Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
University of Rochester
Artist's conception of
J1407 eclipsing ring system
by Ron Miller
Physics & Astronomy Department
UR Physics & Astronomy Major & Minor
Advice for students
PHY & AST courses
UR Physics & Astro Visitor's Info
Mees Observatory Summer Tours
AST 111: The Solar System and Its Origin
Stellar Color/Teff Table
MK Spectral Type Notes
Notes on the Sun
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IAU 258 (The Ages of Stars)
Astronomy research at UR
: My primary research interests are the formation and evolution of exoplanets and stars in our Galactic neighborhood. My recent and on-going research projects and collaborations involve quantifying and trying to understand the
dusty debris disks
around normal stars, improving distance and
estimates to astrophysically interesting
substellar, and planetary systems
, and surveys to image
to nearby stars in the near- and thermal infrared. I also recently discovered a
nearby young stellar groups
in the solar neighborhood within a few hundred parsecs of the Sun, and I am interested in investigating the
recent star-formation history and kinematics
of the solar neighborhood and what it can inform us about star-formation mechanisms.
Planetary science research at UR
: UR faculty in the Physics & Astronomy (PAS) department and Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) department are collaborating on planetary science research. I am collaborating with UR professor
on constraining the
interaction between the Earth's magnetic dynamo and the early Sun (during the first billion years)
. With UR professor
, our groups have been recently working on trying to discover
circumplanetary "moon-forming" disks and extrasolar ring systems
I am currently the undergraduate adviser for Physics & Astronomy majors at UR, and member of the department's undergraduate advising and curriculum committee, and strategic planning committees. I was awarded the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2012. During 2011-2012, I was telescope scientist for the
Blanco 4-meter telescope
Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory
in Chile, where I helped manage the
f/8 mirror recovery effort
and assisted with the
Dark Energy Camera (DECam)
. I currently run an active research group at University of Rochester involving students and postdocs.
"HD 106906 b: A Planetary-Mass Companion Outside a Massive Debris Disks"
Bailey, Meshkat, Reiter, Morzinski, Males, Su, Hinz, Kenworthy, Stark, Mamajek, Briguglio, Close, Follette, Puglisi, Rodigas, Weinberger, Xompero (2014, ApJ Letters, in press; arxiv:/1312.1265)
Figure of separation vs. mass for known exoplanet candidates showing HD 106906b
"Ages of Young Stars"
Soderblom, Hillenbrand, Jeffries, Mamajek, & Naylor (2014, review chapter for "Protostars & Planets VI", in press; arXiv:1311.7024)
"The Solar Neighborhood XXX. Fomalhaut C"
Mamajek, Bartlett, Seifahrt, Henry, Dieterich, Lurie, Kenworthy, Jao, Riedel, Subasavage, Winters, Finch, Ianna, & Bean (2013, AJ, 146, 154)
"The Kappa Andromedae System: New Constraints on the Companion Mass, System Age & Further Multiplicity"
Hinkley et al. (2014, ApJ, in press; arxiv:1309.3372
"Intrinsic Colors, Temperatures, and Bolometric Corrections of Pre-Main Sequence Stars"
Pecaut & Mamajek (2013, ApJS, 208, 9)
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"A Kine-Chemical Investigation of the AB Dor Moving Group 'Stream'"
Barenfeld, Bubar, Mamajek, & Young (2013, ApJ, 766, 6)
"Planetary Construction Zones in Occultation: Discovery of an Extrasolar Ring System Transiting a Young Sun-like Star and Future Prospects for Detecting Eclipses by Circumsecondary and Circumplanetary Disks"
Mamajek, Quillen, Pecaut, Moolekamp, Scott, Kenworthy, Collier Cameron, & Parley (2012, AJ, 143, 72):
How can we find and constrain the origins of extrasolar moons? The disks they form from can eclipse stars!
"On the Age and Binarity of Fomalhaut"
Mamajek (2012, ApJ, 754, L20):
The famous debris disk and exoplanet host star Fomalhaut is twice as old as previously thought: ~440 million years old.
"A Revised Age for Upper Scorpius and the Star Formation History among the F-type Members of the Scorpius-Centaurus OB Association"
Pecaut, Mamajek, & Bubar (2012, ApJ, 746, 154)
"Discovery of a Faint Companion to Alcor Using MMT/AO 5 um Imaging"
Mamajek, Kenworthy, Hinz, & Meyer (2010, AJ, 139, 919)
"Initial Conditions of Planet Formation: Lifetimes of Primordial Disks"
Mamajek (2009, AIPC, 1158, 3)
"Improved Age Estimation for Solar-Type Dwarfs Using Activity-Rotation Diagnostics"
Mamajek & Hillenbrand (2008, ApJ, 687, 1264)
"On the distance to the Ophiuchus star-forming region"
Mamajek (2008, AN, 329, 10)
"An Improbable Solution to the Underluminosity of 2M1207B: A Hot Protoplanet Collision Afterglow"
Mamajek & Meyer (2007, ApJ, 668, L175)
"A Moving Cluster Distance to the Exoplanet 2M1207b in the TW Hydrae Association"
Mamajek (2005, ApJ, 634, 1385)
"Constraining the Lifetime of Circumstellar Disks in the Terrestrial Planet Zone: A Mid-Infrared Survey of the 30 Myr old Tucana-Horologium Association"
Mamajek, Meyer, Hinz, et al. (2004, ApJ, 612, 496)
"Post-T Tauri Stars in the Nearest OB Association"
Mamajek, Meyer, & Liebert (2002, AJ, 124, 1670)
"The Dispersal of Young Stars and the Greater Sco-Cen Association"
Mamajek & Feigelson (2001, ASPC, 244, 104)
"The Eta Chamaeleontis Cluster: Origin in the Sco-Cen OB Association"
Mamajek, Lawson, & Feigelson (2000, ApJ, 544, 356)
"The Eta Chamaeleontis Cluster: A Remarkable New Nearby Young Open Cluster"
Mamajek, Lawson, & Feigelson (1999, ApJ, 516, L77)
Current student and postdoctoral collaborators affiliated with UR
: UR PhD student
Fred Moolekamp: UR PhD student
Manuel Olmedo: INAOE PhD student visiting UR
Molly Finn: UR class of 2016 (2013 REU program - 2013)
Jonathan Strumpf: UR class of 2015 (UR REU program - 2013)
Tanveer Karim: UR class of 2016
Dave Cameron: UR
Past students and postdoc collaborators
Susana Acosta: UR class of 2012
: UR class of 2012 (now PhD student in Astronomy - Caltech)
Matt Bourque: class of 2011 (Florida Tech) (2010 UR REU program)
: postdoc (PhD 2009 Clemson; now assistant professor Physics - Marymount University)
: UR class of 2012 (now PhD student in Physics - University of Washington)
Dilyana Mihaylova: UR class of 2013
Duy Cuong Nguyen
: postdoc (PhD 2009 U. Toronto; now Research Associate - Univ. Toronto)
: UR PhD class of 2013 (now Assistant Professor - Rockhurst University)
Andrew Roberts: SUNY-Geneseo class of 2015 (UR REU program - 2013)
Alex Shvonski: UR MSc class of 2009 (now PhD student in Physics - Boston College)
: UR class of 2011 (now PhD student in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences - Univ. of Colorado, Boulder)
Fan Wu: UR class of 2014