Michael Matesic

M.Sc. Student, Bishop's University

In 2021, Michael completed his undergraduate degree in Honours Cooperative Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo. The following summer, he worked as a Trottier intern under Dr. Jason Rowe with the objective of developing software that would determine eta-Earth, this being the frequency of Earth analogues, which are habitable zone Earth-sized planets orbiting Sun-like stars. Photometric observations from NASA’s Kepler mission are analyzed to assess the full Bayesian probability of candidate transit detections by utilizing nested sampling and modelling the coloured noise as a Gaussian process, with and without the inclusion of a transit model.

As a Master’s student at Bishop’s University under Dr. Rowe, Michael will deploy this software on a short list of the most promising Earth analogue candidates, publish results, and apply for the best of these to receive priority for follow-up observations from JWST/HST. He then plans to develop a machine learning network to efficiently perform this analysis on the entire Kepler dataset, using training sets produced with the software outlined above.

Supervisor

Jason Rowe

Michael Matesic
M.Sc. Student, Bishop's University