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Started Postdoc Position at Mississippi State University

16 December 2015 - I have just started a postdoctoral position at Mississippi State University to work on developing the Starchive Open Access Stellar and Planetary Database with Dr. Angelle Tanner.

 

PhD Thesis Has Been Accepted! I Now Have My PhD!

08 April 2015 - I now officially have my PhD in astrophysics. My thesis is titled: 'Measuring the Spin-Orbit Alignments of Extrasolar Planets'. It will appear on arXiv soon.

 

Paper on the Spin-Orbit Alignments of Two Planetary Systems Submitted to ApJ

05 April 2015 - Paper on the measurements of the spin-orbit alignments of two Hot Jupiters systems has been submitted to ApJ. Watch out for it.

 

PhD Thesis Submitted!

27 September 2014 - I have just recently submitted my PhD thesis on 'Measuring the Spin-Orbit Alignments of Extrasolar Planets'.

 

Awarded 2 Nights on Magellan MagAO to Continue Stellar Companion Survey

27 September 2014 - Graeme Salter, Brett Addison, Chris Tinney, and Laird Close have been awarded 2 nights on the Magellan Telescope using the MagAO adaptive optics system in Chile for 'Determining the Origin of Spin-Orbit Misaligned Hot Jupiter Systems' coming up in November. Our team will continue the search for stellar companions around Hot-Jupiter systems to determine if they are the primary cause of the observed spin-orbit misalignments.

 

Results from the Search for Stellar Companions Around Hot Jupiters using MagAO Coming Soon

27 September 2014 - Paper on the results from the search for stellar companions around Hot Jupiter systems with measured spin-orbit angles is coming soon. Keep a watch out for it.

 

A Spin-Orbit Alignment for the Hot Jupiter HATS-3b

27 September 2014 - Paper on spin-orbit alignment of HATS-3b has now been accepted and published in ApJ. The arXiv paper can be viewed here or the published ApJ version can be obtained here.

 

New Spin-Orbit Alignment Paper Coming Soon

08 March 2014 - Paper on spin-orbit alignment of another Hot Jupiter coming soon. Keep a watch out for it.

 

Planets in Spin-Orbit Misalignment and the Search for Stellar Companions

08 March 2014 - A conference proceedings paper that I recently wrote will be published in the peer-reviewed proceedings of the 13th annual Australian Space Science Conference. The paper is about the recently published polar orbit of WASP-79b, the various mechanisms producing Hot Jupiters with high obliquities, and testing the Kozai mechanism by searching for stellar companions associated with misaligned Hot Jupiter systems here.

 

Awarded 1 night on Magellan

27 November 2013 - Graeme Salter, Brett Addison, Chris Tinney, and Laird Close have been awarded 1 night on the Magellan Telescope in Chile for 'Determining the Origin of Spin-Orbit Misaligned Hot Jupiter Systems'. Our team will search for stellar companions around Hot-Jupiter systems to determine if they are the primary cause of spin-orbit misalignments.

 

ABC Science article on the polar orbit of WASP-79b

23 August 2013 - Australian national broadcaster Stuart Gary of ABC Science interviewed me on my recently published result for the polar orbit of WASP-79b. Check out the written article here or audio broadcast here.

 

WASP-79 paper has been accepted for publication in ApJ Letters!

2 August 2013 - My paper has been accepted in ApJ Letters and the final version will be available soon after publication in ApJ Letters.

 

A Nearly Polar Orbit for the Extrasolar Hot Jupiter WASP-79b

8 June 2013 - Our group has measured the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect for WASP-79 and determined it is in a nearly polar orbit. Check out the paper here.

 

New HATSouth paper on the detection of HATS-3b!

5 June 2013 - A paper on the 3rd planet discovered by the HATSouth group. Check out the paper here.

 

Second planet detected by HATSouth!

8 April 2013 - Second planet discovered by the HATSouth team has now been published. Check out the paper here.

 

First planet HATSouth has detected!

31 January 2013 - The first planet the HATSouth team has detected is now published in the Astronomical Journal. Many more planets await to be discovered by the HATSouth global network of ground-based telescopes searching for transiting planets. The paper can be accessed from here.