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Maxwell Millar-Blanchaer

Dr. Max Millar-Blanchaer is currently a NASA Hubble Fellow working at JPL, focusing on using polarimetry to characterize exoplanetary systems. He received his PhD at the University of Toronto, where he worked on NIR instrumentation with Dr. Dae-Sik Moon and collaborated with Dr. James Graham (UC, Berkeley) working on the Gemini Planet Imager’s polarimetry mode.

At JPL he is continuing his work with GPI, focusing on trying to measure the polarized scattering phase functions of the micron-sized dust in debris disks. He is also working on measuring the polarized spectrum of brown dwarfs using WIRC-POL at the Palomar 200-inch, with the eventual goal of extending this work to directly imaged planets.

  • PhD, Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto (2016)
  • BSc, Physics, Queen’s University (2009)
  • BSc, Applied Science, Electrical Engineering, Queen’s University (2009)

Research Interests
  • High-contrast Imaging Technology and Methods
  • Directly Imaged Planets and Circumstellar Disks
  • Polarimetry of Brown Dwarfs, Planets and Disks

Professional Experience

Current: NASA Hubble Fellow (2016-2019).

Selected Awards
  • Jui Lin (Allen) Yen Award in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2016)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2013-2015)
  • Frank S. Hogg Memorial Fellowship (2013)
  • Robert Shelley Graduate Scholarship (2011)
  • Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics Graduate Scholarship (2011)
  • Carl Reinhardt Fellowship in Astronomy (2011)

Selected Publications

Imaging an 80 AU Radius Dust Ring Around the F5V Star HD 157587

M. A. Millar-Blanchaer, J. Wang, P. Kalas, J. R. Graham, G. Duchêne, E. L. Nielsen, M. Perrin, D.-S. Moon, D. Padgett, et al., The Astronomical Journal, Volume 152, Issue 5, Nov

Gemini Planet Imager Observational Calibrations XIV: Polarimetric Contrasts and New Data Reduction Techniques

M. A. Millar-Blanchaer, M. D. Perrin, L.-W.Hung, M. P. Fitzgerald, J. J. Wang, J. Chilcote, J. R. Graham, S. Bruzzone, P. G. Kalas, et al, SPIE Conference Proceedings, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 990836

On-sky Tests of a Polarization Grating for Visible Astronomy

M.A. Millar-Blanchaer, D.-S. Moon, J. R. Graham, M. Williams, SPIE Conference Proceedings, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 990821

β Pictoris’ Inner Disk in Polarized Light and New Orbital Parameters for β Pictoris b

M. A. Millar-Blanchaer, J. R. Graham, L. Pueyo, P. Kalas, R. I. Dawson, J. Wang, M. D. Perrin, D.-S. moon, B. Macintosh, et al., Astrophysical Journal, vol. 811, p. 18

Polarization Gratings for Visible and Near-Infrared Astronomy

M. Millar-Blanchaer, D.-S. Moon, J. R. Graham, and M. Escuti, SPIE Conference Proceedings, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation, vol. 9151, p. 4

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