Michael S Gordon





Graduate Research Assistant, Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics

University of Minnesota
Institute for Astrophysics
116 Church St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
O: (612) 624-9069
C: (732) 299-9389
gordo474@umn.edu
gordon@astro.umn.edu

Research Areas:

I am currently collaborating with NASA/STScI on an infrared multi-object spectrograph to be installed at the MMT Observatory on Mount Hopkins. To manage the large amount of data from multi-object spectroscopy, I am also developing an automated data-reduction pipeline that can be generalized to LBT/MODS and MMT/Hectospec spectra. My science goals include identifying and studying Luminous Blue Variable (LBV) stars, rare and massive evolved objects that are characterized by dramatic changes in brightness.