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Dr Ulrich Kolb

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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Physical Sciences
  • ulrich.kolb

Professional biography

For more information please visit my personal homepage.

Research interests

My research is in stellar astrophysics, with a particular focus on stellar and binary star populations, transients and exoplanets. I am also interested in robotic astronomy and educational research in physics and astronomy.

Teaching interests

I am currently the Director of Teching of the School of Physical Sciences, and in this capacity I am looking after the maintenance, improvement and further development of the curriculum in physics, astronomy, planetary and space science. 

I wrote the textbook Extreme Environment Astrophysics which is used in S383, I developed the PIRATE strand of the Astrophysical Data Analysis project in S382, and the colour magnitude diagram astronomy topic in SXPA288. I contributed to the textbook The Sun and Stars in S282. 

Impact and engagement

I am the Director of the OpenScience Observatories OSO), the Astronomy Wing of the OpenSTEM Labs. OSO owns and operates two robotic optical telescopes in Tenerife, a robotic radio telescope and the George Abell Observatory at the Walton Hall campus.

External collaborations

I am leading the Open University element of the UK support for the development phase of the ESA PLATO mission.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Astronomy Research GroupGroupFaculty of Science
Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)CentreFaculty of Science

 

Externally funded projects

PLATO UK - Support for the Development Phase

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/Aug/201731/Mar/2022UKSA UK Space Agency
PLATO: Revealing habitable worlds around solar-like stars The PLATO space mission (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillation of stars) will detect terrestrial exoplanets at orbits up to the habitable zone of solar-type stars and characterise their bulk properties. PLATO will provide key information (planetary radii, mean densities, ages, stellar irradiation, and architecture of planetary systems) needed to determine the habitability of these diverse new worlds. PLATO will answer the scientific questions: • How do planets and planetary systems form and evolve? • Is our solar system special or are there other systems like ours? • Are there potentially habitable planets? PLATO is the ESA M3 (medium-class) mission, with a currently planned launch date in 2026, and an expected mission duration of at least four years. The search for planets similar to our Earth, potentially suitable for the development of life, is one of the greatest scientific, technological, and philosophical undertakings of our time, which is captivating public interest. The PLATO results will have a profound influence on our understanding of the Universe and our place in the Cosmos. PLATO will accurately measure the radii, masses, and ages of Earth-like planets in the habitable zones of stars similar to our own. This is unique to PLATO and will lay the foundations for exoplanetary research in the following decades. The Open University element of the PLATO Development Phase considers the problem of astrophysical false positives that will contaminate the sample of exoplanet candidates delivered by PLATO. The project will prepare tools that inform the PLATO field and target selection so as to minimize the number of contaminants, and to maximize information available for contaminant analysis of individual sources. The UK Support for the PLATO Development Phase is funded by the UK Space Agency and led by Prof Don Pollacco (University of Warwick). It involves elements at The Open University (PI Dr Ulrich Kolb), University of Warwick (PI Prof Don Pollacco), UCL/Mullard Space Science Laboratory (PI Prof Alan Smith), University of Cambridge (PI Dr Nic Walton), University of St. Andrews (PI Prof Andrew Collier-Cameron), University of Birmingham (PI Prof Bill Chaplin) and University of Oxford (Prof Suzanne Aigrain).

Ogden Science Officer / Citizen Science Research Fellow

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01/Sep/201531/Aug/2018The Ogden Trust
The Ogden Trust is providing matched funding to a maximum of £75k for 3 years for an 0.5 FTE outreach post, that we can add to the ASTERICS post and can therefore recruit a full-time postdoctoral research assistant.

Astronomy and Planetary Sciences at the Open University

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01/Apr/201431/Mar/2017STFC Science & Technology Facilities Council
The aim of our programme in Astronomy & Planetary Science at the Open University (APSOU) is to carryout detailed investigations of the origin and evolution of galaxies, stars and planets with a special emphasis on our own Solar System through a combination of observation, simulation, laboratory analysis and theoretical modelling. Our research is divided into two broad areas, reflecting the historical research strengths. This research programme is well-matched to both nationally- and internationally-agreed research imperatives. In its final report, A Science Vision for European Astronomy2, Astronet’s Science Working Group identified four broad areas of strategic importance; our research covers major topics within each of these areas. APSOU projects also map onto two of the four Science Challenges that form STFC’s Road Map3 for science (‘How did the universe begin and how is it evolving?’ and ‘How do stars and planetary systems develop and is life unique to our planet?’). The present APSOU programme comprises 20 projects (labelled A to T), of which 6 are for consideration by the Astronomy Observation (AO) panel, 1 for Astronomy Theory (AT), and 13 for the Planetary Studies (PL) panel. The AO projects cover the breadth of the 7 themes recognised as UK strengths in the report of STFC’s Astronomy Advisory Panel (AAP), whilst the 13 PL projects are directed towards answering questions raised in two of the three themes identified as UK strengths in the roadmap of STFC’s Solar System Advisory Panel (SSAP)4.

