Research

A uniform reanalysis of HST Exoplanet Atmsopheres --- A UV to IR Transmission Spectrum of WASP-69 b --- coming soon!

Binning is Sinning: The case of atmospheric retrievals and JWST/NIRSpec PRISM --- coming soon!

ACCESS: Transmission Spectrum of hot Saturn HATS-5 b --- coming soon!

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The Formation of Earth's Largest Impact Crater

The Vredefort crater is Earth's largest verified impact crater. Though it is quite old (2.023 billion years old) and thus has gone through extensive erosion, it was believed to originally have a diameter of 250-300 km. I used iSALE, a shock physics impact code, to simulate the impactor that created the crater. Our finding of --  (waiting for publication!) was in disagreement with past simulation results, but is a better fit to the characteristics found in the crater.

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Star Formation and Stellar Outflows: Characterizing NGC 1333 and HH 7-11

NGC 1333 is likely the largest nearby star formation region (d~300 pc). As common in active star formation areas, contained within it are a number of Herbig Haro (HH) objects, tracing the stellar outflows of young stellar objects. HH 7-11 is a particularly striking and famous example, and is the subject of the study. I used Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescope observations to study these objects in detail, and using the MAPPINGS shock simulation program I determined the outflow characteristics of the HH 7-11 shock. Using this information, we estimated the total energy and momentum feedback from the outflow, which will eventually be done for all outflows in NGC 1333 in an attempt to determine the eventual fate of the natal cloud.