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Sean Brittain

Department Chair and Professor of Physics and Astronomy

  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
  • M.S., Physics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
  • B.S., Chemical Physics, LeTourneau University, Longview, TX

Areas of Research

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Research Professor Brittain’s group uses high-resolution infrared spectroscopy to study gas in disks around young stars. The goal of this work is to understand the initial chemical conditions of planet formation, trace how gas and dust evolve as stars form, and identify reliable signposts of ongoing planet formation. Most of the data for this work comes from high resolution infrared spectrographs on ground based telescopes such as CRIRES on the VLT, iSHELL on the IRTF, NIRSPEC on Keck 2, and Phoenix on Gemini South.

Publication Lists

Sean Brittain