- Original Research by Young Twinkle Students (Orbyts): Ephemeris Refinement of Transiting Exoplanets II
- Opening pupils’ eyes to the Sun
- A Multi-Annotator Survey of Sub-km Craters on Mars
- Temporal and Spectral Studies by XMM‐Newton of Jupiter’s X‐ray Auroras During a Compression Event
- Original Research By Young Twinkle Students (ORBYTS): Ephemeris Refinement of Transiting Exoplanets
- Observations of CH3OH and CH3CHO in a Sample of Protostellar Outflow Sources
- MARVEL analysis of the measured high-resolution spectra of NH
- MARVEL analysis of the measured high-resolution rovibrational spectra of C2H2
- MARVEL analysis of the measured high-resolution rovibronic spectra of 90Zr16O
- Marvel analysis of the measured high-resolution rovibrational spectra of H232S
- MARVEL Analysis of the Measured High-resolution Rovibronic Spectra of 48Ti16O
- MARVEL analysis of the measured high-resolution spectra of 48Ti16O
- Original Research By Young Twinkle Students (ORBYTS): when can students start performing original research?
As part of the Measured Active Rotational-Vibrational Energy Levels project pupils are assigned a molecule relevant to exoplanet atmospheres (acetylene, titanium oxide, methane). After locating, collating and formating a lot of experimental spectroscopic data, they use software to obtain accurate experimental energy levels. This is essential research that will help the Twinkle mission to detect these molecules in the atmospheres of exoplanets.
Pupils work on updating the highly cited 1979 Huber & Herzberg database on the spectroscopic constants (rotational constants, equilibrium bond lengths, vibrational frequencies etc) of diatomic molecules by undertaking a literature search to find any experimental results containing updated constants. As well as being relevant for exoplanets and astrophysics, this data has wide applications in diverse fields (e.g. environmental studies, industrial processes, cold molecules and quantum computers).
Pupils carry out background research about observing exoplanets and undertake a literature review on exoplanets from the list of Twinkle’s potential targets. They work with training datasets from archives to practice analysing lightcurves and, finally, schedule observations of upcoming transits with robotic telescopes/partner observatories and analyse the data.