Publications

A robotic telescope for university-level distance teaching (2018-10-17)
Kolb, Ulrich; Brodeur, Marcus; Braithwaite, N St.J and Minocha, Shailey
Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Proceedings,, 1(1) (pp. 127-136)
The SuperWASP catalogue of 4963 RR Lyr stars: identification of 983 Blazhko candidates (2017-11)
Greer, P. A.; Payne, S. G.; Norton, A.J.; Maxted, P. F. L.; Smalley, B.; West, R.G.; Weatley, P. J. and Kolb, U. C.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 607, Article A11
Outreach at the match: a cautionary tale (2017-10-01)
Baruch, John; Kolb, Ulrich; Fraser, Helen and Heyes, Jen
Astronomy & Geophysics, 58(5) (pp. 5.37-5.38)
WASP-86b and WASP-102b: super-dense versus bloated planets (2016-08)
Faedi, F.; Gómez Maqueo Chew, Y.; Pollacco, D.; Brown, D. J. A.; Hébrard, G.; Smalley, B.; Lam, K. W. F.; Veras, D.; Anderson, D.; Doyle, A. P.; Gillon, M.; Goad, M. R.; Lendl, M.; Mancini, L.; McCormac, J.; Plauchu-Frayn, I.; Prieto-Arranz, J.; Scholz, A.; Street, R.; Triaud, A. H. M.; West, R.; Wheatley, P. J.; Armstrong, D. J.; Barros, S. C. C.; Boisse, I.; Bouchy, F.; Boumis, P.; Collier Cameron, A.; Haswell, C. A.; Hay, K. L.; Hellier, C.; Kolb, U.; Maxted, P. F. L.; Norton, A. J.; Osborn, H. P.; Palle, E.; Pepe, F.; Queloz, D.; Ségransan, D.; Udry, S. and Wilson, P. A.
ArXiv e-prints ((In Press))
WASP-92b, WASP-93b and WASP-118b: three new transiting close-in giant planets (2016)
Hay, K. L.; Collier-Cameron, A.; Doyle, A. P.; Hébrard, G.; Skillen, I.; Anderson, D. R.; Barros, S. C. C.; Brown, D. J. A.; Bouchy, F.; Busuttil, R.; Delorme, P.; Delrez, L.; Demangeon, O.; Díaz, R. F.; Gillon, M.; Gómez Maqueo Chew, Y.; Gonzàlez, E.; Hellier, C.; Holmes, S.; Jarvis, J. F.; Jehin, E.; Joshi, Y. C.; Kolb, U.; Lendl, M.; Maxted, P. F. L.; McCormac, J.; Miller, G. R. M.; Mortier, A.; Pallé, E.; Pollacco, D.; Prieto-Arranz, J.; Queloz, D.; Ségransan, D.; Simpson, E. K.; Smalley, B.; Southworth, J.; Triaud, A. H. M. J.; Turner, O. D.; Udry, S.; Vanhuysse, M.; West, R. G. and Wilson, P. A.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 463(3) (pp. 3276-3289)
The doubly eclipsing quintuple low-mass star system 1SWASP J093010.78+533859.5 (2015-06-12)
Lohr, M. E.; Norton, A. J.; Gillen, E.; Busuttil, R.; Kolb, U. C.; Aigrain, S.; McQuillan, A.; Hodgkin, S. T. and González, E.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 578, Article A103
Total eclipse of the heart: the AM CVn Gaia14aae/ASSASN-14cn (2015)
Campbell, H. C.; Marsh, T. R.; Fraser, M.; Hodgkin, S. T.; de Miguel, E.; Gänsicke, B. T.; Steeghs, D.; Hourihane, A.; Breedt, E.; Littlefair, S. P.; Koposov, S. E.; Wyrzykowski, Ł.; Altavilla, G.; Blagorodnova, N.; Clementini, G.; Damljanovic, G.; Delgado, A.; Dennefeld, M.; Drake, A. J.; Fernández-Hernández, J.; Gilmore, G.; Gualandi, R.; Hamanowicz, A.; Handzlik, B.; Hardy, L. K.; Harrison, D. L.; Iłkiewicz, K.; Jonker, P. G.; Kochanek, C. S.; Kołaczkowski, Z.; Kostrzewa-Rutkowska, Z.; Kotak, R.; van Leeuwen, G.; Leto, G.; Ochner, P.; Pawlak, M.; Palaversa, L.; Rixon, G.; Rybicki, K.; Shappee, B. J.; Smartt, S. J.; Torres, M. A. P.; Tomasella, L.; Turatto, M.; Ulaczyk, K.; van Velzen, S.; Vince, O.; Walton, N. A.; Wielgórski, P.; Wevers, T.; Whitelock, P.; Yoldas, A.; De Angeli, F.; Burgess, P.; Busso, G.; Busuttil, R.; Butterley, T.; Chambers, K. C.; Copperwheat, C.; Danilet, A. B.; Dhillon, V. S.; Evans, D. W.; Eyer, L.; Froebrich, D.; Gomboc, A.; Holland, G.; Holoien, T. W.-S.; Jarvis, J. F.; Kaiser, N.; Kann, D. A.; Koester, D.; Kolb, U.; Komossa, S.; Magnier, E. A.; Mahabal, A.; Polshaw, J.; Prieto, J. L.; Prusti, T.; Riello, M.; Scholz, A.; Simonian, G.; Stanek, K. Z.; Szabados, L.; Waters, C. and Wilson, R. W.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 452(1) (pp. 1060-1067)
The Ritter-Kolb Catalogue and its Impact on Research into CVs, LMXBs and related Objects (2015)
Ritter, H. and Kolb, U.
Acta Polytechnica CTU Proceedings, 2(1) (pp. 21-25)
The PLATO 2.0 mission (2014-11)
Rauer, H.; Catala, C.; Aerts, C.; Appourchaux, T.; Benz, W.; Brandeker, A.; Christensen-Dalsgaard, J.; Deleuil, M.; Gizon, L.; Goupil, M.-J.; Güdel, M.; Janot-Pacheco, E.; Mas-Hesse, M.; Pagano, I.; Piotto, G.; Pollacco, D.; Santos, Ċ.; Smith, A.; Suárez, J.-C.; Szabó, R.; Udry, S.; Adibekyan, V.; Alibert, Y.; Almenara, J.