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

Citizen Scientist Discovers Dusty Debris Disk Around White Dwarf

Citizen scientist Melina Thévenot of Germany helped the Backyard Worlds/Planet 9 program discover a unique white dwarf with a dusty debris disk, and … [Read More...]

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...]

Accolades

Jessica Birky awarded NSF Graduate Fellowship

Jessica Birky, a graduating senior at UCSD and student participant in the Cool Star Lab's SDSS Faculty and Student Team program, has been awarded the 2019 NSF … [Read More...]

Chris Theissen is Awarded both Sagan and NSF Fellowships

Chris Theissen, former Boston University graduate student and postdoctoral researcher in the Cool Star Lab, has been awarded both the NASA Sagan Postdoctoral … [Read More...]

Russell Van-Linge wins William Lee Scholarship

Cool Star Lab undergraduate research Russell Van-Linge has won a William A. Lee Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship to support research during summer … [Read More...]

In the Community

Cool Star Lab hosts Cal-Bridge Workshop on Growth Mindset

The Cool Star Lab hosted the first workshop for the Cal-Bridge program in 2018-2019 on the topic of Growth Mindset. This is the fourth such workshop on this … [Read More...]

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...]