Matthew Kenworthy is an Associate Professor at the Leiden Observatory. His research interests are in searches for extrasolar planets and the techniques that can help us find them, such as coronagraphic optics and point spread function reconstruction techniques.
Matthew Kenworthy obtained his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He held positions as PostDoc at the Steward Observatory and the University of Cincinnati. After that he was an Instrument Scientist and Assistant Professor at the Steward Observatory. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Leiden Observatory.
One of Kenworthy’s current projects is The beta Pic b Hill sphere monitoring campaign 2016-2018. He wants to collect all the observations planned for the beta Pic b Hill sphere transit. Beta Pic b is an exoplanet orbiting the star Beta Pictoris and the Hill sphere is the volume of space around the exoplanet where the gravity of the exoplanet dominates over the gravity of the star. Looking at the transit of the beta Pic b Hill sphere gives us a rare chance to probe the circumplanetary environment of a young, evolving exoplanet.