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Jason Wang



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Research Interests

High Contrast Imaging, Exoplanets, Debris Disks, Large Surveys, Software for Astronomy

Personal Interests

Primary: Eating and Sleeping

Others: Exploring, hiking, circus arts (juggling and slacklining mostly), expanding education (CCRA and ZCEI)


I'm a second year graduate student working on the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) and the GPI Exoplanet Survey with James Graham to discover new exoplanets. I'm studying both debris disks and exoplanets imaged with GPI and I'm also developing the software infrastructure for the survey. Before Berkeley, I did my undergradate studies at Cornell where I worked on FORCAST, a mid-IR camera for SOFIA, NASA's airborne observatory. I've also done a brief stint in software development at Microsoft.


Berkeley Nexus for Exoplanet System Science

At Berkeley we are bridging three techniques for discovering and characterizing extrasolar planets:  Transit, Doppler, and Direct Imaging.

NExSS is a cross-divisional initiative from NASA to create a research coordination network (RCN) with an emphasis on studying extrasolar planets and the potential for habitability.  An RCN is a virtual structure to support groups of investigators to communication and coordinate research and educational activity.  At Berkeley our contributions are the observations of extrasolar planets via direct imaging, the transit technique, and Doppler spectroscopy, plus the theoretical study of planet formation and subsequent evolution.

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The Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey

Artist rendition of the exoplanet 51 Eridani b. Image credit: Danielle Futselaar / Franck Marchis / SETI Institute.

The Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) is a new science instrument that exploits the latest generation of adaptive optics technology, coronagraphy and detectors. We have successfully commissioned GPI at the Gemini South telescope in Chile and in 2014 we started a three year science program called GPIES (GPI Exoplanet Survey) that will survey 600 stars for the presence of young giant planets.


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