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Dr. Joseph Carson
Associate Professor
Office: 212 JCL
Phone: (843) 953-3643


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Joe Carson

- About Me -

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the College of Charleston.  My main research focus is the direct imaging of extrasolar planets and circumstellar disks. I also work on developing novel image processing tools for both astronomical and medical imaging applications.  I received my B.A. from Pomona College and my M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. You may find more information by clicking on the links on the left.

My Research: recent discoveries

Discovery Images of Kap And b and GJ 504 b.

The above frames show new extrasolar planets discovered by collaborators and me using infrared imaging on the Subaru 8-meter Telescope in Mauna Kea, Hawaii.  The left tile displays a 'Super-Jupiter' orbiting around the high mass star Kappa Andromedae.  The Super-Jupiter was first identified
by CofC students Thea Kozakis and Laura Stevens.  The discovery represents the most massive star ever known to show evidence of 'normal' planet formation, and is published in Carson et al. (2013, Astrophysical Journal, 764, 183).  The tile on the right shows the newly discovered planet GJ 504 b, orbiting around its Sun-like parent star.  The Jupiter-like planet is the lowest mass and coldest temperature planet ever imaged around a Sun-like star.  The discovery is published in Kuzuhara, ..., Carson, et al. (2013, Astrophysical Journal, 774, 11).   

My Research: other recent work
Research - 4 panel

College of Charleston, Department of Physics & Astronomy,  9 Liberty St., Charleston, SC 29424
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4 January 2016