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Maximilian N. Günther

Maximilian N. Günther

PhD Student, Cavendish Astrophysics Group

Exoplanets

Room F07
Battcock Centre for Experimental Astrophysics,
Cavendish Laboratory,
JJ Thomson Avenue

Cambridge CB3 0HE
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 337364

Biography:

I'm an astrophysics PhD researcher hunting for new transiting exoplanets. Since 2014, I have been working in Professor Didier Queloz's group at the University of Cambridge's Exoplanet Research Centre. Whenever I am not searching for new worlds, I enjoy travelling and exploring our own Earth.

Following a thorough physics undergraduate education at the University of Würzburg, I focused on astrophysics for my Bachelor's Thesis in the multi-wavelength group of Professor Matthias Kadler. Subsequently, I went on to expand my horizon towards biophysics, and joined the group of Professor George Shubeita at the University of Austin at Texas. During my Master’s Thesis I developed a mathematical model furthering our understanding of animal models of genetic diseases like Alzheimer's and Fragile X. In my PhD, I finally combined the two the fields of astrophysics and biology. My research is focused on the Next Generation Transit Survey, a new ground-based array of telescopes on the hunt for Neptune-sized exoplanets.

Research Interests

Habitability & Origin of life
Transiting Exoplanets
Eclipsing Binaries
Bayesian Statistics
Machine Learning
Big Data

Key Publications

  • Günther, M.N. et al., 2017, Centroid vetting of transiting planet candidates from the Next Generation Transit Survey, MNRAS, 472 (1): 295-307
  • Günther, M.N. et al., 2017, A New Yield Simulator for Transiting Planets and False Positives: Application to the Next Generation Transit Survey, MNRAS, 465 (3): 3379-3389
  • Günther, M.N. et al., 2016, Quantifying and predicting Drosophila larvae crawling phenotypes, Nature Scientific Reports, 6: 27972

Other Publications

  • Jackman, J. et al. incl. Günther, M.N., Ground-based detection of G star superflares with NGTS, MNRAS, in press
  • Bayliss, D. et al. incl. Günther, M.N., 2017, NGTS-1b: a hot Jupiter transiting an M-dwarf, MNRAS, 475, 4467-4475
  • Wheatley, P. et al. incl. Günther, M.N., 2017, The Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), MNRAS, 475: 4476-4493
  • Gillen, E.* & Günther, M.N.*, Early science results from the Next Generation Transit Survey, EPSC Abstracts, 11: EPSC2017-669 (*both authors contributed equally)
  • West, R. et al. incl. Günther, M.N., 2016, The Next Generation Transit Survey Becomes Operational at Paranal, The Messenger, 165: 10-12
  • Demory, B.-O. et al. incl. Günther, M.N., 2015, Hubble Space Telescope search for the transit of the Earth-mass exoplanet Alpha Centauri B b, MNRAS, 450 (2): 2043-2051