Dr. Vedad Kunovac
PhD University of Birmingham, UK, 2021
Dr. Kunovac joined Lowell Observatory as a postdoctoral researcher in 2021. He completed a PhD at the University of Birmingham, UK, where he worked on the characterization of exoplanets, brown dwarfs, and low-mass binary systems, with a particular emphasis on the obliquities of exoplanet host stars. In his research he seeks to address why many exoplanets are found on highly inclined and misaligned orbits, which is contrary to what we find in the solar system. To this end, he uses optical high-resolution spectrographs such ESPRESSO, HARPS, and CORALIE, as well as light curves from various observatories on the ground and in space.
At Lowell, Dr. Kunovac is leading an observing programme to characterize the obliquities of small planet systems (sub-Neptunes), primarily by using the EXPRES spectrograph on the 4.3-m Lowell Discovery Telescope. Together with Dr Joe Llama, he is also interested in using EXPRES to study exoplanet atmospheres, stellar activity, and measure masses for the smallest exoplanets.
Check out Dr. Kunovac’s website.