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Dr. Joseph Carson
Associate Professor
Office: 305 RHSC
Phone: (843) 953-3643

Email: carsonjc@cofc.edu

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Joe Carson
                                                           


- Research -

You may click on some of the images below to see more information on individual research projects.



Current Research Team

Blake Mino (NASA Palmetto Fellow, NASA USRF Fellow, Sigma Xi GIAR Recipient):   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

Stanley McAfee:  A Novel 3D Imaging Technique for Cancer Diagnoses

Dereck Morgado:   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

Rafael Hurtado (Sigma Xi GIAR Recipient):   Exoplanet Studies with the Subaru SEEDS Survey


Research Group August 2018 Research Group August 2018
Research Group August 2018 Research Group August 2018
Research Team -- August 2018
Shown members, upper left to upper right: Elyana Crowder, David Melnick, me, Lucy Williamson, and Will Ceva.
Shown members, lower left to lower right: Maxwell Rabe, Blake Mino, and Dereck Morgado.
Other members, not shown: Aly Nida, and Rafael Hurtado.





Current Projects


Spectroscopic and photometric monitoring of stellar activity.

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

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 affecting factors important for habitability.




3D medical imaging device  3D image of cervix 
Medical Imaging Instrumentation
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.



Super-Jupiter Discovery

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

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.




Spitzer Space Telescope  Hubble in Orbit 
Planet and Disk Imaging with the Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes
I and collaborators use data from the
Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope to image extrasolar planets and circumstellar disks.





Past Team Members
Elyana Crowder (SURF Fellow, MAYS Fellow):   Investigating the Impact of Episodic Stellar Activity on Planet Formation and Evolution
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 2018 research is funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation, and Pensievision C-Corp.


College of Charleston, Department of Physics & Astronomy,  58 Coming St., Charleston, SC 29424
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August 2018