Welcome to Cool Star Lab

Our research focuses on the properties of the lowest mass stars and coldest brown dwarfs. We use observational techniques to infer the physical properties of these objects, search for and characterize multiple systems, and measure population statistics. Our primary tools are spectroscopy, imaging, radio interferometry, and synoptic monitoring. And lots of karaoke!

Research Results

Cool Stars Lab shines in 2016 Summer Research Conference

The Cool Star Lab had a strong showing at this year's 2016 UCSD Summer Research Conference, held August 11th around campus.  Ten students from the Lab presented … [Read More...]

Cool Star Lab Presents Work at 2016 Physics Education Research Conference

Mike Lopez, Isabela Rodrigues and Adam Burgasser presented their early analysis of an experimental Physics course at the 2016 Physics Education Research … [Read More...]

Work by Cool Star Lab Alumna Aishwarya Iyer Featured in NASA Press Release

Cool Star Lab alumna Aishwarya Iyer, currently a Master's student at CSU Northridge and intern at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has recently published work on … [Read More...]

Accolades

Ivanna Escala wins NSF and Ford Foundation Graduate Fellowships

Former Cool Star Lab member Ivanna Escala, now a graduate student at Caltech, has been awarded both National Science Foundation and Ford Foundation Graduate … [Read More...]

Adam Burgasser awarded a Fulbright Scholarship

Cool Star Lab PI Adam Burgasser has been awarded a 2017-2018 Fulbright Scholarship to conduct astrophysical research in the United Kingdom. Adam will be in … [Read More...]

Daniella Bardalez Gagliuffi elected to the Bouchet Graduate Honor Scholar

Cool Star Lab graduate student Daniella Bardalez Gagliuffi has been elected to the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. Daniella was one of three … [Read More...]

In the Community

UCSD Hosts 2016 SoCal Physics Graduate Admissions Bootcamp

UCSD hosted the 2016 SoCal Physics Graduate Admissions Bootcamp this year at on August 13-14, 2016. The two-day intensive workshop, developed by members of the … [Read More...]

Cool Star Grads Share Advice & Experience at Cal-Bridge Workshop

On Saturday May 21st, UC San Diego and the Cool Star Lab hosted students participating in the Cal-Bridge program for a Workshop titled "What is Graduate … [Read More...]

Beach Physics & Dianna Cowern Featured on Local Innovate 8 Program

Dianna Cowern and the Beach Physics project were recently featured on the local CBS affiliate KFMB in San Diego as part of its Innovate 8 program. Innovate 8 is … [Read More...]