Dr Emma Whelan

Experimental Physics

Associate Professor

Science Building
(01) 708 3863


Emma Whelan graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2001 with a BA in Physics with Astrophysics. From 2001 to 2005 she studied at the Dublin Institute for Advanced studies for a PhD in observational astronomy specialising in star formation and graduated with a PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 2005. She continued her work in this area at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies as part of the Marie Curie Research and Training Network JETSET from 2005 to 2009. In 2009 she was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship at the Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble and studied there until 2011. In 2012 she moved to the Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik Tübingen. In 2016 she was appointed as a lecturer in the Experimental Physics Department. Dr Whelan is also a research associate of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2023 Whelan, E.T.; Murphy, A.; Pascucci, I (2023) 'Optical Forbidden Emission Line Spectro-astrometry of T CrA: Evidence for a Multiple System and Multiple Jets'. Astrophysical Journal, . [DOI]
2023 Emma T. Whelan (2023) 'Are magnetized winds the architects of planetary systems?'. Nature Astronomy, . [DOI]
2023 Kirwan, A.; Manara, C.F.; Whelan, E.T.; Robberto, M.; McLeod, A.F.; Facchini, S.; Beccari, G.; Miotello, A.; Schneider, P.C.; Murphy, A.; Vicente, S. (2023) 'A spectacular jet from the bright 244-440 Orion proplyd: The MUSE NFM view'. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 673 . [Link] [DOI]
2022 Kirwan A.; Murphy A.; Schneider P.C.; Whelan E.T.; Dougados C.; Eislöffel J. (2022) 'The morphology of the HD 163296 jet as a window on its planetary system'. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 663 . [DOI]
2022 Huélamo N.; Chauvin G.; Mendigutía I.; Whelan E.; Alcalá J.M.; Cugno G.; Schmid H.M.; De Gregorio-Monsalvo I.; Zurlo A.; Barrado D.; Benisty M.; Quanz S.P.; Bouy H.; Montesinos B.; Beletsky Y.; Szulagyi J. (2022) 'Searching for Hα -emitting sources in the gaps of five transitional disks: SPHERE/ZIMPOL high-contrast imaging'. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 668 . [DOI]
2021 Murphy A.; Dougados C.; Whelan E.T.; Bacciotti F.; Coffey D.; Comerón F.; Eislöffel J.; Ray T.P. (2021) 'A MUSE spectro-imaging study of the Th 28 jet: Precession in the inner jet'. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 652 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2021 Whelan E.T.; Pascucci I.; Gorti U.; Edwards S.; Alexander R.D.; Sterzik M.F.; Melo C. (2021) 'Evidence for an MHD Disk Wind via Optical Forbidden Line Spectroastrometry'. Astrophysical Journal, 913 (1). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2020 Schneider, PC; Dougados, C; Whelan, ET; Eisloffel, J; Gunther, HM; Huelamo, N; Mendigutia, I; Oudmaijer, RD; Beck, TL (2020) 'Discovery of a jet from the single HAe/Be star HD 100546'. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 638 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2019 Cahill, E; Whelan, ET; Huelamo, N; Alcala, J (2019) 'UVES spectroscopy of T Chamaeleontis: line variability, mass accretion rate, and spectro-astrometric analysis'. Monthly Notices Of The Royal Astronomical Society, 484 :4315-4324. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2018 Huélamo N.; Chauvin G.; Schmid H.; Quanz S.; Whelan E.; Lillo-Box J.; Barrado D.; Montesinos B.; Alcalá J.; Benisty M.; Gregorio-Monsalvo I.; Mendigutía I.; Bouy H.; Merín B.; De Boer J.; Garufi A.; Pantin E. (2018) 'Searching for Hαemitting sources around MWC 758: SPHERE/ZIMPOL high-contrast imaging'. