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Christopher Matthews

Chris was born and raised in Richmond Virginia, and grew up loving astronomy. He went to Rutgers University in New Brunswick New Jersey for his undergraduate studies, double majoring in Astrophysics and Mathematics.  After getting his B.S. in 2009 he went on to the University of Notre Dame for graduate studies.  His thesis research focused on applying Electric Field Conjugation with the Project 1640 coronagraph at Palomar Observatory to improve the sensitivity of direct imaging exoplanet observations.  He spent the last year and a half of his thesis research as an intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory working with the P1640 CAL team.  He graduated from Notre Dame with his Ph.D. in Physics in 2017, and hopes to continue working on Adaptive Optics and Exoplanet science and instrumentation for the foreseeable future.

  • B.S. in Astrophysics and Mathematics - Rutgers University (2009)
  • M.S. in Physics - University of Notre Dame (2014)
  • Ph.D. in Physics - University of Notre Dame (2017)

Research Interests

High-Contrast Imaging, Wavefront Control, Adaptive Optics, Exoplanetary Science, Instrumentation, Machine Learning, Computational Physics

Professional Experience

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Ca

– Caltech Postdoctoral scholar (2017-present)

-Year-Round Internship (2015-2016)

Mindful Projects LLC, Pasadena, Ca

– Software Developer (2016-2017)

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, In

-Teaching Assistant (2009-2015)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tn

-Sumer Research Student (2008)

Selected Publications

C. T. Matthews, J. R. Crepp, A. Skemer, P. M. Hinz, A. Gianninas, M. Kilic, M. Skrutskie, V. P. Bailey, D. Defrere, J. Leisenring, S. Esposito, and A. Puglisi, “Mid-infrared High-contrast Imaging of HD 114174 B: An Ap- parent Age Discrepancy in a ”Sirius-like” Binary System,” ApJL, vol. 783, p. L25, Mar. 2014

E. Bacchus, I. R. Parry, R. Oppenheimer, J. Aguilar, C. Beichman, D. Bren- ner, R. Burruss, E. Cady, S. Luszcz-Cook, J. Crepp, R. Dekany, A. Gian- ninas, L. Hillenbrand, M. Kilic, D. King, T. G. Lockhart, C. T. Matthews, R. Nilsson, L. Pueyo, E. L. Rice, L. C. Roberts, A. Sivaramakrishnan, R. Soummer, G. Vasisht, A. Veicht, C. Zhai, and N. T. Zimmerman, “Project 1640 observations of the white dwarf HD 114174 B,” MNRAS, vol. 469, pp. 4796–4805, Aug. 2017

C. T. Matthews, J. R. Crepp, G. Vasisht, and E. Cady, “Electric Field Conjugation for Ground Based High-Contrast Imaging: Robustness Study and Tests with the Project 1640 Coronagraph,” JATIS 2017

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