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Dr. Aaron Labdon


Research fellow/support astronomer based at the European Southern Observatory. I specialise in optical interferometry at CHARA and VLTI and serve as the GRAVITY instrument fellow. My research interests are young stellar objects and their inner protoplanetary disks. I have a particular passion for extreme accretion outbursts from FU Orionis type objects.



PhD Astrophysics 2017/07 - 2021/06: University of Exeter Exeter, UK

  • Advisors: Prof. Stefan Kraus & Prof. Tim Harries

  • Title: The Inner Astronomical Unit of Protoplanetary Disks

BSc & Masters in Physics with Astrophysics 2013/08 - 2017/05: University of Aberystwyth Aberystwyth, UK

  • Thesis Supervisors: Dr. Anthony Cook & Dr. Florian Kirchslager

  • Thesis Title: Modelling of Single Dust Grain Motions within Debris Disks

  • BSc Dissertation Title: Differential Solar Spectroscopic Imaging


ESO Fellowship 2021/08 - present: European Southern Observatory Santiago, Chile

  • 4-year fellowship position, 50% science/50% duty work supporting Paranal observatory, specifically VLTI

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