Carl Coker

During graduate school, I worked on a variety of projects, including the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), which will conduct a precision cosmology survey of over 25 million galaxies.  My current research interests center around enabling the detection and characterization of Earth-like exoplanets.  For my NPP Fellowship research, I am working on combining high-resolution spectroscopy with high-contrast coronagraphy.  Doing so may reduce the requirements for the telescope and coronagraph, providing opportunities to ultimately improve the science yield of future missions.

  • B. S., Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Ph.D., Astronomy, The Ohio State University

Research Interests: 

High-contrast imaging, coronagraphy, adaptive optics, direct imaging of exoplanets

Professional Experience: 
  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, August 2017-present

Selected Awards: 
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Award

Selected Publications: 
  • Coker, C. T., et al.,  “The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) instrument mechanism control systems”, 2016, Proc. SPIE, 9908, 99087P
  • Coker, C. T., Pinsonneault, M., & Terndrup, D., “Evidence for Cluster-to-Cluster Variations Low-mass Stellar Rotational Evolution”, 2016, ApJ, 833, 122C
  • Coker, C. T., Thompson, T. A., Martini, P., “Dust Scattering and the Radiation Pressure Force in the M82 Superwind”, 2013, ApJ, 778, 79C
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