-M.; Amaro-Seoane, P.; Eiff, M. Ammler-von; Asplund, M.; Antonello, E.; Barnes, S.; Baudin, F.; Belkacem, K.; Bergemann, M.; Bihain, G.; Birch, A. C.; Bonfils, X.; Boisse, I.; Bonomo, A. S.; Borsa, F.; Brandão, I. M.; Brocato, E.; Brun, S.; Burleigh, M.; Burston, R.; Cabrera, J.; Cassisi, S.; Chaplin, W.; Charpinet, S.; Chiappini, C.; Church, R. P.; Csizmadia, Sz.; Cunha, M.; Damasso, M.; Davies, M. B.; Deeg, H. J.; Díaz, R. F.; Dreizler, S.; Dreyer, C.; Eggenberger, P.; Ehrenreich, D.; Eigmüller, P.; Erikson, A.; Farmer, R.; Feltzing, S.; Oliveira Fialho, F. de; Figueira, P.; Forveille, T.; Fridlund, M.; García, R. A.; Giommi, P.; Giuffrida, G.; Godolt, M.; da Silva, J. Gomes; Granzer, T.; Grenfell, J. L.; Grotsch-Noels, A.; Günther, E.; Haswell, C. A.; Hatzes, A. P.; Hébrard, G.; Hekker, S.; Helled, R.; Heng, K.; Jenkins, J. M.; Johansen, A.; Khodachenko, M. L.; Kislyakova, K. G.; Kley, W.; Kolb, U.; Krivova, N.; Kupka, F.; Lammer, H.; Lanza, A. F.; Lebreton, Y.; Magrin, D.; Marcos-Arenal, P.; Marrese, P. M.; Marques, J. P.; Martins, J.; Mathis, S.; Mathur, S.; Messina, S.; Miglio, A.; Montalban, J.; Montalto, M.; P. F. G. Monteiro, M. J.; Moradi, H.; Moravveji, E.; Mordasini, C.; Morel, T.; Mortier, A.; Nascimbeni, V.; Nelson, R. P.; Nielsen, M. B.; Noack, L.; Norton, A. J.; Ofir, A.; Oshagh, M.; Ouazzani, R.-M.; Pápics, P.; Parro, V. C.; Petit, P.; Plez, B.; Poretti, E.; Quirrenbach, A.; Ragazzoni, R.; Raimondo, G.; Rainer, M.; Reese, D. R.; Redmer, R.; Reffert, S.; Rojas-Ayala, B.; Roxburgh, I. W.; Salmon, S.; Santerne, A.; Schneider, J.; Schou, J.; Schuh, S.; Schunker, H.; Silva-Valio, A.; Silvotti, R.; Skillen, I.; Snellen, I.; Sohl, F.; Sousa, S. G.; Sozzetti, A.; Stello, D.; Strassmeier, K. G.; Švanda, M.; Szabó, Gy. M.; Tkachenko, A.; Valencia, D.; Van Grootel, V.; Vauclair, S. D.; Ventura, P.; Wagner, F. W.; Walton, N. A.; Weingrill, J.; Werner, S. C.; Wheatley, P. J. and Zwintz, K.
Experimental Astronomy, 38(1-2) (pp. 249-330)
Energy-dependent evolution in IC10 X-1: hard evidence for an extended corona and implications (2014-09)
Barnard, R.; Steiner, J. F.; Prestwich, A. F.; Stevens, I. R.; Clark, J. S. and Kolb, U. C.
The Astrophysical Journal, 792, Article 131(2)
Period and amplitude variations in post-common-envelope eclipsing binaries observed with SuperWASP (2014-06)
Lohr, M. E,; Norton, A. J.; Anderson, D. R.; Collier Cameron, A.; Faedi, F.; Haswell, C. A.; Hellier, C.; Hodgkin, S. T.; Horne, K.; Kolb, U. C.; Maxted, P. F. L.; Pollacco, D.; Skillen, I.; Smalley, B.; West, R. G. and Wheatley, P. J.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 566, Article A128
A window on exoplanet dynamical histories: Rossiter-McLaughlin observations of WASP-13b and WASP-32b (2014-04)
Brothwell, R. D.; Watson, C. A.; Hebrard, G.; Triaud, A. H. M. J.; Cegla, H. M.; Santerne, A.; Hebrard, E.; Anderson, D. R.; Pollacco, D.; Simpson, E. K.; Bouchy, F.; Brown, D. J. A.; Chew, Y. G. M.; Cameron, A. C.; Armstrong, D. J.; Barros, S. C. C.; Bento, J.; Bochinski, J.; Burwitz, V.; Busuttil, R.; Delrez, L.; Doyle, A. P.; Faedi, F.; Fumel, A.; Gillon, M.; Haswell, C. A.; Hellier, C.; Jehin, E.; Kolb, U.; Lendl, M.; Liebig, C.; Maxted, P. F. L.; McCormac, J.; Miller, G. R. M.; Norton, A. J.; Pepe, F.; Queloz, D.; Rodriguez, J.; Segransan, D.; Skillen, I.; Smalley, B.; Stassun, K. G.; Udry, S.; West, R. G. and Wheatley, P. J.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 440(4) (pp. 3392-3401)
Prospects for detecting asteroseismic binaries in Kepler data (2014-03)
Miglio, A.; Chaplin, W. J.; Farmer, R.; Kolb, U.; Girardi, L.; Elsworth, Y.; Appourchaux, T. and Handberg, R.
Astrophysical Journal Letters, 784, Article L3(1)
Parameters of two low-mass contact eclipsing binaries near the short-period limit (2014-02)
Lohr, M. E.; Hodgkin, S. T.; Norton, A. J. and Kolb, U. C.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 563, Article A34
EL CVn-type binaries - discovery of 17 helium white dwarf precursors in bright eclipsing binary star systems (2014-01)
Maxted, P. F. L.; Bloemen, S.; Heber, U.; Geier, S.; Wheatley, P. J.; Marsh, T. R.; Breedt, E.; Sebastian, D.; Faillace, G.; Owen, C.; Pulley, D.; Smith, D.; Kolb, U.; Haswell, C. A.; Southworth, J.; Anderson, D. R.; Smalley, B.; Collier Cameron, A.; Hebb, L.; Simpson, E. K.; West, R. G.; Bochinski, J.; Busuttil, R. and Hadigal, S.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 437(2) (pp. 1681-1697)
Discovery of WASP-65b and WASP-75b: two hot Jupiters without highly inflated radii (2013-11)
Gómez Maqueo Chew, Y.; Faedi, F.; Pollacco, D.; Brown, D. J. A.; Doyle, A. P.; Collier Cameron, A.; Gillon, M.; Lendl, M.; Smalley, B.; Triaud, A. H. M. J.; West, R. G.; Wheatley, P. J.; Busuttil, R.; Liebig, C.; Anderson, D. R.; Armstrong, D. J.; Barros, S. C. C.; Bento, J.; Bochinski, Jakub; Burwitz, V.; Delrez, L.; Enoch, B.; Fumel, A.; Haswell, C. A.; Hébrard, G.; Hellier, C.; Holmes, S.; Jehin, E.; Kolb, U.; Maxted, P. F. L.; McCormac, J.; Miller, G. R. M.; Norton, A. J.; Pepe, F.; Queloz, D.; Rodríguez, J.; Ségransan, D.; Skillen, I.; Stassun, K. G.; Udry, S. and Watson, C.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 559, Article A36
One, two, or three stars? An investigation of an unusual eclipsing binary candidate undergoing dramatic period changes (2013-10)
