Dr. Hintz is involved in multiple research programs at BYU. The topics he researches include delta Scuti Star monitoring; variable star search in open clusters; spectroscopic survey of northern hemisphere delta Scuti Stars; monitoring of high mass x-ray binaries; spectrophotometric determination of H-alpha and H-beta indexes; astronomy education in a planetarium; and baseline observations of delta Scuti. Dr. Hintz is part of the Astronomy Research Group, which uses the West Mountain Observatory.
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Dr. Joner specializes in stellar and extragalactic photometry. He recently coauthored a paper in Nature announcing the discovery of exoplanet KELT-9b, the hottest known planet. Dr. Joner is a project architect on the Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope survey.
Dr. Moody researches the character of galaxy voids in models and surveys. He uses remote observing to better quantify the variability of AGN light as a test of the standard model. He works with ROVOR (Remote Observatory for Variable Object Research, a 16-inch telescope), which remotely monitors bright objects that vary with time such as variable stars, cataclysmic variables, and active galactic nuclei (AGN) including blazars, quasars, Seyfert nuclei, and Low Ionization Nuclear Emission Regions (LINERS).
Dr. Ragozzine focuses his research on planetary science. He combines state-of-the-art observations and theoretical orbital dynamics to extend our understanding of the formation and evolution of planetary systems. Dr. Ragozzine has focused his research on small bodies orbiting the Sun beyond Neptune and planets around other stars). In particular, he studies systems with multiple transiting exoplanets, collisional families in the Kuiper belt, the dwarf planet Haumea, and other related problems that require interpreting planetary astronomy observations using non-Keplerian gravitational orbital dynamics.
Dr. Stephens specializes in the study of brown dwarf atmospheres. She is also interested in using space telescopes to identify and characterize close binary systems, primarily brown dwarf and low-mass stellar binaries. She recently coauthored a paper in Nature announcing the discovery of exoplanet KELT-9b, the hottest known planet. Dr. Stephens is a project architect on the Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope survey.