Samuel M. Factor


Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Astronomy, The University of Texas at Austin

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Astronomy department at The University of Texas at Austin looking to transition into the aerospace industry. I work with Professor Adam Kraus on direct imaging of brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets using a novel image analysis technique called kernel-phase interferometry. I apply this technique to imaging from the Hubble Space Telescope and JWST to detect companions to low mass stars at separations below the classical diffraction limit.

I recently received my Ph.D. in astronomy from The University of Texas at Austin in 2023. Previously, I received my B.A. in physics and computer science from Wesleyan University in 2014 and my M.A. in astronomy in 2015 as part of Wesleyan’s 5 year combined BA/MA program.

For more information on my research intrest and projects, see my research page. For a list of my publications, presentations and my resume/CV, see my publications page. My blog has my ramblings on random cool science tidbits or coding projects (currently just reposts of my astrobites articles). If you want to learn about the outreach I do and what I am up to other than research, checkout my about me page.