Lohr, M. E.; Norton, A. J.; Kolb, U. C. and Boyd, D. R. S.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 558
WASP-54b, WASP-56b, and WASP-57b: three new sub-Jupiter mass planets from SuperWASP (2013-02-25)
Faedi, F.; Pollacco, D.; Barros, S. C. C.; Brown, D.; Collier Cameron, A.; Doyle, A. P.; Enoch, R.; Gillon, M.; Gómez Maqueo Chew, Y.; Hébrard, G.; Lendl, M.; Liebig, C.; Smalley, B.; Triaud, A. H. M. J.; West, R. G.; Wheatley, P. J.; Alsubai, K. A.; Anderson, D. R.; Armstrong, D.; Bento, J.; Bochinski, J.; Bouchy, F.; Busuttil, R.; Fossati, L.; Fumel, A.; Haswell, C.A.; Hellier, C.; Holmes, S.; Jehin, E.; Kolb, U.; McCormac, J.; Miller, G. R. M.; Moutou, C.; Norton, A. J.; Parley, N.; Queloz, D.; Santerne, A.; Skillen, I.; Smith, A. M. S.; Udry, S. and Watson, C.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 551 (A73)
Benchmark experiments with global climate models applicable to extra-solar gas giant planets in the shallow atmosphere approximation (2013-02-01)
Bending, V. L.; Lewis, S. R. and Kolb, U.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 428(4) (pp. 2874-2884)
Period and period change measurements for 143 SuperWASP eclipsing binary candidates near the short-period limit and discovery of a doubly eclipsing quadruple system (2013-01)
Lohr, M. E.; Norton, A. J.; Kolb, U. C.; Maxted, P. F. L.; Todd, I. and West, R. G.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 549, Article A86
The true stellar parameters of the Kepler target list (2013)
Farmer, R.; Kolb, U. and Norton, A. J.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 433(2) (pp. 1133-1145)
Near-ultraviolet absorption, chromospheric activity, and star-planet interactions in the WASP-12 system (2012-11-20)
Haswell, C. A.; Fossati, L.; Ayres, T.; France, K.; Froning, C. S.; Holmes, S.; Kolb, U. C.; Busuttil, R.; Street, R. A.; Hebb, L.; Collier Cameron, A.; Enoch, B.; Burvitz, V.; Rodriguez, J.; West, R. G.; Pollacco, D.; Wheatley, P. J. and Carter, A.
Astrophysical Journal, 760, Article 79(1)
Supernova remnants and candidates detected in the XMM-Newton M 31 large survey (2012-08)
Sasaki, M.; Pietsch, W.; Haberl, F.; Hatzidimitriou, D.; Stiele, H.; Williams, B.; Kong, A. and Kolb, U.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 544, Article A144
Period decrease in three SuperWASP eclipsing binary candidates near the short-period limit (2012-06)
Lohr, M. E.; Norton, A. J.; Kolb, U. C.; Anderson, D. R.; Faedi, F. and West, R. G.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 542, Article A124
Is the common envelope ejection efficiency a function of the binary parameters? (2012-01)
Davis, P. J.; Kolb, U. and Knigge, C.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 419(1) (pp. 287-303)
A compact degenerate primary-star progenitor of SN 2011fe (2012-01)
Bloom, Joshua S.; Kasen, Daniel; Shen, Ken J.; Nugent, Peter E.; Butler, Nathaniel R.; Graham, Melissa L.; Howell, D. Andrew; Kolb, Ulrich; Holmes, Stefan; Haswell, Carole A.; Burwitz, Vadim; Rodriguez, Juan and Sullivan, Mark
Astrophysical Journal, 744(2) (L17)
Post common envelope binaries from SDSS - XII. The orbital period distribution (2011-12)
Nebot Gómez-Morán, A.; Gänsicke, B. T.; Schreiber, M. R.; Rebassa-Mansergas, A.; Schwope, A. D.; Southworth, J.; Aungwerojwit, A.; Bothe, M.; Davis, P. J.; Kolb, U.; Müller, M.; Papadaki, C.; Pyrzas, S.; Rabitz, A.; Rodríguez-Gil, P.; Schmidtobreick, L.; Schwarz, R.; Tappert, C.; Toloza, O.; Vogel, J. and Zorotovic, M.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 536, Article A43
The deep XMM-Newton survey of M 31 (2011-10)
Stiele, H.; Pietsch, W.; Haberl, F.; Hatzidimitriou, D.; Barnard, R.; Williams, B. F.; Kong, A. K. H. and Kolb, U.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 534, Article A55
Software architecture for an unattended remotely controlled telescope (2011-10)
Lucas, Robert and Kolb, Ulrich
Journal of the British Astronomical Association, 121(5) (pp. 265-269)
H-alpha confirmation of two recent disc novae in M 31 (2011-07)
Burwitz, V.; Henze, M.; Pietsch, W.; Holmes, S.; Kolb, U.; Haswell, C. A. and Rodriguez, J.
The Astronomer's Telegram, 3499 (p 1)
PIRATE: a remotely operable telescope facility for research and education (2011)
Holmes, S.; Kolb, U.; Haswell, C.; Burwitz, V.; Lucas, R.; Rodriguez, J.; Rolfe, S.; Rostron, J. and Barker, J.
Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 123(908) (pp. 1177-1187)
Metals in the exosphere of the highly irradiated planet WASP-12b (2010-05-10)
Fossati, L.; Haswell, C. A.; Froning, C. S.; Hebb, L.; Holmes, S.; Kolb, U.; Helling, Ch.; Carter, A.; Wheatley, P.; Cameron, A. C.; Loeillet, B.; Pollacco, D.; Street, R.; Stempels, H. C.; Simpson, E.; Udry, S.; Joshi, Y. C.; West, R. G.; Skillen, I. and Wilson, D.
