Brandon Kelly

Brandon undertook an integrated masters degree in Astrophysics at Aberystwyth University in 2013. Over the four years he was there, Brandon completed a dissertation on a simplified form of Quantum Computing known as Boson Sampling in which he derived a scaling factor to account for realistic errors, a minor project on theoretical Black Hole physics in which he re-derived the Schwarzschild metric from first principles as well as following the work of Chandrasekhar to complete the prediction of the existence of Black Holes. In addition to the written projects, Brandon also spent his final semester abroad working at UNIS, the northernmost University centre in the world, located on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. While there, he worked closely with a highly regarded research team looking into ionospheric physics, and the aurora borealis using the EISCAT Svalbard radar, and the Kjell Henriksen Observatory.

In 2017, Brandon graduated from Aberystwyth with a first class honours MPhys degree in astrophysics. He is currently based in the Astrophysics Research Institute at Liverpool John Moore's University working on a PhD looking into Intra-Cluster Light, the diffuse medium of stars stripped from cluster galaxies by tidal forces. After answering what questions he can with the data currently available, Brandon will begin working with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, an 8.4 meter reflecting telescope with first light scheduled for 2019. Brandon will be working both with the data itself, and the pipeline which processes the data.



Simulations of low surface brightness galaxy emission recovery from LSST