Dr Edward Gillen
Lecturer in Observations of Exoplanets and/or Protoplanetary Discs
I am a Lecturer and Winton Fellow at Queen Mary University of London. My research focuses on understanding the evolution, diversity and habitability of planetary systems, which I pursue using a variety of ground- and space-based observatories.
I completed my PhD at the University of Oxford in 2015, where I worked on young eclipsing binary stars and their environments in open clusters. Following my PhD, I moved into exoplanet research and took up a postdoctoral position in exoplanets at the University of Cambridge. In 2018, I was awarded a Winton Exoplanet Fellowship, which I also held at Cambridge. I moved to QMUL in May 2020 to join the Astronomy Unit as a lecturer.
My primary research interests focus on understanding the evolution, diversity and habitability of planetary systems. Within these overarching themes, some areas of particular interest include:
- Characterising transiting exoplanet systems at different ages throughout their lifetime. Young planets (i.e. those less than around a billion years old) are especially interesting, as they offer direct observational link between our theories of planet formation and the currently known, old, exoplanet population.
- Observationally calibrating stellar (and hence planetary) evolution theory using various complementary approaches:
- Characterising eclipsing binary stars, for which the stellar masses, radii and temperatures can be directly measured.
- Characterising stellar rotation and flare activity, which offer insight into the age-activity-rotation relation.
- Studying the star-disk interaction, which provides a window onto the final stages of star formation and the inner regions of protoplanetary disks.
- Assessing the potential habitability of exoplanet systems by characterising the high energy activity of low-mass stars.
I am currently supported by a Winton Exoplanet Fellowship.
My full publication list is available through the ADS, which can be viewed here.
- E. Gillen, L. A. Hillenbrand, J. Stauffer et al. (2020, MNRAS, 495, 1531). Mon-735: A new low-mass pre-main sequence eclipsing binary in NGC2264 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/staa1016
- J. McCormac, E. Gillen, J. Jackman et al. (2020, MNRAS, 493, 126). NGTS-10b: The shortest period hot Jupiter yet discovered DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/staa115
- E. Gillen, J. T. Briegal, S. T. Hodgkin et al. (2020, MNRAS, 492, 1008). NGTS clusters survey. I. Rotation in the young benchmark open cluster Blanco 1 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stz3251
- M. Lendl, F. Bouchy, S. Gill et al. (2020, MNRAS, 492, 1761). TOI-222: a single-transit TESS candidate revealed to be a 34-day eclipsing binary with CORALIE, EulerCam and NGTS DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stz3545
- M. Gunther, Z. Zhan, S. Seager et al. (2020, AJ, 159, 60). Stellar Flares from the First Tess Data Release: Exploring a New Sample of M-dwarfs DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/ab5d3a
- E. Gillen, P. B. Rimmer & D. C. Catling (2020, Icarus, 336, 13407). Statistical analysis of Curiosity data shows no evidence for a strong seasonal cycle of Martian methane DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2019.113407
- J. Costes, C. A. Watson, C. Belardi et al. (2020, MNRAS, 491, 2834). NGTS-8b and NGTS-9b: two non-in ated hot-Jupiters DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stz3140
- J. Jackman, P. J. Wheatley, D. Bayliss et al. (2019, MNRAS, 489, 5146). NGTS-7Ab: An ultra-short period brown dwarf transiting a tidally-locked and active M dwarf DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stz2496
- J. I. Vines; J. S. Jenkins; J. Acton et al. (2019, MNRAS, 489, 4125). NGTS-6b: An Ultra Hot-Jupiter Orbiting a Metal-rich star DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stz2349
- R. G. West, E. Gillen, D. Bayliss et al. (2019, MNRAS, 486, 5094). NGTS-4b: A sub-Neptune transiting in the desert DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stz1084
- P. Eigmuller, A. Chausev, E. Gillen et al. (2019, A&A, 625, 142). NGTS-5b: a highly in ated planet offering insights into the sub-Jovian desert DOI: https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201935206
- J. Jackman, P. J. Wheatley, C. Pugh et al. (2019, MNRAS, 482, 5553). Detection of a giant are displaying quasi-periodic pulsations from a pre-main-sequence M star by the Next Generation Transit Survey DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/sty3036