Astrophysical Journal Letters, 714(2) (L222-L227)
A comprehensive population synthesis study of post-common envelope binaries (2010-03)
Davis, P. J.; Kolb, U. and Willems, B.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 403(1) (pp. 179-195)
SDSS unveils a population of intrinsically faint cataclysmic variables at the minimum orbital period (2009-08)
Gänsicke, B. T.; Dillon, M.; Southworth, J.; Thorstensen, J. R.; Rodríguez-Gil, P.; Aungwerojwit, A.; Marsh, T. R.; Szkody, P.; Barros, S. C. C.; Casares, J.; De Martino, D.; Groot, P. J.; Hakala, P.; Kolb, U.; Littlefair, S. P.; Martínez-Pais, I.; Nelemans, G. and Schreiber, M. R.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 397(4) (pp. 2170-2188)
A second black hole candidate in a M31 globular cluster is identified with XMM-Newton (2009-07)
Barnard, R. and Kolb, U.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 397 (L92-L95)
An X-ray spectral survey of the disc of M 31 with XMM-Newton (2009-03-01)
Shaw Greening, L.; Barnard, R.; Kolb, U.; Tonkin, C. and Osborne, J. P.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 495(3) (pp. 733-741)
New XMM-Newton Analysis of Three Bright X-Ray Sources in M31 Globular Clusters, Including a New Black Hole Candidate (2008-12)
Barnard, R.; Stiele, H.; Hatzidimitriou, D.; Kong, A. K. H.; Williams, B. F.; Pietsch, W.; Kolb, U. C.; Haberl, F. and Sala, G.
Astrophysical Journal, 689(2) (pp. 1215-1221)
NGC 300 X-1 and IC 10 X-1: a new breed of black hole binary? (2008-07-03)
Barnard, R.; Clark, J. S. and Kolb, U. C.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 488 (pp. 697-703)
A multi-coloured survey of NGC 253 with XMM–Newton: testing the methods used for creating luminosity functions from low-count data (2008)
Barnard, R.; Shaw Greening, L. and Kolb, U.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 388(2) (pp. 849-862)
How many cataclysmic variables are crossing the period gap? A test for the disruption of magnetic braking (2008)
Davis, P. J.; Kolb, U.; Willems, B. and Gänsicke, B. T.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 389(4) (pp. 1563-1576)
On the artificial nature of aperiodic variability in XMM-Newton observations of M 31 X-ray sources and the ultraluminous X-ray source NGC 4559 ULX-7 (2007-07-03)
Barnard, R.; Trudolyubov, S.; Kolb, U. C.; Haswell, C. A.; Osborne, J. P. and Priedhorsky, W. C.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 469(3) (pp. 875-879)
Theoretical orbital period distributions of cataclysmic variables above the period gap: Effects of circumbinary disks (2007-03-01)
Willems, Bart; Taam, Ronald E.; Kolb, Ulrich; Dubus, Guillaume and Sandquist, Eric L.
Astrophysical Journal, 657(1) (pp. 465-481)
Eclipsing binaries in extrasolar planet transit surveys: the case of SuperWASP (2006-04)
Willems, B.; Kolb, U. and Justham, S.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 367(3) (pp. 1103-1112)
Disc precession in the M31 dipping X-ray binary Bo 158? (2006-02)
Barnard, R.; Foulkes, S.B.; Haswell, C.A.; Kolb, U.; Osborne, J.P. and Murray, J.R.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 366(1) (pp. 287-294)
A ZZ Ceti white dwarf in SDSS J133941.11+484727.5 (2006)
Gansicke, B. T.; Rodriguez-Gil, P.; Marsh, T. R.; de Martino, D.; Nestoras, J.; Szkody, P.; Aungwerojwit, A.; Barros, S. C. C.; Dillon, M.; Araujo-Betancor, S.; Arevalo, M. J.; Casares, J.; Groot, P. J.; Kolb, U.; Lazaro, C.; Hakala, P.; Martinez-Pais, I. G.; Nelemans, G.; Roelofs, G.; Schreiber, M. R.; van den Besselaar, E.; Zurita, C. and Monet, D.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 365(3) (pp. 969-976)
A potential supernova remnant-x-ray binary association in M31 (2005-11)
Williams, Benjamin F.; Barnard, Robin; Garcia, Michael R.; Kolb, U.; Osborne, J.P. and Kong, Albert K.H.
Astrophysical Journal, 634(1) (pp. 365-375)
A catalog and atlas of cataclysmic variables: the final edition (2005)
Downes, Ronald A.; Webbink, Ronald F.; Shara, Michael M.; Ritter, Hans; Kolb, Ulrich and Duerbeck, Hilmar W.
Journal of Astronomical Data, 11
Angular momentum losses and the orbital period distribution of cataclysmic variables below the period gap: effects of circumbinary disks (2005)
Willems, Bart; Kolb, Ulrich; Sandquist, Eric L.; Taam, Ronald E. and Dubus, Guillaume
Astrophysical Journal, 635(1) (pp. 1263-1280)
Interpretation of the variability of the β Cephei star λ Scorpii. I. The multiple character (2004-11-04)
Uytterhoeven, K.; Willem, B.; Lefever, K.; Aerts, C.; Telting, J. H. and Kolb, U.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 427(2) (pp. 581-592)
Identifying a black hole X-ray transient in M 31 with XMM-Newton and Chandra (2004-08-03)
Barnard, R.; Kolb, U. and Osborne, J. P.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 423 (pp. 147-153)
