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Jacob K. Luhn

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About Me

I am a graduate of The Ohio State University, with a double-major in Astronomy and Physics and a minor in History of Art. I am originally from Lima, Ohio, where I attended Elida High School.

As a member of the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) through the Department of Astronomy at OSU, I worked on a project studying microlensing's capabilities of detecting circumbinary planets. After initial work in Summer 2014, I continued to work on the project with my supervisor, Prof. Scott Gaudi, and advisor, Dr. Matthew Penny, in order to complete an undergraduate Honors Research Thesis. I graduated magna cum laude in May 2015 with Honors Research Distinction in Astronomy.

I am currently attending Penn State University's graduate PhD program in Astronomy.

Research Links

My work on circumbinary planets focused on studying the caustic structures of various circumbinary systems. As part of this work, we created a collection of animations which show how the caustics change as different parameters are changed. Here's a link to the collection: Caustic Animations

A link to our paper, which has been accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), can be found here