- T. J. David, L. A. Hillenbrand, E. Gillen et al. (2019, ApJ, 872, 161). Age Determination in Upper Scorpius with Eclipsing Binaries DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aafe09
- L. Raynard, M. Goad, E. Gillen et al. (2018, MNRAS, 481, 4960). NGTS-2b: an in ated hot-Jupiter transiting a bright F-dwarf DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/sty2581
- S. L. Casewell, L. Raynard. C. A. Watson, E. Gillen et al. (2018, MNRAS, 481, 1897). A low-mass eclipsing binary within the fully convective zone from the Next Generation Transit Survey DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/sty2183
- P. Rimmer, J. Xu, S. J. Thompson, E. Gillen et al. (2018, Sci Adv, 4, 3302) The Origin of RNA Precursors on Exoplanets DOI: https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aar3302
- M. Gunther, D. Queloz, E. Gillen et al. (2018, MNRAS, 478, 4720). Unmasking the hidden NGTS-3Ab: a hot Jupiter in an unresolved binary system DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/sty1193
- D. J. Armstrong, M. Gunther, J. McCormac et al. (2018, MNRAS, 478, 4225). Automatic vetting of planet candidates from ground-based surveys: machine learning with NGTS DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/sty1313
- J. Jackman, P. J. Wheatley, C. Pugh, B. Gansicke, E. Gillen et al. (2018, MNRAS, 477, 4655). Ground-based detection of G star super ares with NGTS DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/sty897
- P. J. Wheatley, R. G. West, M. R. Goad et al. (2018, MNRAS, 475, 4476). The Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stx2836
- D. Bayliss, E. Gillen, P. Eigmuller et al. (2018, MNRAS, 475, 4467). NGTS-1b: A hot jupiter transiting an M-dwarf DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stx2778
- E. Gillen, L. A. Hillenbrand, T. J. David et al. (2017, ApJ, 849, 11). New low-mass eclipsing binary systems in Praesepe discovered by K2 DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aa84b3
- M. Gunther, D. Queloz, E. Gillen et al. (2017, MNRAS, 472, 295). Centroid vetting of transiting planet candidates from the Next Generation Transit Survey DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stx1920
- J. Pepper, E. Gillen, H. Parviainen et al. (2017, AJ, 153, 177). A Low-Mass Exoplanet Candidate Detected By K2 Transiting the Praesepe M Dwarf JS 183 DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/aa62ab
- E. Gillen, S. Aigrain, C. Terquem et al. (2017, A&A, 599, 27). CoRoT 223992193: Investigating the variability in a low-mass, pre-main sequence eclipsing binary with evidence of a circumbinary disk DOI: https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201628483
- L. M. Rebull, J. R. Stauffer, J. Bouvier et al. (2016, AJ, 152, 113). Rotation in the Pleiades with K2. II. Multiperiod Stars DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3847/0004-6256/152/5/114
- L. M. Rebull, J. R. Stauffer, J. Bouvier et al. (2016, AJ, 152, 113). Rotation in the Pleiades with K2. I. Data and First Results DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3847/0004-6256/152/5/113
- B. O. Demory, D. Queloz, Y. Alibert, E. Gillen & M. Gillon. (2016, ApJ, 825, 25). Probing TRAPPIST-1-like Systems with K2 DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3847/2041-8205/825/2/L25
- J. Stauffer, A. Cody, L. Rebull et al. (2016, AJ, 151, 60). CSI 2264: Characterizing Young Stars in NGC 2264 with Stochastically Varying Light Curves DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3847/0004-6256/151/3/60
- T. J. David, J. Stauffer, L. A. Hillenbrand et al. (2015, ApJ, 814, 62). HII 2407: An Eclipsing Binary Revealed By K2 Observations of the Pleiades DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/814/1/62
- M. E. Lohr, A. J. Norton, E. Gillen et al. (2015, A&A, 578, 103). The doubly-eclipsing quintuple low-mass star system 1SWASP J093010.78+533859.5 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201525973
- J. Stauffer, A. Cody, P. McGinnis et al. (2015, AJ, 149, 130). CSI 2264: Characterising young stars in NGC2264 with short-duration, periodic dips in their light curves DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-6256/149/4/130
- E. Gillen, S. Aigrain, A. McQuillan et al. (2014, A&A, 562, A50). CoRoT 223992193: A new, low-mass, pre-main sequence eclipsing binary with evi- dence of a circumbinary disk DOI: https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201322493
- A. Cody, J. Stauffer, A. Baglin et al. (2014, AJ, 147, 82). CSI 2264: Simultaneous Optical and Infrared Light Curves of Young Disk-bearing Stars in NGC 2264 with CoRoT and Spitzer - Evidence for Multiple Origins of Vari- ability DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-6256/147/4/82