Detached white dwarf main-sequence star binaries (2004-06-01)
Willems, B. and Kolb, U.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 419(3) (pp. 1057-1076)
Tracing a Z-track in the M 31 X-ray binary RX J0042.6+4115 (2003-12-01)
Barnard, R.; Kolb, U. and Osborne, J. P.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 411(3) (pp. 553-557)
On the detection of pre-low-mass X-ray binaries (2003-08)
Willems, B. and Kolb, U.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 343(3) (pp. 949-958)
Catalogue of cataclysmic binaries, low-mass X-ray binaries and related objects (Seventh edition) (2003-06-02)
Ritter, H. and Kolb, U.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 404(1) (pp. 301-304)
The minimum period problem in cataclysmic variables (2003-04)
Barker, J. and Kolb, U.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 340(2) (pp. 623-631)
The population of wide binary millisecond pulsars (2003-02)
Willems, B. and Kolb, U.
Astronomische Nachrichten, 324(1-2) (pp. 169-169)
Population synthesis of wide binary millisecond pulsars (2002-12)
Willems, B. and Kolb, U.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 337(3) (pp. 1004-1016)
AE Aquarii: how cataclysmic variables descend from supersoft binaries (2002-12)
Schenker, K.; King, A.R.; Kolb, U.; Wynn, G.A. and Zhang, Z.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 337(3) (pp. 1105-1112)
The systemic velocities of four long-period cataclysmic variable stars (2002-12)
North, R.C.; Marsh, T.R.; Kolb, U.; Dhillon, V.S. and Moran, C.K.J.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 337(4) (pp. 1215-1223)
XMM-Newton detection of Nova Muscae 1991 in quiescence (2002-09-01)
Sutaria, F. K.; Kolb, U.; Charles, P.; Osborne, J. P.; Kuulkers, E.; Casares, J.; Harlaftis, E. T.; Shahbaz, T.; Still, M. and Wheatley, P.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 391(3) (pp. 993-997)
Distortion of secondaries in semi-detached binaries and the cataclysmic variable period minimum (2002-07-02)
Renvoizé, V.; Baraffe, I.; Kolb, U. and Ritter, H.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 389 (pp. 485-493)
Rapid rotation of ultra-li-depleted halo stars and their association with blue stragglers (2002-05-20)
Ryan, Sean G.; Gregory, Scott G.; Kolb, Ulrich; Beers, Timothy C. and Kajino, Toshitaka
Astrophysical Journal, 571(1) (pp. 501-511)
Nova-induced mass transfer variations (2001-12-20)
Kolb, U.; Rappaport, S.; Schenker, K. and Howell, S.
Astrophysical Journal, 563(number 2,) (pp. 958-970)
A catalog and atlas of cataclysmic variables: the living edition (2001-06)
Downes, Ronald A.; Webbink, Ronald F.; Shara, Michael M.; Ritter, Hans; Kolb, Ulrich and Duerbeck, Hilmar W.
Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 113(784) (pp. 764-768)
Mass estimates in short-period compact binaries (2001-03)
Kolb, U.; King, A.R. and Baraffe, I.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 321(3) (pp. 544-548)
The minimum orbital period in thermal time-scale mass transfer (2001-02)
King, A.R.; Schenker, K.; Kolb, U. and Davies, M.B.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 321(2) (pp. 327-332)
VHE gamma rays from binary systems (2001)
Chadwick, P.M.; Chaty, S.; Daniel, M.K.; Haswell, C.A.; Kolb, U.; McComb, T.J.L.; McKenny, J.M.; Nolan, S.J.; Norton, A.J.; Orford, K.J.; Osborne, J.L. and Rayner, S.M.
AIP Conference Proceedings, 558(1) (pp. 757-760)
Extreme Environment Astrophysics (2010-05)
Kolb, Ulrich
ISBN : 9780521187855 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge
PIRATE - the piCETL Astronomical Telescope Explorer (2010)
Kolb, Ulrich; Lucas, Robert; Burwitz, Vadim; Holmes, Stefan; Haswell, Carole; Rodgriguez, Juan; Rolfe, Samantha; Rostron, John and Barker, John
In: Norton, Andrew ed. Electronic Resources for Teaching and Learning (pp. 58-64)
Publisher : The Open University | Published : Milton Keynes
BiSEPS: a new binary population synthesis code (2002-01)
Willems, B.; Mundin, R.P. and Kolb, U.
In: Gänsicke, B.T.; Beuermann, K. and Reinsch, K. eds. The physics of cataclysmic variables and related objects. ASP Conference Proceedings (pp. 303-305)
ISBN : 158381101X | Publisher : Astronomical Society of the Pacific | Published : San Francisco, USA
The minimum period problem in CVs (2001-01)
Barker, J. and Kolb, U.
In: Gänsicke, B.T.; Beuermann, K. and Reinsch, K. eds. The Physics of Cataclysmic Variables and Related Objects. ASP Conference Proceedings (pp. 271-272)
ISBN : 158381101X | Publisher : Astronomical Society of the Pacific | Published : San Francisco, USA
The population of cataclysmic variable systems (2001)
Kolb, U.
In: Vanbeveren, D. ed. The Influence of binaries on stellar population studies. Astrophysics and Space Science Library (pp. 321-338)
ISBN : 792371046 | Publisher : Springer
