Research Team:


Current:

Katrina Bynum (SURF Fellow):  A CubeSat Feasibility Study for Monitoring Episodic Stellar Activity
Aly Nida:  Computational Modeling of Irradiated Exoplanet Atmospheres
Stanley McAfee:  A Novel 3D Imaging Technique for Cancer Diagnoses
Kevin Gainey:  A Novel 3D Imaging Technique for Cancer Diagnoses


Current Projects:

Investigations into the Impact of Episodic Stellar Activity on Planet Formation and Evolution:


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I and collaborators carry out observational monitoring studies of young stars, and combine the resulting data with computational simulations, to better understand how short-term (like on the order of days or weeks) stellar activity can impact orbiting planets, including factors important for habitability.


Medical Imaging Instrumentation:


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Borrowing many strategies from astronomical imaging, I lead the development of novel medical imaging instrumentation, such as the one shown in the left frame, to achieve low-cost, single snapshot 3D imaging, for helping prevent terminal cancers in underserved regions of the world.



Direct Imaging of Extrasolar Planets and Circumstellar Disks with Large Ground-Based Telescopes:


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I work as a part of several observational surveys that use infrared adaptive optics imaging, on telescopes such as the Subaru 8-meter in Hawaii and VLT 8-meter in Chile, to search nearby stars for orbiting extrasolar planets and circumstellar disks



Planet and Disk Imaging with the Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes:


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  I and collaborators use data from the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope to image extrasolar planets and circumstellar disks.



Research Team Photo Archive:




Past Team Members:


Blake Mino (NASA Palmetto Fellow, NASA USRF Fellow, Sigma Xi GIAR Recipient): Investigating the Impact of Episodic Stellar Activity on Planet Formation and Evolution
Dereck Morgado: Investigating the Impact of Episodic Stellar Activity on Planet Formation and Evolution
Will Ceva (NASA Palmetto Fellow):  Investigating the Impact of Episodic Stellar Activity on Planet Formation and Evolution
Lucy Williamson (SURF Fellow): Investigating the Impact of Episodic Stellar Activity on Planet Formation and Evolution
David Melnick (NASA USRF Fellow, SURF Fellow, MAYS Fellow):  A Novel 3D Imaging Technique for Cancer Diagnoses; Exoplanet Imaging With the Hubble Space Telescope
Elyana Crowder (SURF Fellow, MAYS Fellow): Investigating the Impact of Episodic Stellar Activity on Planet Formation and Evolution
Rafael Hurtado (Sigma Xi GIAR Recipient):   Exoplanet Studies with the Subaru SEEDS Survey
Maxwell Rabe (SURF Fellow):  A Novel 3D Imaging Technique for Cancer Diagnoses
Lennart Langouche:   A Fiber-Based Liquid Lens Endoscope
Jerson Huerfano:   Exoplanet Imaging with the Hubble Space Telescope
Vianny Estrada:   Spectroscopic Monitoring of Young Stars with Circumstellar Disks, to Investigate the Impact of Stellar Activity on Planet Formation and Evolution
Wendell Roberson:   Exoplanet Studies with the Subaru SEEDS Survey
Adam Fletcher:   Exoplanet Imaging with the Hubble Space Telescope
Ariane McKiernan (HHMI Fellow):  A Novel 3D Imaging Technique for Cancer Diagnoses
Hannah Wilson (SURF Fellow, AYRA Recipient):  A Novel 3D Imaging Technique for Cancer Diagnoses
Clay Gardner:  Imaging Exoplanets and Disks with the Hubble Space Telescope
Jameson Sanders (HHMI Fellow):  Imaging Exoplanets and Disks with the Hubble Space Telescope
Laura Stevens (NASA USRF Fellow):  Exoplanet Studies with the Subaru SEEDS Survey
Benjamin Wilson (Boeing Scholar, MAYS Fellow):  Imaging Exoplanets and Disks with the Hubble Space Telescope
Nathan Gunzenhauser:  Exoplanet Studies with the Subaru SEEDS Survey
Zachary Griggs: Imaging Exoplanets and Disks with the Hubble Space Telescope
Kellen Lawson (MAYS Fellow, SURF Fellow):  Exoplanet Studies with the Subaru SEEDS Survey
David McDaniel: A Novel 3D Imaging Technique for Cancer Diagnoses
Brittany Yeager: Imaging Exoplanets and Disks with the Hubble Space Telescope
Kara Perrino: The Hubble Exoplanet Classroom
Kevin Gainey (Boeing Scholar): Brown Dwarfs Around Radial Velocity Planet System
Thea Kozakis (MAYS Fellow, SURF Fellow):  Searching for Exoplanets and Disks with Hubble Space Telescope Imaging
David Ruwadi: The Hubble Exoplanet Classroom
J. Alex Greene: Brown Dwarfs Around Radial Velocity Planet Systems
Jesica Trucks:  Monte Carlo Orbital Studies with the Subaru SEEDS Survey
Andrei Zorilescu:  Lucky Imaging with the College of Charleston Observatory
Palmer Wong:  Exoplanet Studies with the Subaru SEEDS Survey
John Bent:  Brown Dwarfs Around Radial Velocity Planet Systems
Carolin Schnupp: Brown Dwarfs Around Radial Velocity Planet Systems
Michael Blaschak: An Adaptive Optics Survey of Sub-stellar Companions to TPF Candidate Targets
Gregorio Villar: An Adaptive Optics Survey of Sub-stellar Companions to TPF Candidate Targets
Kyle Hiner: A Distance-Limited Imaging Survey of Sub-Stellar Companions to Solar Neighborhood Stars
Lilit Abramyan: Palomar Hale Telescope Adaptive Optics Instrumentation
Jeffrey Smith (JPlus Scholar): A Monte Carlo Population Study of Wide Separation Brown Dwarf Companions to Main Sequence Stars




Funding: my 2020 research is funded by NASA SC Space Grant, South Carolina IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (SC INBRE), South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), American Astronomical Society (AAS), and Pensievision C-Corp.


College of Charleston, Department of Physics & Astronomy,  58 Coming St., Charleston, SC 29424
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October 2020