Tyrone E. Woods
I am currently a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham’s Institute for Gravitational Wave Astronomy where I study the physics of some of the most energetic events in the Universe and the lives of the stars that precipitate them. Immense stellar explosions brighter than entire galaxies and even ripples in space-time itself can be caused by two interacting stars. These “binaries” are not as uncommon as one may think; around half of the stars that we see in the night sky are actually pairs of stars (imagine a solar system with two suns!). Often, my research involves studying the interaction of binary stars with the interstellar gas and dust that surrounds them in order to infer qualities about the stars and their evolution.