Project Overview

Constraining the Spotted Nature of Young Low-Mass Stars

Faculty Sponsor

Jeff Bary (


Physics and Astronomy


The effects of cool star spots on the evolution of young sun-like stars is only now beginning to be exoplored by the star formation community. Their impact on the observable characteristics such as the effective temperatures and luminosities of these young stars is the focus of this work. Using moderate resolution optical and near-infrared spectra, we can constrain the effects of the spots on these fundamental characteristics and better determine the evolutionary statuses, masses, and ages for the stars.

Student Qualifications

Students should have had a basic introduction to Python programming and observational techniques such as ASTR 312.

Number of Student Researchers

2 students

Project Length

8 weeks

Applications open on 10/03/2023 and close on 02/28/2024

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