Simon O'Toole's home page
I am the Australian Deputy Gemini Scientist currently working at the
Australian Astronomical Observatory as
part of the Australian Gemini
Office. In particular, I support
Multi-Object Spectrographs (GMOS) on two 8.2 Gemini telescopes.
|Phone||: ||+61 (0)2 9372 4856|
|Email||: ||otoole at aao.gov.au|
|Mail address||: ||PO Box 296|
|Epping NSW 1710|
My two main research interests are the detection of extra-solar
planets and the investigation of hot subdwarfs and pre-white dwarfs. I'm also
interested in the intersection of these two fields. You can find my published research papers here.
Click HERE for more details of my research.
In 2010 high school classes in Australia have a chance to use an hour
of observing time on one of the world's largest optical telescopes,
the 8-metre Gemini South telescope in the Andes Mountains of Chile.
How? By picking an object in the Southern sky and writing a winning
explanation of why it would be interesting to digitally
photograph. More information
can be found here. You can also join our Facebook group!
I am a member of
Anglo-Australian Planet Search team. We are using
College London Echelle Spectrograph (UCLES) on the AAT with an
iodine cell to obtain high-precision radial velocities of around 250
nearby Sun-like stars.
project is searching for circumbinary (or "P-type") planets
using the eclipse timing method. SPADES is jointly run through the
AAO and Variable Stars
South by me and Tom Richards, and we are encouraging amateur
astronomers to get involved. We also hope to link with university
undergraduate programs around the world with access to small
telescopes. I also have a local webpage which can be
found here; the page is under
construction, but has basic information and links to some useful papers.
The MUCHFUSS project
I am also involved in the search for substellar
companions to Horizontal Branch stars using the radial velocity
method; this is part of the MUCHFUSS project being run by Stephan
Remeis-Sternwarte in Bamberg, which is part of the University
of Erlangen-Nürnberg. We have been using the AAT with UCLES and
CYCLOPS as part of the search.
Finally, I am a member of the Kepler Asteroseismic Science
Consortium. The consortium members use data taken by
the Kepler spacecraft to
investigate the interiors of stars using
asteroseismology. Specifically I am interested in oscillations in hot
subdwarf stars, as well as ensemble properties of solar-like
stars. The latter project forms part
White's PhD project at the University of Sydney. I am
with Professor Tim
Dennis Stello, both at Sydney.
Some work-related links
Some links (but not many!):
The Sydney Morning Herald
This page is always under construction!