Cool Star Lab Presents at Cool Stars Conference

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Adam Burgasser and Daniella Bardalez Gagliuffi were among hundreds of attendees at the 18th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems and the Sun, held in Flagstaff, AZ, June 8-13.  This biennial conference highlights the latest research in low-temperature, low-mass stars and brown dwarfs, and this year had its fair share of exciting results in both observation and theory.

Both Adam and Daniella presented posters on their research. Adam presented a summary of activities around the SpeX Prism Spectral Library, including its use in the research community and upcoming plans to integrate the SPLAT reduction code to an updated SpeX Prism website.  Daniella presented her ongoing work to identify late-M/L + T dwarf spectral binaries, including her recently submitted search of the SpeX Prism Library and highlighting three examples of confirmed systems.

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Adam was also the lead organizer of a Splinter Session on Cool, Cloudy Atmospheres. This session aimed to highlight some of the recent advances that have emerged in the characterization of exoplanet and brown dwarf clouds, including large-scale variability surveys, cloud measurements on brown dwarfs and exoplanets, the evolution of clouds at the L/T transition, and cloud differentiation between exoplanets and brown dwarfs. There were also presentations on theoretical advancements in 3D atmospheric dynamics (e.g., global circulation models applied to brown dwarf atmospheres) and improved modeling of cloudy atmospheres. Videos of the the talks in these splinters can be found at the bottom of this page.

Adam (@browndwarfs) was also a voracious Tweeter during the conference, and his micro-reporting was awarded with a “Most prolific Tweeter” award at end of the conference.

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Several former Cool Stars Lab members also presented at the conference, including John Bochanski, Jacqueline Faherty, Sarah Logsdon and Andrew West.

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The next Cool Stars meeting will be held at Uppsala, Sweden in 2016.

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