Observational Astrophysics Members

Prof. Paul Callanan

Prof. Paul Callanan, group leader. He makes sure everyone below is hard at work.

Owen McConnell

Owen is a PhD student within the group. The focus of his thesis is mass determinations of compact objects in low mass x-ray binaries. Now nearing the end of his studies, this photo of Owen is the last known occurence of him smiling.


Mark Kennedy

Mark is a Naughton Fellow, splitting his time between University College Cork and the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. His main work focuses on unusual binary star systems. When not in the lab, he can be found running around the corridors of the Kane screaming “isn’t physics great?” at the undergrads.


Personal website: http://mkenne15.github.io/

Simon Henleywillis

Simon is a former MSc student of the group. The focus of his research was the analysis of new deep X-ray observations of globular cluster Omega Centauri with the aim of completing a census of CV systems in the cluster. He is currently carrying out additional research within the group post-graduation. For 2 years in a row, he has been voted “most likely to succeed Owen as the grump of the office”.


Personal website: http://simonhw.github.io/

Selma Bouanane

Selma is a Master’s student and the newest addition to the group. Her work is based around binary systems in the globular cluster 47 Tucanae.


Mark Leddy

Mark is a 4th year student working on studying the light curves of intermediate polars taken using the Kepler space telescope during the K2 mission

David Ahern

David is a 4th year student working on studying the outburst light curves of dwarf novae taken using the Kepler space telescope during the K2 mission

Former Members:

Dan Hurley

Liam O’Shaughnessy

Adam Moss

Dr. Anna Hourihane

Dr. Patrick Elebert

Dr. Mark Reynolds

Francis O’Donovan

Manuel Perez-Torres

Peter Curran

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