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Stanimir Metchev
Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Stony Brook University
100 Nicolls Rd, Z=3800
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3800

1 631 632 1745 (fax)
stanimir.metchev 'at' stonybrook.edu (e-mail)
Office: 452 Earth and Space Sciences Building

What's New and Recent

  • July 15, 2013, new contact information: Department of Physics and Astronomy, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 3K7. Telephone: 519-661-2111, ext. 88438. (I moved!)

  • June 5, 2012: come and view the Transit of Venus at a special wine-and-cheese event at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics! Rain date: December 10, 2117 !!!

  • If you are attending Cool Stars 17 between June 25-29, 2012 in Barcelona, come by the splinter session on Clouds in Brown Dwarfs and Giant Planets!

  • December 2011: Dr. Aren Heinze joined my research group as a postdoc! He will lead the analysis of the data from the Spitzer Cycle 8 Exploration Science Program "Weather on Other Worlds." Ari is also a published science fiction writer!

  • May 2011: The Stony Brok-led "Weather on Other Worlds" Spitzer Exploration Science program has been approved for Cycle 8! Over the course of 873 observing hours with Spitzer, we will look for minute variability in the light curves of brown dwarfs to study the longitudinal and vertical distribution of their cloud decks.

  • February 2011: Stony Brook has become a partner in the Palomar 200-inch telescope, with a 6% share.

  • Publications:
    • A Substellar Common Proper Motion Companion to the Pleiad HII 1348 [PDF, arXiv]
      (Geissler et al. 2012, ApJ, accepted)
    • Multi-wavelength modeling of the spatially resolved debris disk of HD 107146 [PDF, ADS]
      (Ertel et al. 2011, A & A, 533, 132)
    • A Cross-match of 2MASS and SDSS. II. Peculiar L Dwarfs, Unresolved Binaries, and the Space Density of T Dwarf Secondaries [PDF, ADS]
      (Geissler et al. 2011, ApJ, 732, 56)

Research Interests

  • Brown dwarfs: see new and recent publications
  • Circumstellar disks: see new and recent publications
  • Formation and evolution of planets: I collaborate with members of the former FEPS Spitzer Legacy team
  • Adaptive optics

Selected publications (see ADS for a full listing)

  • A Cross-match of 2MASS and SDSS. II. Peculiar L Dwarfs, Unresolved Binaries, and the Space Density of T Dwarf Secondaries [PDF, ADS]
      K. Geissler, S. Metchev, J.D. Kirkpatrick, G.B. Berriman, & D. Looper 2011, ApJ, 732, 56
  • Pre-Discovery 2007 Image of the HR 8799 Planetary System [PDF, ADS]
      S. Metchev, C. Marois, & B. Zuckerman 2009, ApJL, 705, L204
  • The Palomar/Keck Adaptive Optics Survey of Young Solar Analogs: Evidence for a Universal Companion Mass Function [PDF, ADS]
      S. Metchev & L. Hillenbrand 2009, ApJS, 181, 62
  • A Cross-Match of 2MASS and SDSS: Newly-Found L and T Dwarfs and an Estimate of the Space Density of T Dwarfs [PDF, ADS]
      S. Metchev, J.D. Kirkpatrick, G.B. Berriman, & D. Looper 2008, ApJ, 676, 1281
  • First High-Contrast Science with an Integral Field Spectrograph: the Sub-Stellar Companion to GQ Lup [PDF, ADS]
      M. McElwain, S. Metchev, J. Larkin, et al. 2007, ApJ, 656, 505
  • Integrated-Light Two Micron All Sky Survey Infrared Photometry of Galactic Globular Clusters [PDF, ADS]
      J.G. Cohen, S. Hsieh, S. Metchev, S.G. Djorgovski, & M. Malkan 2007, AJ, 133, 99
  • HD 203030B: an Unusually Cool Young Sub-Stellar Companion near the L/T Transition [PDF, ADS]
      S.A. Metchev & L.A. Hillenbrand 2006, ApJ, 651, 1166
  • Dynamical Evolution in the AU Mic Debris Disk [PDF, ADS]
      S.A. Metchev, J.A. Eisner, L.A. Hillenbrand, & S. Wolf 2005, ApJ, 622, 451
  • Ten Micron Observations of Nearby Young Stars [PDF, ADS]
      S.A. Metchev, L.A. Hillenbrand, & M.R. Meyer 2004, ApJ, 600, 435


Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Ph.D. thesis (defended Aug 18, 2005)