I am a 3rd year Fulbright and Leifur Eiríksson Foundation fellow doing a PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics at Penn State University. I work with Suvrath Mahadevan (and so many other awesome team members) on the Habitable Zone Planet Finder (HPF) instrument, a near infrared ultra-stabilized spectrograph for the 10m class Hobby Eberly Telescope. In parallel, we are currently working on a design concept for the NN-EXPLORE Extreme Precision Doppler Spectrograph (EPDS) for the 3.5m WIYN telescope, whose main mission is to do extremely precise RV follow-up for future TESS targets.
My research up until now has focused on building, assembling, and testing various aspects of the HPF Environmental Control System, a system which has demonstrated sub-milli-Kelvin stability over more than two weeks. More about that in future posts.
I am enthusiastic about outreach. I am an active writer for Astrobites, and the HPF blog. When I have time, I enjoy making astronomy related youtube videos—see some of them on the HPF youtube channel! Most of them are related to HPF, illustrating the process of instrument building for astronomy.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to drop me a line.
This blog is not an official Department of State website, and the views and information presented here are my own and do not represent the Fulbright Program or the Department of State.
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email: gws5257 [at] psu.edu
09 March 2015 Installing a CDK24 Telescope at Penn State
06 December 2014 A Day in Pittsburgh
12 November 2014 HET trip - Results
11 November 2014 HET trip - day 1
01 October 2014 Black Moshannon State Park Observing
29 September 2014 HPF MLI blanket fabrication
19 September 2014 MLI Blankets
11 August 2014 HPF subsystem assembly
21 July 2014 Astrofest 2014
13 June 2014 HPF - Keeping it cool