Sierra Grant

Graduate Student, Department of Astronomy, Boston University


10959682_10204899932911459_1371290663259234323_nHello and welcome! I am currently a second-year graduate student in the Boston University Department of Astronomy and Institute for Astrophysical Research. My research interests revolve around protoplanetary disks and their evolution. These disks of gas and dust form around young stars as they collapse from molecular clouds. I am particularly interested in the disks around low-mass, T Tauri stars and I want to answer open questions about how these disks evolve into planetary systems and the complexities that come along with that evolution. My work thus far as been the analysis of 180 disks in the star-forming region Lynds 1641 (L1641) which lies in the Orion Molecular Cloud A; this work will be presented soon in an upcoming paper.

Artist’s conception of a protoplanetary disk  with actively forming planets clearing a gap in the disk. Credit: The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan
A column density map of L1641. I am currently studying the young stars with disks that have formed in this cloud. (Stutz & Kainulainen, 2015)