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...]


Christian Aganze Selected as an inaugural LSST Data Science Fellow

UCSD-Morehouse-Spelman alum and incoming graduate student Christian Aganze has been selected as one of the inaugural LSST Data Science Fellows. This program … [Read More...]

UCSD Selected as an SDSS FAST Site

The Cool Star Lab has joined the SDSS Faculty and Student Team (FAST) initiative, with a research program focused on analyzing high resolution spectroscopy of … [Read More...]

Adam Burgasser receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Cool Star Lab PI Adam Burgasser has been awarded a UCSD Distinguished Teaching Award for 2016. He was nominated by the Physics Department's Education Vice Chair … [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...]