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 613 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2018 Whelan, ET; Riaz, B; Rouze, B (2018) 'The near-infrared outflow and cavity of the proto-brown dwarf candidate ISO-Oph 200'. Astronomy &Amp; Astrophysics, 610 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2017 Malacaria, C.; Kollatschny, W.; Whelan, E.; Santangelo, A.; Klochkov, D.; McBride, V.; Ducci, L. (2017) 'Optical spectroscopy of the Be/X-ray binary V850 Centauri/GX 304-1 during faint X-ray periodical activity'. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 603 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2017 Riaz, B.; Briceño, C.; Whelan, E. T.; Heathcote, S. (2017) 'First Large-scale Herbig–Haro Jet Driven by a Proto-brown Dwarf'. Astrophysical Journal, 844 (1). [Link] [DOI] [Full-Text]
2017 Bonnefoy, M.; Chauvin, G.; Dougados, C.; Kóspál, Á.; Benisty, M.; Duchêne, G.; Bouvier, J.; Garcia, P. J. V.; Whelan, E.; Antoniucci, S.; Podio, L. (2017) 'The 2008 outburst in the young stellar system Z CMa. III. Multi-epoch high-angular resolution images and spectra of the components in near-infrared'. Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 597 (id.A91). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2016 Kavanagh P.; Sasaki M.; Bozzetto L.; Points S.; Crawford E.; Dickel J.; Filipović M.; Haberl F.; Maggi P.; Whelan E.T. (2016) 'Two evolved supernova remnants with newly identified Fe-rich cores in the Large Magellanic Cloud'. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 586 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 Riaz, B; Thompson, M; Whelan, ET; Lodieu, N (2015) 'Very low-luminosity Class I/flat outflow sources in sigma Orionis'. Monthly Notices Of The Royal Astronomical Society, 446 :2550-2559. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 Kavanagh P.; Sasaki M.; Whelan E.T.; Maggi P.; Haberl F.; Bozzetto L.; Filipović M.; Crawford E. (2015) 'XMM-Newton observation of SNR J0533-7202 in the Large Magellanic Cloud'. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 579 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 Riaz B.; Whelan E. (2015) 'HH 1158: The LOWEST LUMINOSITY EXTERNALLY IRRADIATED HERBIG-HARO JET'. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 815 (2). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 Whelan E.T.; Huélamo N.; Alcalá J.; Lillo-Box J.; Bouy H.; Barrado D.; Bouvier J.; Merín B. (2015) 'Spectro-astrometry of LkCa 15 with X-Shooter: Searching for emission from LkCa 15b'. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 579 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2014 Whelan, ET; Bonito, R; Antoniucci, S; Alcala, JM; Giannini, T; Nisini, B; Bacciotti, F; Podio, L; Stelzer, B; Comeron, F (2014) 'ESO-H alpha 574 and Par-Lup 3-4 jets: Exploring the spectral, kinematical, and physical properties'. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 565 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2014 Whelan, ET; Alcala, JM; Bacciotti, F; Nisini, B; Bonito, R; Antoniucci, S; Stelzer, B; Biazzo, K; D'Elia, V; Ray, TP (2014) 'Accretion-ejection connection in the young brown dwarf candidate ISO-ChaI 217'. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 570 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2014 Whelan, ET (2014) 'Jets from young stars and brown dwarfs'. Astronomische Nachrichten, 335 :537-542. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2014 Whelan, ET; Ray, TP; Podio, L; Bacciotti, F; Randich, S (2014) 'CLASSICAL T TAURI-LIKE OUTFLOW ACTIVITY IN THE BROWN DWARF MASS REGIME (vol 706, pg 1054, 2009)'. Astrophysical Journal, 788 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2013 Giannini, T; Nisini, B; Antoniucci, S; Alcala, JM; Bacciotti, F; Bonito, R; Podio, L; Stelzer, B; Whelan, ET (2013) 'THE DIAGNOSTIC POTENTIAL OF Fe LINES APPLIED TO PROTOSTELLAR JETS'. Astrophysical Journal, 778 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2013 Joergens, V; Herczeg, G; Liu, Y; Pascucci, I; Whelan, E; Alcala, J; Biazzo, K; Costigan, G; Gully-Santiago, M; Henning, T; Natta, A; Rigliaco, E; Rodriguez-Ledesma, MV; Sicilia-Aguilar, A; Tottle, J; Wolf, S (2013) 'Disks, accretion and outflows of brown dwarfs'. Astronomische Nachrichten, 334 :159-163. