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  • New paper: atomic line diagnostics in red supergiants

    There’s another new paper from the UW Massive Stars research group! This one is led by UW undergraduate student Brooke Dicenzo and studies the utility of Ti, Fe, and Ca absorption lines as tools for determine temperature and other parameters in red supergiants. The physics of these stars’ atmospheres gets pretty complex and Brooke’s work has demonstrated that the Ti and […]
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  • Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage

    Today I was so incredibly honored to receive the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage from Trinity University’s Philosophical Society. They’re the world’s oldest student society and the Honorary Patronage is an international award that they grant to people “based on their significant contribution in their respective fields”. Some of the past recipients that they listed in the award letter include Joe […]
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  • New paper: studying massive stars with TESS!

    The latest paper from the UW Massive Stars research group is focused on the evolved massive stars in the TESS dataset! Led by Trevor Dorn-Wallenstein along with myself and UW postdoc Jim Davenport, the paper examines the two-minute (!) cadence lightcurves of fascinating evolved massive stars such as yellow supergiants and LBVs, and is a first exploration of the fascinating stellar […]
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  • UW Massive Stars group at AAS 233!

    AAS 233 was last week, right here in Seattle! This meant that a whole heap of awesome current/former members of the UW Massive Stars research group presented talks or posters including: Current USNA faculty member and former UW postdoc Jamie Lomax presented a poster on High Contrast Coronagraphic Imaging of Two RSG Stars. Current University of Arkansas postdoc and recent […]
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  • New paper: near-IR photometry of red supergiants with JWST!

    There’s another new paper from the UW Massive Stars research group! This paper is the first in a series presenting my research on the IR spectra of RSGs and developing techniques for observing them and determining their physical properties with JWST. This first installment is focused on simulating future near-IR photometry of RSGs with NIRSpec on JWST, and quantifies photometry-based methods […]
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