NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (Exo-PAG) Executive Committee member, 2012-2015

TESS Target Selection Working Group

MINERVA Instrument Scientist

LSST Stellar Populations Science Collaboration

Dr. Peter Plavchan

(email | twitter | facebook | long form CV)

Assistant Research Scientist

NASA Exoplanet Archive
NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI)

770 S Wilson Ave
Pasadena, CA 91125

Education & Employment History:
Assistant Staff Scientist, IPAC/Caltech, 2008-2014
Postdoctoral Scholar, IPAC/Caltech, 2006-2008
PhD, UCLA 2006 (thesis)
MS, UCLA 2003
BS, Caltech 2001
Research Interests:
  • Extrasolar Planets
  • M Dwarfs
  • Debris Disks
  • Primordial Disks
The methodology:
  • Radial Velocity
  • Optical-IR variability
  • Mid-IR excess
  • Transits
Skill set:
  • Novel approaches and interpretation
  • Near-IR radial velocity instrumentation
  • Time series analysis
  • Statistical analysis
  • Observational Astronomy from 0.5 to 70 microns
  • Multi-lingual Programming
Current Postdocs: Current Students:

Graduate Former Students:

Graduate Undergraduate
I enjoy being creative, even if I am wrong 9 times out of 10. That one good idea is worth it.
Publications: NASA ADS | astro-ph | h-index: 16

Select First and Second Author Publications and Press:
2014 - The Goldilocks Trap: Stellar Activity Masking Habitable Zone Exoplanets(ApJ, submitted)
2014 - Validation of Kepler Objects of Interest Stellar Parameters from Observed Transit Durations(PASP) (Video of my presentation at Kepler Science Conference II)
2014 - Periodic and Aperiodic Variability in the Molecular Cloud Rho Ophiuchus(ApJS)
2013 - Precision Near-infrared Radial Velocity Instrumentation I: Absorption Gas Cells(SPIE)
2013 - Precision Near-infrared Radial Velocity Instrumentation II: Non-Circular Core Fiber Scrambler(SPIE)
2013 - The Identification of 92.3 Day Periodic Photometric Variability For YSO YLW 16A(A&A)
2013 - Spitzer Discovers Young Stars with a 'Hula Hoop'(JPL/NASA Press Release)
2013 - Stars Don't Eat Their Young Migrating Planets - Empirical Constraints On Planet Migration Halting Mechanisms(ApJ)
2013 - Stars Don't Obliterate Their Planets (Very Often)(JPL/NASA Press Release)
2013 - Period Error Estimation for the Kepler Eclipsing Binary Catalog(AJ)
2013 - How can we use HPC platforms to help dig out new exoplanets?(ISGTW)
2012 - Design and Construction of Absorption Cells for Precision Radial Velocities in the K band using Methane Isotopologues(PASP)
2010 - Deep NIR Imaging of the Rho Oph Cloud Core(ApJ)
2010 - Young Stars in the Time Domain: A CS16 Splinter Summary(ApJ)
2009 - New Debris Disks Around Young, Low Mass Stars Discovered with the Spitzer Space Telescope(ApJ)
2008 - The Peculiar Periodic YSO WL 4 in Rho Ophiuchus(ApJL)
2008 - Near-IR Variability in the 2MASS Calibration Fields: A Search for Planetary Transit Candidates (ApJS)
2008 - A Spitzer Study of Debris Disks in the Young Nearby Cluster NGC 2232(ApJ)
2006 - M Dwarf Planetary Systems(PhD Dissertation)
2005 - Where are the M Dwarf Disks Older Than 10 Million Years?(ApJ)
2005 - The Case of the Missing Disks(AAS Press Release)
2004 - Globular Cluster Formation in M82(ApJ)

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