Mirek Brandt

Astrophysicist and Astronomer

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara


About me

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California Santa Barbara. My research is primarily in two subfields: instrumentation and data analysis for exoplanets; and exoplanet characterization. I am developing the software pipeline for high precision radial velocities with Las Cumbres Observatory's Network of Robotic Echelle Spectrographs. With NRES, we measure the velocities of stars through the doppler shift, with precision comparable to a brisk jog: 3 meters per second. My work is integral to the daily, automatic calibration of the instruments and the processing of hundreds of science observations each week.

My other interest is measuring the motions of stars through the sky by combining data from the Hipparcos and Gaia missions. Relevant publications for both my research avenues can be found in my publications, either through NASA ADS, the ArXiv, or here.

I develop software to accomplish most of my research. I have released python packages to analyze Gaia and Hipparcos data, and a software package to calibrate echelle spectrographs like NRES.

I write fiction in my free time.