Patrick Irwin

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Patrick Irwin

Professor of Planetary Physics

I'm a University Lecturer in this department, working on remote sensing of planetary atmospheres. I have been a co-investigator on a number of spacecraft missions, such as Cassini/CIRS, Venus Express/VIRTIS and Rosetta/VIRTIS and I'm also involved with ground-based observations of the giant planets with telescopes such as IRTF, Gemini, UKIRT and VLT. My main research interests at present are the study of the gas giants, especially the ice giants (Uranus and Neptune) and also exoplanets.

For further details please visit my website here .

When I'm not researching, I am a physics tutor at St Anne's College .

I am a Tutorial Fellow at St Anne's College and curently teach: 1st yr: Maths; 2nd Yr: Electromagnetism and Optics. I am also the supervisor of a number of D.Phil. students.

I have over 20 years experience in remote sensing of planetary atmospheres from satellite observations and more recently ground-based observations. My main research interests are 1) Radiative transfer modelling of the planetary atmospheres using thermal emission and scattering models and 2) Development and application of multivariate retrieval methods. I was a member of the Galileo Near Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (NIMS) science team and a Co-Investigator of Cassini Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS). I am also a Co-Investigator of the Visible Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer (VIRTIS) on ESA ROSETTA and Venus Express missions, and was a Consultant Scientist to the Long Wave Spectrometer team of the Infrared Space Observatory. I have been involved with several ground-based observation campaigns using UKIRT, Gemini and VLT and I am the principal author or co-author of over 100 papers published, or in press, in the open literature.

Most recently I have been working with several colleagues on reanalysing phase curve observations of WASP-43b using a novel 2.5-D retrieval model. We have just submitted a paper to the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and the ArXiv version of our submitted paper is here . Some more details of the process can be found on my research web pages here .