Project Overview

Orbitally-modulated Accretion/Outflow Activity and Spot Evolution in Young Sun-like Stars

Faculty Sponsor

Jeff Bary (


Physics and Astronomy


A growing database of high-resolution optical and moderate-resolution near-infrared spectra form the basis of a multi-pronged approach to understanding the evolution of young Sun-like stars and determining the impact of large stellar spots on the age determinations for young stars. Students will collect, process, and analyze these spectra to develop simple models of orbtially-modulated accretion activity in these systems as well as constrain the sizes and temperatures of large cool spots that reside on the surfaces of the stars in these systems. Student will learn the basics of optical and infrared spectroscopy and become familiar with the standard data reduction tools and software.

Student Qualifications

Student need to have completed ASTR 210 and have basic computer language skills with Python or comparable language.

Number of Student Researchers

2 students

Project Length

8 weeks

Applications open on 01/05/2018 and close on 02/05/2018

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