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2020 Project Proposal

Spectroscopic variability in protoplanetary disks

Colette Salyk (Astronomy)

The URSI student will perform observational studies of planet forming regions around young stars.  In particular, they will analyze spectra of protoplanetary disks, previously obtained with the Keck telescope, to search for evidence of variability.  If found, the properties of this variability will be characterized to determine its physical cause.  A particularly exciting possibility is that there may be variability caused by the presence of a young planet in the disk.  The URSI student may also participate in scientific observations and/or outreach at the Class of 1951 observatory.

Students should have taken ASTR 220 and ASTR 230.  Preference will be given to students who have also taken ASTR 240 and/or ASTR 330.

How should students express interest in this project? 
All interested students should send me an email, so we can discuss the project in person.

This is a 10 week project running from May 27-July 31