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2013 Monin, JL; Whelan, ET; Lefloch, B; Dougados, C; de Oliveira, CA (2013) 'A molecular outflow driven by the brown dwarf binary FU Tauri'. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 551 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2012 Whelan, ET; Ray, TP; Comeron, F; Bacciotti, F; Kavanagh, PJ (2012) 'SPATIALLY RESOLVED OBSERVATIONS OF THE BIPOLAR OPTICAL OUTFLOW FROM THE BROWN DWARF 2MASS J12073347-3932540'. Astrophysical Journal, 761 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2011 Alcala, JM; Stelzer, B; Covino, E; Cupani, G; Natta, A; Randich, S; Rigliaco, E; Spezzi, L; Testi, L; Bacciotti, F; Bonito, R; Covino, S; Flaccomio, E; Frasca, A; Gandolfi, D; Leone, F; Micela, G; Nisini, B; Whelan, E (2011) 'An X-shooter survey of star forming regions: Low-mass stars and sub-stellar objects'. Astronomische Nachrichten, 332 :242-248. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2011 Davis, CJ; Cervantes, B; Nisini, B; Giannini, T; Takami, M; Whelan, E; Smith, MD; Ray, TP; Chrysostomou, A; Pyo, TS (2011) 'VLT integral field spectroscopy of embedded protostars: using near-infrared emission lines as tracers of accretion and outflow'. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 528 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2011 Bacciotti, F; Whelan, ET; Alcala, JM; Nisini, B; Podio, L; Randich, S; Stelzer, B; Cupani, G (2011) 'THE FIRST X-SHOOTER OBSERVATIONS OF JETS FROM YOUNG STARS'. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 737 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2010 Whelan E.T.; Dougados C.; Perrin M.D.; Bonnefoy M.; Bains I.; Redman M.P.; Ray T.P.; Bouy H.; Benisty M.; Bouvier J.; Chauvin G.; Garcia P.J.V.; Grankvin K.; Malbet F. (2010) 'The 2008 outburst in the young stellar system Z CMa: The first detection of twin jets'. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 720 (1 PART 2). [DOI]
2009 Whelan, ET; Ray, TP; Bacciotti, F (2009) 'UNCOVERING THE OUTFLOW DRIVEN BY THE BROWN DWARF LS-RCrA 1: H alpha AS A TRACER OF OUTFLOW ACTIVITY IN BROWN DWARFS'. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 691 :106-110. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2009 Whelan, ET; Ray, TP; Podio, L; Bacciotti, F; Randich, S (2009) 'CLASSICAL T TAURI-LIKE OUTFLOW ACTIVITY IN THE BROWN DWARF MASS REGIME'. Astrophysical Journal, 706 :1054-1068. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2007 Whelan, ET; Ray, TP; Randich, S; Bacciotti, F; Jayawardhana, R; Testi, L; Natta, A; Mohanty, S (2007) 'Discovery of a bipolar outflow from 2MASSW J1207334-393254, A 24 M-jup brown dwarf'. Astrophysical Journal, 659 :45-48. [Full-Text]
2006 Davis, CJ; Nisini, B; Takami, M; Pyo, TS; Smith, MD; Whelan, E; Ray, TP; Chrysostomou, A (2006) 'Adaptive-optics-assisted near-infrared spectroscopy of SVS 13 and its jet'. Astrophysical Journal, 639 :969-974. [Full-Text]
2005 Whelan E.; Ray T.; Bacciotti F.; Natta A.; Testi L.; Randich S. (2005) 'A resolved outflow of matter from a brown dwarf'. Nature, 435 (7042):652-654. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2004 Whelan, ET; Ray, TP; Davis, CJ (2004) 'Paschen beta emission as a tracer of outflow activity from T-Tauri stars, as compared to optical forbidden emission'. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 417 :247-261. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2003 Davis, CJ; Whelan, E; Ray, TP; Chrysostomou, A (2003) 'Near-IR echelle spectroscopy of Class I protostars: Mapping Forbidden Emission-line (FEL) regions in [FeII]'. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 397 :693-710. [DOI] [Full-Text]

