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Dr Maguire’s research interests include explosive transients, cosmology, and supernova progenitors. She is interested in observational studies of stellar explosions, from exploring the diversity of supernova populations to constraining their use for cosmology.

Recently, her research has focused on the exciting new area of gravitational-wave astrophysics, and the rapid discovery and follow-up of the electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave triggers. Her research is currently funded by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council, as well as the European Union through an ERC Starting Grant.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Explosive transients, cosmology, and supernova progenitors
  • Type Ia supernovae: constraining their explosion mechanisms
  • Understanding the diversity of supernova explosions
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  • Press coverage of joint gravitational wave and electromagnetic detection of neutron-star merger,
    (including invited panel member STFC press event at Royal Society London, interview on Channel 4 News,
    interview on ITV News at 10, interview on BBC NI Newsline, coverage in online and print media incl.
    BBC, Guardian, Financial Times).


Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

School of Mathematics and Pyhsics

Research students

PhD title:  Understanding how Type Ia supernovae explode

Name: Kelly Skillen
Years of Study: 2018 - 2021
Country: UK

PhD title:  Circumstellar interaction in supernova explosions

Name: Peter Clark
Years of Study: 2016 - 2019
Country: UK


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