The CV minimum period problem (2001)
Barker, J. and Kolb, U.
In: Vanbeveren, D. ed. The Influence of Binaries on Stellar Population Studies. Astrophysics and Space Science Library (pp. 563-564)
ISBN : 792371046 | Publisher : Springer
Nova outbursts and the CV mass transfer rate spectrum (2001)
Kolb, Ulrich
In: Podsiadlowski, Ph.; Rappaport, S.; King, A.R.; D'Antona, F. and Burder, L. eds. Evolution of Binary and Multiple Star Systems; A Meeting in Celebration of Peter Eggleton's 60th Birthday. ASP Conference Series (pp. 333-344)
ISBN : 1583810617 | Publisher : Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Halpha-emission doppler tomography of long-period cataclysmic variable stars (2001)
North, R.C.; Marsh, T.R.; Moran, C.K.; Kolb, U.; Smith, R.C. and Stehle, R.
In: Boffin, H. M. J.; Steeghs, D. and Cuypers, J eds. Astrotomography, Indirect Imaging Methods in Observational Astronomy. Lecture Notes in Physics (pp. 33-33)
ISBN : 3540422137 | Publisher : Springer | Published : Berlin, Germany
Rapid response gravitational wave follow-up with the PIRATE robotic telescope (2018-04)
Roberts, Dean and Kolb, Ulrich
In : European Week of Astronomy and Space Science: RAS National Astronomy Meeting (3-6 Apr 2018, Liverpool, UK)
Designing online laboratories for optimal effectiveness: undergraduate priorities for authenticity, sociability and metafunctionality (2015-06-17)
Brodeur, Marcus; Minocha, Shailey; Kolb, Ulrich and Braithwaite, Nicholas
In : 15th International Conference on Technology, Policy and Innovation (17-19 Jun 2015, The Open University, Milton Keynes)
How effective is remote instruction for astrophysics? (2014-12)
Brodeur, Marcus; Kolb, Ulrich; Minocha, Shailey and Braithwaite, Nicolas
In : III Workshop on Robotic Autonomous Observatories (7-11 Oct 2013, Torremolinos, Spain) (pp. 133-134)
Teaching undergraduate astrophysics with PIRATE (2014-12)
Brodeur, Marcus; Kolb, Ulrich; Minocha, Shailey and Braithwaite, Nicholas
In : III Workshop on Robotic Autonomous Observatories (7-11 Oct 2013, Torremolinos, Spain) (pp. 129-132)
The PIRATE facility: at the crossroads of research and teaching (2014-12)
Kolb, Ulrich
In : III Workshop on Robotic Autonomous Observatories (7-11 Oct 2013, Torremolinos, Spain)
Modelling the atmosphere of a template “hot Jupiter” exoplanet (2012-09)
Bending, V. L.; Lewis, S. R. and Kolb, U.
In : European Planetary Science Congress (23-28 Sep 2012, Madrid)
Is the common envelope ejection efficiency a function of the binary parameters? (2011-09)
Davis, P. J.; Kolb, U. and Knigge, C.
In : Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (6-11 May 2011, Vina del Mar, Chile) (p 115)
Extra-solar planetary atmospheres and interiors (2010-09-07)
Bending, V. L.; Lewis, S. R. and Kolb, U.
In : Exoclimes 2010 (7-10 Sep 2010, Exeter)
Use of 3D virtual environments in teaching astronomy and physics (2009)
Lucas, Robert and Kolb, Ulrich
In : Frontiers in Science Education Research: An international conference on science and mathematics education research (22-24 Mar 2009, Famagusta, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus)
Results from the XMM-Newton M31 major axis survey (2008-05-23)
Greening, L. Shaw; Barnard, R.; Tonkin, C.; Kolb, U. and Osborne, J.
In : A Population Explosion: The Nature & Evolution of X-ray Binaries in Diverse Environments (28 Oct - 2 Nov 2007, St. Pete Beach, FL, USA) (p 325)
A multi-coloured survey of NGC 253 with XMM-Newton (2008-02)
Barnard, Robin; Shaw Greening, Lindsey and Kolb, Ulrich
In : ESAC Faculty Workshop on X-rays From Nearby Galaxies (5-7 Sep 2007, European Space Agency, ESAC, Madrid) (pp. 69-72)
The nature of the compact object in quiescent SXTs (2008)
Sutaria, F. K.; Kolb, U.; Kuulkers, E.; Charles, P. and Chaty, S.
In : 2nd Kolkata Conference on Observational Evidence for Black Holes in the Universe (16-17 Feb 2008, Kolkata, India) (p 253)
The Minimum period problem in CVs (2006-12-22)
Barker, J. and Kolb, U.
In : ASP Conference Proceedings: The Physics of Cataclysmic Variables and Related Objects
Stellar evolution For MODEST: full calculation, fitting formulae and future prospects (2006-08)
Justham, S.; Podsiadlowski, Ph.; Rappaport, S.; Nikku, M. and Kolb, Ulrich
In : Modelling Dense Stellar Systems: 26th meeting of the IAU (22-23 Aug 2006, Prague, Czech Republic)
Discovery and modelling of disc precession in the M31 X-ray binary Bo 158 (2006-01)
Barnard, Robin; Foulkes, S. B.; Haswell, C. A.; Kolb, Ulrich; Osborne, J. P. and Murray, J. R.
In : Proceedings of the 'The X-ray Universe 2005' (26-30 Sep 2005, El Escorial, Madrid, Spain)
Cumulative luminosity functions of the X-ray point source population in M31 (2006)
Shaw Greening, L.; Tonkin, C.; Barnard, R.; Kolb, U. and Osborne, J. P.
