The most recent Group Photo is here.
Jonathan is founder and principal investigator of the ExoMol projects. He has been at UCL since 1985 as "New Blood" Lecturer and by 2011 was Head of Department. In the interim period his group started computing molecular line lists at the rate of about one every 3 years. In 2011 he stepped down from Head of Department to lead the ExoMol project.
Katy has been a PhD student with the ExoMol group since September 2014. She has a background in astrophysics where she gained an interest in quantum mechanics. She is working towards a hot linelist for acetylene for use in characterising exoplanet and cool star atmospheres and is interested in the singularities relating to linear molecules. She is also currently working with the Twinkle team on the ORBYTS project and the Mayors Fund for London Astronomy Club.
Andrey was a postdoc with the ExoMol group since April 2013. His background is in molecular physics, theoretical chemistry and spectroscopy. His role in the ExoMol project has been to develop the variational methodology employed in the computer program TROVE to improve the computational performance in applications to polyatomic molecules, beyond four-atomics, and for calculations of high-energy spectra.
He has been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship in 2014 for the project RichMol, aimed at the development of new theoretical and computational methods for comprehensive modelling of the rovibrational dynamics of polyatomic molecules in the presence of external electric (laser) fields.
He is currently a theory team leader in the experimental group of Jochen Kuepper at Center for Free-Electron laser Science at DESY
Clara is a molecular astrophysicist at UCL and a science teacher as part of the Researchers in Schools (RIS) initiative. For her her PhD, Clara simulated the spectra of the phosphine molecule so it could be detected on alien atmospheres. Alongside her research where she searches for new habitable planets, Clara works as an advocate for encouraging more girls into STEM fields. With the support of Goldman Sachs, RIS and UCL, she is responsible for the educational programme for the Twinkle space mission, EduTwinkle. Most recently, Clara has set up ORBYTS (Original Research By Young Twinkle Students). She has spoken, taught and researched at many institutions including the Josef Stephan’s Institute, the ULO Observatory, Downing St, Edinburgh University and MIT.
Emma is a third year PhD student. Her work includes calculation of diatomic line lists (SiO, NaCl, KCl and contribution to CS), analysis of FTIR absorption spectra (NH3, CH4) and computation of pressure broadened cross-sections from the ExoMol line lists. The cross-sections are intended for implementation in Tau-REx, a new spectral retrieval code from the Exoplanet group at UCL.