Jacqueline K. Faherty
Astronomy; Brown dwarfs kinematics
B.S., University of Notre Dame, 2001 M.A., Physics, Stony Brook University, 2006 Ph. D., Physics & Astronomy, Stony Brook University, 2010
Jackie Faherty's research interests are primarily concerned with the study of brown dwarfs, low mass objects that cannot sustain stable Hydrogen fusion. In 2006, she initiated the Brown Dwarf Kinematics Project (BDKP) in order to use astrometric measurements to investigate fundamental physical properties of the brown dwarf population. Since that time, Faherty and collaborators have been collecting proper motions, parallaxes, and radial velocities for all brown dwarfs within 20pc as well as more distant objects of specific scientific interest (e.g low-surface gravity, subdwarfs, or extreme photometric outliers).
At present, Faherty is continuing astrometric programs in both South America (Chile) and North America (Arizona) to measure parallaxes and proper motions for both published and unpublished sources. Radial velocities are in hand for numerous sources and analysis is underway (Burgasser et al. in prep; Schmidt et al. in prep).