Dr. Daniel Martyn BramichSenior Scientist | Special Projects
Dr. Bramich’ interests is on: the search for extra-solar planets (i.e. planets around other stars); monitoring of the brightness of stars over a months at a time in order to detect the few planets that eclipse their host stars as seen from Earth; follow-up spectroscopic observations for planetary nature; expansion to three longitudinally complimentary sites around the globe to provide 24 hour coverage and improve detection efficiencies.
- PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics from St Andrews University, Scotland, UK. 2004
- BA degree in Maths & Theoretical Astrophysics from Christ's College, Cambridge University, UK. 2000
Dr. Bramich served in a post-doc position at St Andrews University, Liverpool John Moores University and Cambridge University from 2004 to 2007. Afterwards he worked as support astronomer at the Isaac Newton Group on La Palma in the Canary Islands, Spain from 2007 to 2009 and as faculty astronomer at the European Southern Observatory in Munich, Germany from 2009 to 2013. He worked on detecting and characterizing extra-solar planets via the transit and microlensing techniques. For variable stars, Daniel Bramich concentrated on their detection and characterization in globular clusters, in order to measure their host cluster properties. In terms of algorithms in astronomy, he developed a new and powerful approach to difference image analysis.
- Bramich et al. 2004, “Transiting Extra-Solar Planets In The Field Of Open Cluster NGC 7789" PhD thesis
- Beaulieu et al. 2006. “Discovery of a cool planet of 5.5 Earth masses through gravitational microlensing“, Nature, 439, 437
- Bramich et al. 2011 “CCD time-series photometry of the globular cluster NGC 6981: variable star census and physical parameter estimates“, MNRAS, 413, 1275
- Bramich et al., 2013, “Difference image analysis: extension to a spatially varying photometric scale factor and other considerations” MNRAS, 428, 2275