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Mr Sam Morrell



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I'm a first year postgraduate research student in the astrophysics group here at Exeter. I completed my MPhys in Physics with Astrophysics at Exeter in 2015. My work during this project involved the study of interstellar dust grains and their effect on observations of diffuse and dense regions of the galaxy. Through this study, we were able to develop an empirical extinction law that was properly able to Characterise previously anomalous extinction laws, such as that of Cep OB3b.

I'm currently undertaking a PhD under the supervision of Professor Tim Naylor. My project involves studies of planet forming stars. To accomplish this we are using photometric and spectroscopic data from large telescopes, as well as data from large ground- and space-based surveys, to study young, proto-planetary systems. The overarching aim of the project is to place robust observational constraints on planet formation theory.