Mirek Brandt

NSF 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 of exoplanet instrumentation and science. 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 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 or the ArXiv.

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

I occasionally write fiction and I love coffee.