Edited Book

Year Publication
2008 Bacciotti, Francesca; Testi, Leonardo; Whelan, Emma (Ed.). (2008) Jets from Young Stars II: Clues from High Angular Resolution Observations. Heidelberg, Germany: Lecture Notes in Physics Springer-Verlag, [Link]
2007 Ferreira, Jonathan; Dougados, Catherine; Whelan, Emma (Ed.). (2007) Jets from Young Stars I: Models and Constraints. Heidelberg, Germany: Lecture Notes in Physics Springer-Verlag,

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2008 Whelan, E; Garcia, P (2008) 'Spectro-astrometry: The Method, its Limitations, and Applications' In: JETS FROM YOUNG STARS II. BERLIN : SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN. [DOI]

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2004 Whelan, E. T. ; Ray, T. P. (2004) European Week of Astronomy Near-Infrared Studies of Outflows and Jets from Young Stellar Objects
2013 Joergens, V. ; Herczeg, G. ; Liu, Y. ; Pascucci, I. ; Whelan, E. ; Alcalá, J.; Biazzo, K. ; Costigan, G. ; Gully-Santiago, M.; Henning, Th. ; Natta, A. ; Rigliaco, E.; Rodríguez-Ledesma, M. V. ; Sicilia-Aguilar, A. ; Tottle, J. ; Wolf, S. (2013) CoolStars 17 Disks, accretion and outflows of brown dwarfs
2015 Monin, J. -L. ; Whelan, E. ; Lefloch, B. ; Dougados, C. (2015) 18th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems, and the Sun Molecular Outflows Driven by Young Brown Dwarfs And VLMs. New Clues from IRAM Interferometer Observations
2017 Cahill, E. ; Whelan, E. T. ; Huélamo, N. ; Alcalá, J. M. ; Rouzé, B. (2017) Francesco's legacy: Star formation in space and time Spectro astrometry of the Hα emission of T Cha
2017 Murphy, A. ; Whelan, E. ; Bacciotti, F.; Dougados, C. ; Ray, T. ; Coffey, D. ; Alcalá, J.; Garcia, P. ; Comerón, F. ; Eislöffel, J. (2017) Francesco's legacy: Star formation in space and time A combined MUSE / X-Shooter study of the TH28 jet
2014 Stelzer, B; Alcala, JM; Whelan, E; Scholz, A (2014) PHYSICS AT THE MAGNETOSPHERIC BOUNDARY Emission line diagnostics for accretion and outflows in young very low-mass stars and brown dwarfs [DOI] [Full-Text]
2011 Whelan, ET; Bacciotti, F; Ray, T; Dougados, C (2011) JETS AT ALL SCALES Brown dwarf jets: Investigating the universality of jet launching mechanisms at the lowest masses [DOI] [Full-Text]
2010 Malbet, F; Benisty, M; Dougados, C; Natta, A; Le Bouquin, JB; Massi, F; Bouvier, J; Grankin, K; Bonnefoy, M; Whelan, E (2010) OPTICAL AND INFRARED INTERFEROMETRY II The 2008-2009 outburst of the young binary system Z CMa unraveled by interferometry with high spectral resolution [DOI] [Full-Text]
2010 Garcia, PJV; Benisty, M; Rajabi, S; Dougados, C; Massi, F; Bacciotti, F; Le Bouquin, JB; Malbet, F; Berger, JP; Podio, L; Renard, S; Whelan, E (2010) OPTICAL AND INFRARED INTERFEROMETRY II The hydrogen emission of young stellar objects: key science for next-generation instruments and facilities [DOI]
2006 Whelan, ET; Ray, TP; Bacciotti, F; Jayawardhana, R (2006) NEW ASTRONOMY REVIEWS Probing outflow activity in very low mass stars and brown dwarfs [DOI] [Full-Text]

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2003 Davis, Chris ; Ray, Tom; Whelan, Emma (2003) Star Formation at High Angular Resolution Probing Emission-Line Regions at the Bases of YSO Jets Sydney, Australia, .
2005 Davis, C. J. ; Nisini, B. ; Takami, M.; Pyo, T. S.; Smith, M. D. ; Whelan, E. ; Ray, T. P; Chrysostomou, A. (2005) Protostars and Planets V Adaptive-Optics Assisted Near-IR Spectroscopy of SVS 13 and Its Jet Hawaii, .
2005 Whelan, E. T. ; Ray, T. P. ; Bacciotti, F. ; Natta, A. ; Testi, L. ; Randich, S. (2005) Protostars and Planets V Spectro-Astrometry as a Probe of Outflow Activity in Brown Dwarfs Hawaii, .
2013 Whelan, Emma ; Ray, Tom; Comeron, Fernando ; Bacciotti, Francesca ; Kavanagh, Patrick (2013) Protostars and Planets VI Investigating Proper Motions in the 2M1207A Jet Heidelberg, Germany, .
2013 Giannini, Teresa; Nisini, Brunella; Antoniucci, Simone; Alcala, Juan; Bacciotti, Francesca; Bonito, Rosaria; Podio, Linda; Stelzer, Beate ; Whelan, Emma (2013) Protostars and Planets VI The diagnostic capability of iron lines Heidelberg, Germany, .
2014 Whelan, E. ; Kavanagh, P. ; Sasaki, M. ; Haberl, F. ; Maggi, P. ; Filipović, M.; Bozzetto, L. ; Crawford, E. (2014) The X-ray Universe 2014 XMM-Newton observations of the newly confirmed X-ray supernova remnants 1RXS J053353.6-720404 and [HP99] 1139 in the Large Magellanic Cloud Dublin, .

Magazine Article

Year Publication
2010 Whelan, ET; Ray, TP; Bacciotti, F; Podio, L; Randich, S (2010) Classical T Tauri-like Outflow Activity in the Brown Dwarf Mass Regime. CAMBRIDGE: [Magazine Article] [DOI] [Full-Text]
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