Phil J Sutton

Phil J Sutton
University of Lincoln · School of Mathematics and Physics

PhD

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Introduction
Current interests / project involves rings and moons around Exoplanets. Exomoons offer an exciting new area to investigate potential life. However, very little is know about the formation of such habitable Exomoons.
Additional affiliations
October 2009 - present
Loughborough University
Position
  • Practical Astronomy Tutor
Description
  • Observational techniques in practical astronomy.
October 2007 - August 2015
Loughborough University
Position
  • Physics Technician
Education
September 2003 - June 2006
Nottingham Trent University
Field of study
  • Physics With Astrophysics

Publications

Publications (18)
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Saturns F-ring is a unique, narrow ring that lies (radially) close to the tidally disruptive Roche limit of water ice for Saturn. Significant work has been done that shows it to be one of the most dynamic places in the Solar System. Aggregates that are fortunate enough to form constantly battle against the strong tidal forces of Saturn and the near...
Article
High-density regions within the spiral arms are expected to have profound effects on passing stars. Understanding of the potential effects on the Earth and our Solar System is dependent on a robust model of arm passage dynamics. Using a novel combination of data, we derive a model of the timings of the Solar System through the spiral arms and the r...
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We perform simulations of the M ⊕ self-gravitating exoring thought to orbit the large exoplanet J1407b. We use a mass of M J 1407 b = 20 M J (which is close to the revised upper limit) and a semi-major axis of a = 5 A U , equating to an orbital period of ∼ 11 y r s about the primary. As J1407b is expected to have a high eccentricity, we test eight...
Preprint
With the use of numerical models, we investigate whether Mean Motion Resonances (MMR) with nearby moons to the J1407b ring system were the cause of the observed 0.0267AU wide gap located at 0.4AU. Only one location of a moon at 0.63AU (corresponding to a 2:1 MMR) was found to form a gap at 0.4AU over short time periods of less than 100yr. However,...
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Saturns rings are known to show remarkable real time variability in their structure. Many of which can be associated to interactions with nearby moons and moonlets. Possibly the most interesting and dynamic place in the rings, probably in the whole Solar System, is the F ring. A highly disrupted ring with large asymmetries both radially and azimuth...
Thesis
As our abilities to utilise high performance computing to theoretically probe many astrophysical systems increases, a genuine need to relate to real systems becomes ever more important. Here, Saturn’s rings can be used as a nearby laboratory to investigate in real time many astrophysical processes. One such system is the narrow F ring and its inter...
Research
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Recent advances in observational studies of exoplanets have begun to reveal some exciting yet dynamically challenging binary systems. In such systems it isn’t the exoplanets that might be most interest when looking for life, but their moons due to the additional tidal energy delivered. Little is known about real Earth like moons around giant planet...
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Saturn's rings, reminiscent of an early Solar system present a unique opportunity to investigate experimentally some mechanisms thought to be responsible for planet and planetesimal formation in protoplanetary discs. Here, we extended the comparison of our numerical models of Prometheus encountering the F ring employing non-interacting and interact...
Conference Paper
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Saturn is the only place in the Solar System that presents a ring system close enough to study by means of a spacecraft in situ. Saturn’s rings are reminiscent of an early Solar System and possibly many other young protoplanetary discs. This then gives rise to a unique opportunity to investigate experimentally some of the mechanisms and processes t...
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The F – ring is the most dynamic place In the Solar System consisting of ice particles in a constant battle between the gravitational forces of Saturn and its two Shepherd moons, Pandora and Prometheus producing wild dynamics. Previous studies of non-interacting particles showed that Prometheus generates structures and moonlets as observed in the F...
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Saturn rings are most beautiful and dynamic places in the solar system, consisting of ice particles in a constant battle between the gravitational forces of Saturn and its many moons. Fan, spiral, propellers, moonlets and streamer-channels observed by CASSINI in the F-ring have been attributed to encounters by Prometheus on the F ring, with investi...
Data
An encounter of Prometheus on the F ring
Data
Density plot during an initial encounter of Prometheus
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An encounter of Prometheus on the F ring over 4.5 orbital periods
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Density plot during an encounter with Prometheus over 4.5 orbital periods

Questions

Question (1)
Question
I have only found limited research of the stability of Earth mass Exomoons around large gas giants in circumbinary orbits. These predominately look at the habitability of such moons and the likelihood of them being captured smaller planets. However, with the recent discoveries of many Exoplanets in binary systems and directly detected Exorings, what can be said about the in-situ formation of moons in such systems? 

Projects

Projects (2)
Project
Goal is to investigate planetary ring stability around some known exoplanets. Earth mass exomoons offer opportunities to expand the habitable zone, thus increasing the places we can hope to find life in the universe. We hope to investigate rings around exoplanets to see if in-situ formation of moons is possible.
Archived project
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