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Eric Mamajek

Assistant Professor
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Department of Physics And Astronomy

Areas of expertise: Exoplanet detection, stellar evolution, star formation

Press contact:
Peter Iglinski

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First Known Binary Star is Discovered to be a Triplet, Quadruplet, Quintuplet, Sextuplet System
December 10, 2009

Eric is an observational astrophysicist whose primary research interests are the formation and evolution of planetary systems, stars, and stellar groups in our Galactic neighborhood. His recent and on-going research projects and collaborations involve quantifying and trying to understand the evolution of protoplanetary and dusty debris disks around normal stars, improving distance and age estimates to astrophysically interesting stellar, protostellar, substellar, and planetary systems, and surveys to image extrasolar planets and substellar companions to nearby stars in the near- and thermal infrared. He has also recently discovered a few new nearby young stellar groups in the solar neighborhood within a few hundred parsecs of the Sun, and is interested in investigating the recent star-formation history and kinematics of the solar neighborhood and what it can inform us about star-formation mechanisms. He also recently co-authored a paper on the observational consequences of protoplanet collisions.