Sierra Grant

Graduate Student, Department of Astronomy, Boston University

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10959682_10204899932911459_1371290663259234323_nHello and welcome! I am a sixth-year graduate student in the Boston University Department of Astronomy and Institute for Astrophysical Research. I study protoplanetary disks which are disks of gas and dust that surround young stars and are the birthplaces of exoplanets. Specifically, I focus on accretion from the disk onto the central star and how populations of disks evolve. I use models and observations, with data from space-based (including Spitzer and Herschel) and ground-based telescopes (including the Lowell Discovery Telescope, Gemini South, NASA’s IRTF, and ALMA) to characterize protoplanetary disk evolution and what that evolution means for forming planets. More information is available on my Research page.
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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
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A column density map of L1641. In Grant et al. 2018, we analyze far-infrared photometry of protoplanetary disks in this cloud to study their evolutionary state. (Image from Stutz & Kainulainen, 2015)