Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Vanderbilt University

Michael B. Lund is a postdoctoral scholar in the Physics and Astronomy Department of Vanderbilt University, with a PhD from Vanderbilt and a BS and MS in Physics from California State University, Northridge. Coming from a long amateur astronomy background, his primary focus is on the discovery of planets outside our solar system. In the search for new worlds, he is a member of the science team for the KELT exoplanet search and the LSST subgroup for transiting exoplanets. In the process, this work involves exploring a range of variable objects in the night sky, and the best ways to plan observations to find and characterize them.

Experience

  • –present
    Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Vanderbilt University

Education

  • 2017 
    Vanderbilt University, Ph.D Physics
  • 2011 
    California State University, Northridge, MS Physics
  • 2007 
    California State University, Northridge, BS Physics

Publications

  • 2017
    KELT-20b: A Giant Planet with a Period of P ~ 3.5 days Transiting the V ~ 7.6 Early A Star HD 185603, The Astronomical Journal
  • 2016
    Metrics for Optimization of Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Observations of Stellar Variables and Transients, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
  • 2015
    Transiting Planets With LSST. I. Potential For LSST Exoplanet Detection, The Astronomical Journal