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Sean Brittain

Physics and Astronomy

Dept Chair/Head

864-656-6916
Kinard Lab 118A (Office)

sbritt@clemson.edu
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Educational Background

BS, Chemical Physics, LeTourneau University, 1997
MS, Physics, Univ. of Notre Dame, 2000
PhD, Physics , Univ. of Notre Dame, 2004

Profile/About Me

My principal research focus is on understanding the origin of structures in disks that could potentially point to the presence of planets. Our work has demonstrated an inconsistency between the occurrence rate of putative signposts of planets and the occurrence rate of planets around young stars. We have proposed a series of hypotheses that can account for this incongruency, and we are using high-resolution near infrared spectroscopy to test these hypotheses.

Research Interests

Star and Planet formation
Astrophysical Spectroscopy

Selected Publications

Brittain, S. D., Najita, J. R., Dong, R., Zhu, Z. 2020. The Planetary Luminosity Problem: ``Missing Planets'' and the Observational Consequences of Episodic Accretion. The Astrophysical Journal 895. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab8388

Brittain, S. D., Najita, J. R., Carr, J. S. 2019. High-resolution Near-infrared Spectroscopy of HD 100546. IV. Orbiting Companion Disappears on Schedule. The Astrophysical Journal 883. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab380b

Dong, R., Najita, J. R., Brittain, S. 2018. Spiral Arms in Disks: Planets or Gravitational Instability?. The Astrophysical Journal 862. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aaccfc

Memberships

AAAS
AAS
AAUP
APS

Links

NASA ADS Page
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