The MIT Kavli Institute paves the way for new developments in space- & ground-based astrophysics. Our faculty, research staff, and students develop technology & instrumentation with a focus on an engineering and technical core.
Researchers at The Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research explore extreme and unusual phenomena found beyond the Earth including extrasolar planets, black holes, neutron stars, and distant galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
Lia Corrales received her PhD in Astronomy from Columbia University, advised by Frits Paerels. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA. A Southern California native, Lia was born and raised in San Diego.
Lia studies interstellar and intergalactic dust via the phenomenon of X-ray scattering. She is particularly interested in determining dust grain size distributions, abundance, spatial distributions, and composition via absorption spectroscopy. Such studies require intimate understanding of the Chandra point spread function, so her research efforts also include determining the Chandra PSF under varying degrees of pileup.