School of Physics and Astronomy

QMUL undergraduate co-authors astronomy research paper

Congratulations to QMUL undergraduate Arianna Albayati who is one of the authors of a research paper accepted for publication in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

27 August 2018

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Arianna, who is about to begin her fourth year on the MSci Astrophysics course in QMUL’s School of Physics and Astronomy, spent the summer of last year working in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton. There she worked with Dr Diego Altamirano, looking at the X-ray emission from a binary neutron star known as the “Bursting Pulsar”. Arianna’s contribution to the research was to examine the light curves of the object, properly called GRO J1744–28, to categorise the sudden increases in X-ray luminosity known as Type II X-ray Bursts. In the course of this work, she identified a previously unreported burst pattern called “Structured Bursts”.

Arianna has been interested in this field of high-energy astrophysics since she was in school, and looks forward to carrying on in research after she finishes her MSci degree.