Extragalactic Astrophysics

I am a Technical Astronomer at the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (OAJ) in Teruel, Spain. This observatory is devoted to the study of the galaxies and the great-scale structure of the Universe using cosmological surveys (JPAS). The OAJ is operated by the Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) which has its headquarters in Teruel. You have more information about CEFCA and its mission in the links above.

Stellar Astrophysics

Although I am working in a cosmological/extragalactic project, I am doing my PhD project in the Astrophysics Department of the Universidad de La Laguna (ULL), Tenerife, Canary Islands. My advisors are María Jesús Arévalo Morales (ULL, IAC) and Mercedes López-Morales (now at CfA, Harvard), but we are collaborating with Guillermo Torres (CfA, Harvard), Jeff Coughlin (NASA AMES Research Center) and others in some projects.

My work is focused in low-mass eclipsing binary stars and the problem with the mass-radius relation. This project has an strong observational load and we have a lot of IR/visual light curves and RV curves collected over the last years. We are analyzing all this data for my thesis and you can see some of the light-curves in these posters:

Cool Stars 15

SEA 2010 (in Spanish)

In this context, we created a code to compute easily the spectroscopic orbital parameters for binaries and exoplanets. This code is called 'rvfit' and can be downloaded from this webpage (see link above, avaliable soon).

Disclaimer

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