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  • New paper: mass loss rates and a luminosity function for Andromeda red supergiants!

    New UW Massive Stars research group paper alert! This paper was led by graduate student Kathryn Neugent and tackles the challenging question of whether we’re properly modeling the mass loss rates of red supergiants (which can be extremely complex!) and accurately predicting their physical properties as a result. Kathryn used careful observations of red supergiants in the Andromeda Galaxy to […]
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  • New paper: a candidate colliding-wind binary in M33!

    There’s a new paper from members of the UW Massive Stars research group, this time on the discovery of a strange binary system in the galaxy M33! Led by former UW graduate student (and current postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arkansas) Kristen Garofali, this paper describes optical and X-ray observations of a strange object first discovered in archival Chandra […]
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  • New paper: characterizing MANY new RSG+B star binaries

    Check out the latest paper from the UW Massive Stars research group! This is the next paper in a series by second-year graduate student Kathryn Neugent. In her first paper she presented a photometric method for detecting red supergiants with binary companions. Here she applies her method to RSG samples, spectroscopically tests the results, and detects 87 new RSGs, ALL […]
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  • 2019 Cottrell Scholar

    I’m very excited about today’s announcement that I’ve been selected as a 2019 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement. The award recognizes “leaders in integrating science teaching and research” in the fields in chemistry, astronomy, and physics with a grant to support our continued research and teaching efforts. It’s a great honor to be in the company […]
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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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