I am a research fellow of the Royal Commission
for the Exhibition of 1851 located at Leicester University.
My research focuses on very hot (pre-) white dwarfs. The spectral
analysis of these stars allows us to obtain a better understanding of the late, hot stages of stellar
evolution. In particular, I am keen to improve our knowledge on the formation
of H-deficent stars, which represent the endproducts of about 20% of all intermediate mass
(sun-like) stars. Moreover, hot (pre-) white dwarfs serves as powerful
galactic and cosmological probes. For example, they potentally allow us to
detect a gravitational field effect on the fine structure constant α,
and to investigate the properties of weakly interacting particles emitted in
the core of hot white dwarfs.