TODD J. HENRY
B.A. Cornell University
Ph.D. University of Arizona
Principal Investigator, CTIOPI and MASSIF
Observatory Director, CTIO/SMARTS 0.9m
Distinguished Professor of Astronomy
email: thenry @ astro . gsu . edu
Curriculum Vitae (updated JAN 2017)
RECONS: Research Consortium on Nearby Stars
Curriculum Vitae (updated JAN 2017)
RECONS formed in 1994 with the intent of understanding the nature of the Sun's nearest stellar neighbors, both individually and as a population. The projects described below are all associated with the overall RECONS effort. Our goals are to discover ``missing'' members of the sample of stars within 10 parsecs (32.6 light years) and to characterize all stars within that distance limit. New members are found via astrometric, photometric, and spectroscopic techniques, or through companionship studies at small and large separations. Characterization includes photometry and spectroscopy at both optical and infrared wavelengths, as well as determinations of the luminosity function, mass function, and multiplicity fraction of the nearby stars.
CTIOPI: Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory Parallax Investigation
The CTIOPI Team is on the hunt to discover nearby white, red, and brown dwarfs that lurk unidentified in the solar neighborhood. Our goal is to discover 150 new nearby southern star systems by determining trigonometric parallaxes accurate to 3 milliarcseconds. Since 1999, we have used the 0.9m telescope at the Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory, located in the foothills of the Chilean Andes, to measure the distances to potential nearby stars. CTIOPI started under the auspices of the NOAO Surveys Program and continues via the SMARTS Consortium. Through accurate trigonometric parallax measurements, we hope to increase the population of stars known within 25 pc of the Sun by 20% in the southern sky.
ASPENS: Astrometric Search for Planets Encircling Nearby Stars
Parallax studies such as CTIOPI have demonstrated that a 1-m class telescope equipped with a CCD camera can provide astrometric precision at the 1-2 mas level. This represents a considerable improvement over past planet-searches that were carried out with photographic plates. ASPENS joins forces with CTIOPI to take advantage of this capability within the framework of a long-timeline, volume-limited survey of the reflex motions of nearby red and white dwarf stars. This study will be able to detect companions throughout the entire brown-dwarf mass regime and possibly massive planets.
MASSIF: Masses and Stellar Systems with Interferometry
Mass is the single most important attribute of a star. The purpose of the MASSIF Team, formed in 2000, is to measure masses of stellar and substellar objects to high precision using state-of-the-art astrometric and spectroscopic techniques, and thereby create a better understanding of the stars we see at night. Key areas of research include determining masses for the dominant members of the Galactic population, the red dwarfs, searching for the most massive and least massive stars, and improving our knowledge of the fundamental mass-luminosity relation for all stars.
SMARTS: Small and Moderate Aperture Research Telescope System
On 01 February 2003, SMARTS took over responsibility for operation of four telescopes at CTIO. These telescopes include the CTIO 1.5m, CTIO 1.3m (formerly the 2MASS telescope), the Yale 1.0m, and the CTIO 0.9m. Long-term partners in SMARTS include the Association of Universities for Research in Astonomy (NOAO in Tucson, AZ and La Serena, Chile), Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA), Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), State University of New York (Stony Brook, NY), and Yale University (New Haven, CT).
last updated 01 January 2010