Publications

Here are links to my industry resume and my accademic CV.

My peer reviewed publications and presentations are listed below. For more information see my publications on ADS or Google Scholar.

You can find videos of my public outreach talks at Astronomy on Tap, Austin TX on the about me page.

I was a staff writer for astrobites.org in 2018-2019, you can find my paper summaries here. You can also see my answers on askanastronomer.org.

Publications

I have been an anonymous referee for The Astrophysical Journal.

  1. S. Factor, 2023, Ph.D. Dissertation, “Kernel-phase interferometry for detection of close in companions: binary demographics of brown dwarfs from birth to maturity
  2. S. Factor & A. Kraus, 2023, The Astronomical Journal, 165, 130 “NICMOS Kernel-Phase Interferometry II: Demographics of Nearby Brown Dwarfs
  3. S. Factor & A. Kraus, 2022, The Astronomical Journal, 164, 244 “NICMOS Kernel-Phase Interferometry I: Catalogue of Brown Dwarfs Observed in F110W and F170M
  4. S. Factor, A. M. Hughes, K. Flaherty et al., 2017, The Astronomical Journal, 153, 233 “ALMA Observations of Asymmetric Molecular Gas Emission from a Protoplanetary Disk in the Orion Nebula
  5. S. Petrus et al. (incl. S. Factor, 43 of 121 authors), 2024, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 966, L11, “The JWST Early Release Science Program for Direct Observations of Exoplanetary Systems V: Do Self-Consistent Atmospheric Models Represent JWST Spectra? A Showcase With VHS 1256 b
  6. S. Sallum et al. (incl. S. Factor, 9 of 123 authors), 2024, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 963, L2, “The JWST Early Release Science Program for Direct Observations of Exoplanetary Systems IV: NIRISS Aperture Masking Interferometry Performance and Lessons Learned
  7. S. Ray et al. (incl. S. Factor, 12 of 123 authors), (submitted to ApJ Letters), “The JWST Early Release Science Program for Direct Observations of Exoplanetary Systems III: Aperture Masking Interferometric Observations of the star HIP 65426 at 3.8μm
  8. A. Carter et al. (incl. S. Factor, 79 of 111 authors), 2023, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 951, L20 “The JWST Early Release Science Program for Direct Observations of Exoplanetary Systems I: High Contrast Imaging of the Exoplanet HIP 65426 b from 2-16 μm
  9. B. Miles et al. (incl. S. Factor, 80 of 111 authors), 2023, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 946, L6 “The JWST Early Release Science Program for Direct Observations of Exoplanetary Systems II: A 1 to 20 Micron Spectrum of the Planetary-Mass Companion VHS 1256-1257 b
  10. S. Hinkley et al. (including S. Factor, 46 of 89 authors), 2022, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific,134, 09500, “The JWST Early Release Science Program for the Direct Imaging & Spectroscopy of Exoplanetary Systems
  11. A. W. Mann et al. (including S. Factor, 10 of 14 authors), 2019, The Astrophysical Journal, 871, 63, “How to Constrain Your M Dwarf. II. The Mass–Luminosity–Metallicity Relation from 0.075 to 0.70 Solar Masses
  12. J. M. Lee, S. Factor, Z. Lin, I. Vitebskiy, F. Ellis, T. Kottos, “Reconfigurable directional lasing modes in cavities with generalized \(\mathcal{P}\tilde{\mathcal{T}}\) Symmetry,” Phys. Rev. Lett., vol 112, p. 253902, Jun 2014
  13. M. Chitsazi, S. Factor, J. Schindler, H. Ramezani, F. M. Ellis and T. Kottos, “Experimental observation of lasing shutdown via asymmetric gain,” Phys. Rev. A, vol. 89, p. 043842, Apr 2014
  14. N. Bender, S. Factor, J. D. Bodyfelt, H. Ramezani, D. N. Christodulides, F. M Ellis, and T. Kottos, “Observation of asymmetric transport in structures with active nonlinearities,” Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 110, p. 234101, June 2013

Posters and Presentations

  1. Kernel-Phase Interferometry for Detection of Close in Companions: Binary Demographics of Brown Dwarfs from Birth to Maturity (talk number 432.04D, abstract), 243rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, January 2024, New Orleans, LA
  2. HST Kernel-Phase Interferometry: Binary Brown Dwarf Demographics from Birth to Maturity (poster), Exoplanets: Asmospheres to Architectures, 9th Annual GMT Community Science Meeting, September 2023, Washington, DC
  3. Kernel-Phase Interferometry for Detection of Close in Companions: Binary Demographics of Brown Dwarfs from Birth to Maturity (talk), Ph.D. Defense, July 2023, Austin, TX
  4. HST Kernel-Phase Interferometry: Field-Age Brown Dwarf Population Demographics (poster), 21st Cambridge Workshops of Cool Stars, Stellar Systems and the Sun, July 2022, Toulouse, France
  5. A NICMOS Kernel-Phase Interferometry Survey of Brown-Dwarf Binary Demographics (invited talk), CfA Stars & Planets Seminar, December 2021, Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA
  6. A NICMOS Kernel-Phase Interferometry Survey of Brown-Dwarf Binary Demographics (invited talk), Stars and Planets Lunch And Talks (SPLAT), November 2021, Institute for Astronomy, Manoa, HI
  7. A NICMOS Kernel-Phase Interferometry Survey of Brown-Dwarf Binary Demographics (talk), Virtual Masking Hackathon, June 2021, Virtual
  8. Kernel-Phase Interferometry for Super-Resolution Detection of Faint Companions (poster), 20.5th Cambridge Workshops of Cool Stars, Stellar Systems and the Sun, March 2021, Virtual
  9. Kernel-Phase Interferometry for Super-Resolution Detection of Faint Companions (poster), Extreme Solar Systems IV, August 2019, Reykjavik, Iceland
  10. Kernel-Phase Interferometry for Super-Resolution Detection of Faint Companions (poster), 20th Cambridge Workshops of Cool Stars, Stellar Systems and the Sun, August 2018, Boston, MA
  11. Kernel-Phase Interferometry for Super-Resolution Detection of Faint Companions (poster), Star and Planet Formation in the Southwest, March 2018, Oracle, AZ
  12. Are we alone? Finding and characterizing planets around other stars (invited talk), McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors Recruiting Event, February 2018, Houstion, TX
  13. Kernel-Phase Interferometry for Super-Resolution Detection of Faint Companions (poster number 118.03, abstract), 230th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, June 2017, Austin, TX
  14. Kernel-Phase Interferometry for Super-Resolution Detection of Faint Companions (poster number 146.25, abstract), 229th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, January 2017, Grapevine, TX
  15. Why git is awesome and why we should all be using it (slides), UT Austin Graduate Student Postdoc Seminar, November 2016, Austin, TX
  16. Kernel-Phase Interferometry for Super-Resolution Detection of Faint Companions (poster), Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop, July 2016, Pasadena, CA
  17. ALMA Observations of Molecular Gas Emission from a Protoplanetary Disk in the Orion Nebula Cluster (poster), Frank N. Bash Symposium, October 2015, Austin, TX
  18. Characterizing a Young Protoplanetary Disk in the Orion Nebula Cluster (poster number 349.06, abstract), 225th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, January 2015, Seattle, WA