapting Rob Izzard's binary_c code to simulate triple stellar evolution.

Research

  • Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton Accretion

    Can binary stars substantially accrete material in a Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton type flow?

    How does this affect the binary star's evolution and orbit?

    Can this explain some stars' pecular elemental abundances?

  • Binary and triple stars

    How can we simulate evolution of triple stars quickly and efficiently?

    How can a triple companion affect the evolution of the other stars?

Outreach

I am heavily involved in the IoA's public outreach programme, consisting of regular open evenings, as well as less frequent events, such as the annual open day.

I am developing a simple graphical user interface for binary_c. This is currently used at outreach events, but I hope to make it available for download soon. If you don't mind being a guinea pig, you can download here.

I have also designed a Stellarium landscape for the IoA's 16 inch telescope - download here.