Aarran Shaw
Postgraduate Researcher in Astrophysics

I am a final year PhD student in Astrophysics at the University of Southampton under the supervision of Prof. Phil Charles. I conduct the majority of my research into Low Mass X-ray Binaries - in particular, transient black hole systems. Studying such systems, both in outburst and quiescence, enables us to probe some of the most extreme regions in the Universe, allowing us to test theories of accretion, jet physics and strong gravity. It is through studying transients that we have been able to dynamically confirm the existence of stellar mass black holes.

My research requires me to reduce and analyse data from a wide variety of telescopes, ranging from space based X-ray observatories (XMM-Newton, NuSTAR, Swift), to ground based optical telescopes (WHT, SALT, SAAO). Using multi-wavelength observations allows us to study the various components of black hole systems in extraordinary detail.