The quest to uncover intricacies of the atmospheres of faraway planets has reached an important milestone.
Astronomers from the University of Exeter have led the effort to capture the first-ever direct image of an exoplanet using the pioneering James Webb Space Telescope.
The quest to unravel the mystery behind the formation of the first quasars in the early universe has taken a significant step forward.
Undergraduate student Amelia Toghill, a third-year physics student at Exeter, has published a scientific paper following an internship in the summer of 2021.
Scientists have made a pivotal new breakthrough in the quest to control light to evolve the next generation of quantum sensing and computing.
The quest to solve some of the most crucial mysteries surrounding the atmospheres of planets far outsider the solar system has taken a significant step forward
Scientists have explored the nightside hemisphere of an enormous planet, far outside our solar system for the first time – revealing metal clouds and rain made of liquid gems.
University of Exeter scientists have discovered new information about the tiny propellers used by single-cell organisms called archaea.
The University of Exeter has received a £1.8 million research grant for a collaboration with the National Science Foundation Industry-University Cooperative Research Center for Metamaterials (CfM)
Dr Sébastien R. Mouchet, from the University of Exeter, has co-authored a new book about biological photonic devices.
Scientists have unravelled a fascinating new insight into how the landscape of the dwarf-planet Pluto has formed.
Scientists have developed a new form of endoscope, just a hair’s width in diameter, that could transform 3D imaging for a wide range of applications from industrial inspection to environmental monitoring, and eventually make medical imaging less uncomfortable for patients.
The quest to deliver ultra-fast and energy efficient magnetic recording could be a step closer to fruition, due to pioneering new research on all-optical switching of magnetization.
Physicists from Exeter and Trondheim have developed a theory describing how space reflection and time reversal symmetries can be exploited, allowing for greater control of transport and correlations within quantum materials
Professor Frank Vollmer, from the University of Exeter, has been awarded the prestigious Rosalind Franklin Medal by the Institute of Physics.
One of the University of Exeter’s rising research stars has received a prestigious award from the Institute of Physics.
Physicists from Exeter and Zaragoza have created a theory describing how non-reciprocity can be induced at the quantum level, paving the way for non-reciprocal transport in the next generation of nanotechnology
The University of Exeter is investing £2. 5 million in preparing the next generation of researchers to tackle some of the biggest global issues of the 21st century.
Scientists have developed a new technique that could revolutionise medical imaging procedures using light.
The unique mechanical and optical properties found in the exoskeleton of a humble Asian beetle has the potential to offer a fascinating new insight into how to develop new, effective bio-inspired technologies.
The quest to discover what lay behind the “great dimming” of the aging star Betelgeuse, normally one of the brightest stars on the night sky, has taken a new, fascinating twist.
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Research project receives €6M to boost greener consumer products in Europe using innovative biotechnology
A pioneering, pan-European research project, designed to boost greener industrial processes for more sustainable daily consumer products like cosmetics or foods, has been launched.
New technology that will marry probes that can detect cancer tumours through the skin with high-precision robotic surgery is to be developed for use in hospital settings for the first time.
University of Exeter astrophysics student Mei Ting Mak has been awarded one of this year’s prestigious grants from the Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund.
Theoretical Physicists at the University of Exeter initiated and have led a major scientific network, bringing together researchers in Europe and the world, to uncover the laws of thermodynamics at the nanoscale.
Stars spin faster than expected as they age, according to a new study - which uses asteroseismology to shed new light on this emerging theory
The University of Exeter is joining Europe’s largest, ground-based astronomy collaborative network, it has been announced.
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Dr Alex Corbett has received a Royal Society Short Industry Fellowship to work with M Squared Life Limited.
Scientists have developed a pioneering new technique that could revolutionise the accuracy, precision and clarity of super-resolution imaging systems.
A team of scientists have solved the longstanding problem of how electrons move together as a group inside cylindrical nanoparticles.
Budding astronomers will be given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness a truly special celestial event in the run-in to Christmas.
One of the University of Exeter’s most distinguished astrophysics researchers has received a significant funding boost from the European Research Council (ERC), it has been announced.
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A team of University of Exeter students are using genetically engineered bacteria to produce a material that could help repair degraded coral reefs.
New technique could revolutionise accuracy and ease detection of biomechanical alterations of cells and tissues
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One of the University of Exeter’s most prominent astrophysics experts has received a prestigious national fellowship, it has been announced.
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A University of Exeter physicist has earned a University Research Fellowship (URF) from the Royal Society.
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Black Lives Matter: a message written by the Physics Inclusion Working Group.
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One million budding astronomers and space enthusiasts have taken a magical tour to explore the exotic worlds orbiting distant stars, through a stunning virtual reality documentary.
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The Department of Physics and Astronomy has been named a champion of gender equality as part of the Institute of Physics' Project Juno initiative.
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Scientists have used the subtle movements of a distant star to help discover a new exoplanet.
Gaia helps discover directly imaged planet undergoing nuclear fusion
Scientists have used the subtle movements of a distant star to help discover a new exoplanet – which is displaying signs of undergoing nuclear fusion in its core.
An international team of scientists, led by Professor Sasha Hinkley at the University of Exeter, have detected a new exoplanet orbiting the star HD206893 – found around 750 trillion miles from Earth, and about 30% larger than our own sun.
The researchers confirmed the distant planet using the Very Large Telescope’s GRAVITY instrument – which works by using optical interferometry to synchronize the VLT’s four main telescopes in order to perform as one much larger telescope.
This technique allows GRAVITY to measure the position of the planet in its orbit extremely precisely, as well as measure the spectrum of light being emitted from the planet’s atmosphere – further allowing astrophysicists to characterize its atmosphere.
The research team has used this technique to conclude that the newly-discovered planet clearly shows obvious ‘brightening’ - due to it undergoing nuclear fusion by burning Deuterium, or "heavy Hydrogen" in its core.
The discovery marks a breakthrough in the quest to discover new, distant worlds, as this is one of the first detections of a planet whose presence was partially inferred due to the astrometric motion of the host star as it moves across the sky.
The team believe that, with the ESA Gaia mission expected to point the way to numerous such exoplanets, many will be able to be characterized via direct imaging, as with this new discovery.
Professor Hinkley said: “The discovery of HD206893c is a really important moment for the study of exoplanets, as ours may be the first direct detection of a ‘Gaia exoplanet.’”
Scientists originally discovered a brown dwarf, known as HD206893B, orbiting the host star in 2017. However, long term monitoring by the ESO HARPS instrument, as well as precise measurements of the host star's proper motion by the Gaia mission, also hinted at the presence of an inner, lower mass, companion.
Using the GRAVITY instrument, scientists were able to show this companion was a new planet, called HD206893c, and orbiting around 300 million miles from its host star - roughly half way between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter in our own solar system - and with a mass greater than that of Jupiter.
The discovery provides concrete evidence that modern instruments are able to directly detect exoplanets on orbital scales that are similar to our own solar system.
Furthermore, as the planet straddles the deuterium-burning limit, commonly accepted to be around 13 Jupiter masses, it may help scientists clarify how they discriminate between objects to be a brown dwarf, or a bona fide extrasolar planet.
Professor Hinkley added: “This discovery is also very significant because it shows that we can now directly characterize the atmospheres of these exoplanets where we know from previous studies that they most commonly reside, at roughly two to four times our Earth/Sun distance.”
The research, titled Direct Discovery of the Inner Exoplanet in the HD206893 System,was accepted by the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics in October 2022. Professor Hinkley will present the findings at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) conference in Seattle on Tuesday, January 10th at 18.15pm (London Time).
Date: 10 January 2023