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mw. dr. J.L. (Jayne) Birkby

Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica
Anton Pannekoek Institute of Astronomy
Fotograaf: Dirk Gillissen

  • Science Park 904
  • Kamernummer: C4.130
  • Postbus 94249
    1090 GE Amsterdam
  • Biography


    Jayne Birkby is an Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam. She obtained her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2012, where she studied the fundamental properties of cool stars, and hunted for exoplanets. She spent her first postdoc at Leiden University in the Netherlands characterizing exoplanet atmospheres, before becoming a NASA Sagan Fellow at Harvard University. She moved to the Anton Pannekoek Institute in summer 2017 to begin her professorship, where she and her group are working towards the detection of biosignatures on other worlds with the upcoming extremely large telescopes.

    Research and teaching

    Jayne uses very high-resolution spectroscopy and the unique spectral fingerprints of different molecules to separate the light of an exoplanet from the glare of its host star. This reveals the planet’s atmospheric composition, its wind patterns, the length of its day, and the presence of stratospheres, akin to our ozone layer. Jayne’s current work focuses on gas and ice giants, surveying their extremely diverse properties to understand how they formed. Ultimately, she aims to use this technique to detect signs of life in nearby rocky worlds. Jayne is an advocate for diversity amongst researchers and helped instigate an international summer research program in astronomy in the Netherlands.


    Exoplanet atmospheres, planet formation, biosignatures, cool stars, habitability.

  • Publicaties


    • Cruz, P., Diaz, M., Birkby, J., Barrado, D., Sipöcz, B., & Hodgkin, S. (2018). Low-mass eclipsing binaries in the WFCAM Transit Survey: the persistence of the M-dwarf radius inflation problem. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 476(4), 5253-5267. https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/sty541 [details]
    • Kempton, E. M-R., Bean, J. L., Louie, D. R., Deming, D., Koll, D. D. B., Mansfield, M., ... von Essen, C. (2018). A Framework for Prioritizing the TESS Planetary Candidates Most Amenable to Atmospheric Characterization. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 130(993), 114401. https://doi.org/10.1088/1538-3873/aadf6f
    • Mentel, R. T., Kenworthy, M. A., Cameron, D. A., Scott, E. L., Mellon, S. N., Hudec, R., ... Kuhn, R. B. (2018). Constraining the period of the ringed secondary companion to the young star J1407 with photographic plates. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 619, [A157]. https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201834004 [details]


    • Snellen, I. A. G., Désert, J-M., Waters, L. B. F. M., Robinson, T., Meadows, V., van Dishoeck, E. F., ... Brogi, M. (2017). Detecting Proxima b’s Atmosphere with JWST Targeting CO2 at 15 μm Using a High-pass Spectral Filtering Technique. Astronomical Journal, 154(2), [77]. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/aa7fbc [details]


    • Birkby, J. L. (2018). Spectroscopic Direct Detection of Exoplanets. In H. J. Deeg, & J. A. Belmonte (Eds.), Handbook of Exoplanets (pp. 1485-1508). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-55333-7_16 [details]
    • Packham, C., Honda, M., Chun, M., Sakon, I., Richter, M., Okamoto, Y., ... Lopez-Rodriguez, E. (2018). The key science drivers for MICHI: a thermal-infrared instrument for the TMT. Proceedings of the SPIE, 10702, [10702A0]. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2313967 [details]


    • Cruz, P., Barrado, D., Lillo-Box, J., Diaz, M., López-Morales, M., Birkby, J., ... Hodgkin, S. (2017). Detection of secondary eclipses of WASP-10b and Qatar-1b in the Ks band and the correlation between Ks-band temperature and stellar activity. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 12(S328), 363-370. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1743921317003660 [details]
    • Cruz, P., Diaz, M., Barrado, D., & Birkby, J. (2017). Low-mass eclipsing binaries in the WFCAM Transit Survey. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 12(S328), 124-126. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1743921317003659 [details]


    • Mitsuhiko, H., Packham, C., Chun, M., Imanishi, M., Ichikawa, K., Marois, C., ... MICHI Science and Instrument Team (2018). TMT/MICHI current concept. 49-52. Paper presented at The Cosmic Wheel and the Legacy of the AKARI archive, Tokyo, Japan.


    • Birkby, J. L. (speaker) (9-11-2017). MEASURE: the MMT Exoplanet Atmosphere SURvEy, NASA Sagan Fellows Symposium, Pasedena, United States.
    • Birkby, J. L. (invited speaker) (19-10-2017). New Frontiers in Exoplanet Characterisation, University of Cambridge, UK.
    • Birkby, J. L. (invited speaker) (12-9-2017). Exoplanet Atmospheres with vAPP Technology, MICADO Science Team Meeting, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Birkby, J. L. (invited speaker) (4-9-2017). Exoplanet Atmospheres in High Resolution, Faculty Colloquium, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Birkby, J. L. (speaker) (20-7-2017). Exoplanets at High Spectral Resolution, Transiting Exoplanets, Keele, United Kingdom.
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