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Twinkle community workshop at the Royal Astronomical Society

Friday, 6 February 2015 from 11:00 to 16:30 (GMT)

Twinkle community workshop at the Royal Astronomical So...

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You are kindly invited to attend the first Twinkle community workshop, which will be held at the Royal Astronomical Society on February 6 2015. Attendance to the event is free.

With Twinkle, we aim to build and launch within the next 3 to 4 years a small and cost-effective UK built spacecraft into low-Earth orbit, dedicated to the observation of exoplanet atmospheres. This ambitious project is achievable by working together with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) and reusing an existing platform.


The planets observable with Twinkle will span a range of masses, stellar companions and temperatures. Twinkle will investigate their composition and chemical/physical properties through repeated, simultaneous, multi-wavelength spectroscopic observations.


This first community workshop will provide an overview of the Twinkle science case and the Twinkle instrument design, and will feature discussions outlining the possibilities for contributions. It will also be an opportunity to get on board and join a growing list of partner institutions.


This is our agenda for the day:

(coffee will be served 10.30-11.00 in the council room)

11.00: Twinkle overview – chair: John Zarnecki, International Space Science Institute

  • Welcome and logistics – Jonathan Tennyson FRS, UCL – 5m
  • Twinkle science - Giovanna Tinetti, UCL – 20m
  • Platform - Susan Jason, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd – 15m
  • Payload overview – Giorgio Savini, UCL – 10m
  • Payload Consortium – 20m

William Taylor, UK ATC

Paul Eccleston, RAL Space

Berend Winter, UCL-MSSL

Enzo Pascale, Cardiff University

  • Programmatic overview - Marcell Tessenyi, UCL – 10m
  • Twinkle and education – Clara Sousa Silva, UCL/Goldman Sachs – 10m


12.30:  Lunch (served in the Council Room)


13.30:  Twinkle science & working groups: opportunities for contributions


13.45:  Contributed science talks – session chair: Giovanna Tinetti

Targets from NGTS, the Next Generation Transit Survey

Matt Burleigh, University of Leicester

Targets from WASP

Oliver Turner, Keele University

M-dwarf targets for Twinkle

David Pinfield, University of Hertfordshire

The mass-radius-composition relationship for rocky bodies with Twinkle

Carole Haswell, Open University

Observation of solar system bodies with Twinkle

Pat Irwin, Oxford University


14.45:  Coffee break (Council Room)


15.15:  Contributed science talks – session chair: Enzo Pascale

Data analysis techniques for exoplanet spectroscopy

Ingo Waldmann, UCL

ExoMol: Molecular line lists for exoplanet and other hot atmospheres

Sergey Yurchenko, UCL

Spectral retrieval for exoplanet atmospheres with Nemesis

Jo Barstow, University of Oxford

Optimal resolution and signal-to-noise for Twinkle spectra

Marco Rochetto, UCL

Monitoring exoplanet weather with Twinkle

James Cho, QMUL


16.15-17.00:  Discussion and wrap up – led by: Jonathan Tennyson

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When & Where

The Royal Astronomical Society
W1J 0BQ London
United Kingdom

Friday, 6 February 2015 from 11:00 to 16:30 (GMT)

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