In : Populations of high energy sources in galaxies: proceedings of the 230th symposium of the International Astronomical Union (15-19 Aug 2005, Dublin, Ireland)
XMM-Newton reveals ∼100 new LMXBs in M31 from variability studies (2006)
Barnard, R.; Shaw Greening, L.; Tonkin, C.; Kolb, U. and Osborne, J. P.
In : Populations of high energy sources in galaxies: proceedings of the 230th symposium of the International Astronomical Union (15-19 Aug 2005, Dublin, Ireland)
Black hole hunting in the Andromeda Galaxy (2005-10)
Barnard, R.; Osborne, J. P.; Kolb, U. and Haswell, C. A.
In : Interacting binaries: accretion, evolution, and outcomes (4-10 Jul 2004, Cefalu, Sicily, Italy)
The Orbital period distribution of wide binary millisecond pulsars (2005-01)
Willems, B. and Kolb, U.
In : Binary Radio Pulsars (11-17 Jan 2004, Aspen, Colorado, USA)
Thermal-timescale mass transfer and evolved donor stars in CVs (2005)
Kolb, U. and Willems, B.
In : The Astrophysics of cataclysmic variables and related objects (11-16 Jul 2004, Strasbourg, France)
Thermal timescale mass transfer in binary population synthesis (2004-07)
Justham, S. and Kolb, U.
In : Compact binaries in the galaxy and beyond (17-22 Nov 2003, California, U.S.A.)
Population synthesis studies of white dwarf binaries (2004-07)
Kolb, U. and Willems, B.
In : Compact Binaries in the Galaxy and Beyond (17-22 Nov 2003, California, U.S.A.)
Session IV: binary evolution II. Discussion summary (2002-01)
Kolb, U.
In : The physics of cataclysmic variables and related objects (5-10 Aug 2001, Gottingen, Germany)
A first look at cataclysmic variable stars from the 2dF QSO survey (2002-01)
Marsh, T. R.; Morales-Rueda, L.; Steeghs, D.; Maxted, P.; Kolb, U. and et, al
In : The physics of cataclysmic variables and related objects (5-10 Aug 2001, Gottingen, Germany)
Braking and bouncing (2002-01)
Kolb, U.
In : The physics of cataclysmic variables and related objects (5-10 Aug 2001, Gottingen, Germany)
The violent past of Cygnus X-2 (2001)
Davies, Melvyn B.; Kolb, Ulrich; King, Andrew R. and Ritter, Hans
In : Evolution of binary and multiple star systems: a meeting in celebration of Peter Eggleton's 60th birthday (25 Jun - 1 Jul 2000, Bormio, Italy)
Rapid response gravitational wave follow-up with the PIRATE robotic telescope (2017-09)
Roberts, Dean and Kolb, Ulrich
The Open University
Gravitational Wave follow-up with the PIRATE telescope (2016-08)
Roberts, Dean and Kolb, Ulrich
The Open University
Confirmation of a nova candidate in M 31 in optical and Swift UVOT observations (2010-07-08)
Henze, M.; Burwitz, V.; Pietsch, W.; Rodriguez, J.; Haswell, C. A.; Holmes, S.; Kolb, U. and Lucas, R.
The Astronomer's Telegram (2727)
Catalogue of Cataclysmic Binaries, Low-Mass X-Ray Binaries and Related Objects (2010)
Ritter, Hans and Kolb, Ulrich
Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
Apparent Nova in M31: M31N 2010-07a (2010)
Henze, M.; Burwitz, V.; Pietsch, W.; Rodriguez, J.; Haswell, C. A.; Holmes, S.; Kolb, U. and Lucas, R.
International Astronomical Union: Central Bureau Electronic Telegrams, Cambridge, MA, USA.
Apparent Nova in M31: M31N 2010-01a (2010)
Burwitz, V.; Pietsch, W.; Henze, M.; Updike, A.; Milne, P.; Williams, G.; Hartmann, D. H.; Rodriguez, J.; Holmes, S.; Kolb, U. and Lucas, R.
International Astronomical Union, Cambridge, MA, USA.
Apparent Nova in M31: M31N 2009-11a (2009-11)
Burwitz, V; Rodriguez, J; Holmes, Stefan; Kolb, Ulrich and Lucas, Robert
International Astronomical Union, Cambridge, MA, USA.
Cataclysmic binaries, LMXBs, and related objects B/cb (2006-02)
Ritter, H. and Kolb, U.
Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.
Catalog of cataclysmic variables V/123A (2006-01)
Downes, R. A.; Webbink, R. F.; Shara, M. M.; Ritter, H.; Kolb, U. and Duerbeck, H. W.
Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.
Catalog of cataclysmic variables V/123 (2005-04)
Downes, R. A.; Webbink, R. F.; Shara, M. M.; Ritter, H.; Kolb, U. and Duerbeck, H. W.
Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.
Cataclysmic binaries, LMXBs, and related objects B/cb (2005-03)
Ritter, H. and Kolb, U.
Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.
Cataclysmic binaries, LMXBs, and related objects V/113D (2005-03)
Ritter, H. and Kolb, U.
Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.
Cataclysmic binaries, LMXBs, and related objects V/113C (2004-03)
Ritter, H. and Kolb, U.
Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.
Cataclysmic binaries, LMXBs, and related objects V/113A (2003-08)
Ritter, H. and Kolb, U.
Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.
Catalog of cataclysmic variables V/110 (2002-04)
Downes, R. A.; Webbink, R. F.; Shara, M. M.; Ritter, H.; Kolb, U. and Duerbeck, H. W.
Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.

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