I am a PhD student at the University of Southampton working with Dr Tony Bird as part of the INTEGRAL group. I graduated from the University of Warwick in 2013 with a joint honours Masters in Mathematics and Physics. For my Master's project, I worked with Prof. Tom Marsh trying to theoretically model cooling flows in accreting white dwarf binaries.
My PhD involves studying a class of High Mass X-Ray Binaries called Supergiant Fast X-Ray Transients. These are typically a neutron star and a supergiant companion star with about 20 times the mass of the Sun.
The neutron star lives in the extreme stellar wind of the massive companion and material from this wind eventually is pulled on to the neutron star, causing intense flashes of X-rays. These flashes last from a few minutes to a few hours and are detected by X-ray telescopes in orbit. Observations of these systems with space based telescopes allow us to deduce properties of the systems. My work is based around the use of the INTEGRAL space telescope along with XMM-Newton and Swift to understand the nature of these systems.
More generally, I am interested in accretion physics in compact object binaries.