I am a Royal Society University Research Fellow studying planet formation and the 'protoplanetary' discs in which the planets form. I build theory and computer models to explain the physics involved. Previously, I was a post-doc at Imperial and, before that, at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge.
One of the biggest mysteries today is how solids grow from the micron sizes seen in the interstellar medium to become fully-formed planets. This field is currently undergoing an observational revolution driven by the arrival of the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), which is probing the gas and solids in protoplanetary discs with unprecedented resolution and sensitivity. This is set to continue in the near future with the arrival of the James Webb Space Telescope and the Extremely Large Telescopes. The challenge today is to understand what these exquisite observations can tell us about the physics of planet formation.
Booth RA, Owen JE, Schulik M, 2023, Dust formation in the outflows of catastrophically evaporating planets, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol:518, ISSN:0035-8711, Pages:1761-1775
et al., 2022, Unveiling the outer dust disc of TW Hya with deep ALMA observations, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, Vol:515, ISSN:1745-3925, Pages:L23-L28
Schulik M, Booth R, 2022, Aiolos- A multi-purpose 1-D hydrodynamics code for planetary atmospheres
et al., 2022, Superresolution trends in the ALMA Taurus survey: structured inner discs and compact discs, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol:514, ISSN:0035-8711, Pages:6053-6073
et al., 2022, Inward and outward migration of massive planets: moving towards a stalling radius, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol:514, ISSN:0035-8711, Pages:5478-5492