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.
Michael Fausnaugh is a Pipeline/Research Scientist for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). He earned a PhD in Astronomy from The Ohio State University in May 2017, advised by Prof. Bradley Peterson. His research has focused on Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), particularly measurements of super-massive black hole masses and multiwavelength/variability properties of AGN. He is broadly interested in time domain astronomy and data reduction/analysis techniques. He is currently working with the TESS mission to discover nearby exoplanets that will be the best targets for atmospheric characterization studies. He is also excited to use TESS to study extragalactic transient phenomena, such as supernovae and tidal disruption events.
Time Domain Astronomy Active Galaxies/Super-Massive Black Holes Exoplanets Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)