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Eugene  Serabyn's Picture
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Eugene Serabyn

  • B.S. Physics Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (1978)
  • Ph.D. Physics, University of California, Berkeley, CA (1984)


SDC (The Stellar Double Coronagraph) Icon SDC (The Stellar Double Coronagraph)
The Stellar Double Coronagraph (SDC) is an advanced high-contrast, small-angle coronagraphic instrument that carries out state-of-the-art high-contrast observations at very small angles from host stars on the Palomar 200 inch telescope.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1990-1991, 1998-Present)
    • Senior Research Scientist (2001-Present)
    • Principal Scientist (2000-Present)
    • Research Scientist (1998-2000)
    • Consultant (1990-1991)
  • California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (1987-Present)
    • Research Fellow (1987-1989)
    • Senior Research Fellow (1989-1995)
    • Senior Research Associate (1995-1998)
    • Visiting Associate (1998-Present)
  • Max Planck Institut fur Radioastronomie, Bonn, Germany (1985-1986)
  • Physics Dept., University of California, Berkeley, CA
    • Teaching Assistant (1978-1979)
    • Research Assistant (1979-1984)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Achievement Award High Contrast/Resolution Exoplanet Imaging Team (2011)
  • JPL Edward Stone Award for Outstanding Research Publication (2003)
  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal (2001)
  • JPL Award for Excellence (2001)
  • JPL Nova Award (2000)
  • NASA Certificate of Recognition (1999)

Selected Publications
  1. Direct imaging of a cold jovian exoplanet in orbit around the sun-like star GJ 504, Kuzuhara, M. et al 2013, ApJ 774, 11.
  2. Direct Imaging Discovery of a ''Super-Jupiter'' around the Late B-type Star kappa And, J. Carson et al. 2013, ApJ Letters 763, L32.
  3. Imaging Discovery of the Debris Disk around HIP 79977, C. Thalmann, et al. 2013, ApJ Letters 763, L29.
  4. Demonstration of coherent imaging through a phased array of single-mode optical fibers, K. Liewer, S. Martin & E. Serabyn 2013, Optics Letters 38, 2452.
  5. Improving vector vortex waveplates for high-contrast coronagraphy, S.R. Nersisyan, N.V. Tabiryan, D. Mawet and E. Serabyn 2013, Optics Express, 21, 8205.
  6. The Keck Interferometer Nuller, E. Serabyn, B. Mennesson, M.M. Colavita, C. Koresko & M.J. Kuchner 2012, ApJ, 748, 55.
  7. A Dim Candidate Companion to epsilon Cephei, D. Mawet, B. Mennesson, E. Serabyn, K. Stapelfeldt & O. Absil, 2011 ApJL 738, L12.
  8. Speckle phase measurement in a tandem vortex coronagraph, E. Serabyn, J.K. Wallace and D. Mawet, 2011 Applied Optics, 50, 5453.
  9. Improved high-contrast imaging with on-axis telescopes using a multistage vortex coronagraph, D. Mawet, E. Serabyn, J.K. Wallace & L. Pueyo 2011, Optics Letters 36, 1506.
  10. Improving Interferometric Null Depth Measurements using Statistical Distributions: Theory and First Results with the Palomar Fiber Nuller, C. Hanot, B. Mennesson, S. Martin, K. Liewer, F. Loya, D. Mawet, P. Riaud, O. Absil & E. Serabyn 2011, ApJ 729, 110.
  11. An image of an exoplanet separated by two diffraction beamwidths from a star, E. Serabyn, D. Mawet & R. Burrus 2010, Nature, 464, 1018.
  12. Imaging the Debris Disk of HD 32297 with a Phase-Mask Coronagraph at High Strehl Ratio, D. Mawet, E. Serabyn, K. Stapelfeldt & J. Crepp 2009, Ap.J.Lett. 702, L47.
  13. High-contrast, narrow-field exoplanet imaging with a multi-aperture telescope phased array coronagraph, Serabyn, E. 2009, Ap. J. 697, 1334.
  14. Optical Vectorial Vortex Coronagraphs using Liquid Crystal Polymers: Theory, Manufacturing & Laboratory Dem., D. Mawet, E. Serabyn et al., 2009, Opt. Exp. 17, 1902.
  15. Extreme Adaptive Optics Imaging with a Clear and Well-Corrected Off-Axis Telescope Subaperture, Serabyn, E. et al. 2007, Ap.J.Lett. 658, 1386.
  16. Symmetric Nulling Beam Combiners, Serabyn, E, Colavita, M. 2001, Appl.Opt. 40, 1668.
  17. Submillimeter Atmospheric Transmission Measurements on Mauna Kea During Extremely Dry el Niño Conditions, Pardo, J.R., Serabyn, E. & Cernicharo, J. 2001, JQSRT 68, 419.
  18. Deep and Stable Interferometric Nulling of Broadband Light with Implications for Observing Planets around Nearby Stars, Wallace, K., Hardy,G., Serabyn, E. 2000, Nature 406, 700.
  19. Vertical Distribution of PH3 in Saturn from Observations of the 1-0 and 3-2 Rotational Lines, Orton, G.S., Serabyn, E. & Lee, Y.T. 2000, Icarus 146, 48.
  20. An Extraordinary Cluster of Massive Stars near the Centre of the Milky Way, Serabyn, E., Shupe, D., & Figer, D.F. 1998, Nature 394, 448.
  21. The Galactic Center Environment, Morris, M. & Serabyn, E., 1996, Ann.Rev.Ast.Ast.34, 645.
  22. [Ne II] Observations of the Galactic Center: Evidence for a Massive Black Hole, Serabyn, E. & Lacy, J.H. 1985, Ap. J. 293, 445.

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