Institute of Astronomy

Dr George Hawker


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My research interests lie in exoplanets, particularly the telescopes, instruments and techniques required to characterise their atmospheres. My main  work is on prototyping the self-aligning optics required for SUPERSHARP: an unfolding space telescope design developed by my supervisor Dr Ian Parry.

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Selected papers

Evidence for Multiple Molecular Species in the Hot Jupiter HD 209458b (2018, Astrophysical Journal Letters)

On the robustness of analysis techniques for molecular detections using high resolution exoplanet spectroscopy (2018, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society)


2017 - Present: PhD in Astronomy (IoA, Cambridge)

Supervisors: Dr Ian Parry and Dr. Nikku Madhusudhan

2016/17: MSci Astrophysics Student (IoA, Cambridge)

Project: Detecting O2 in Proxima b with E-ELT using HDS + HCI.

Supervisor: Dr Ian Parry

Summer 2016: IoP Studentship (Cavendish, Cambridge)

Project: Simulating Quantum Telescopes using optical amplification.

Supervisor: Dr Aglae Kellerer



MSci. Astrophysics University of Cambridge (2016 -2017)

BA Natural Sciences University of Cambridge (2013 - 2016)

Awards and Prizes

Institute of Astronomy Prize (2017)

Peterhouse Tait Physics Prize  and Danny Taylor Natural Sciences Scholarship (2016)


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