Mike Lundquist

Adventures of an Astronomer

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I began studying Classical Novae as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota under Bob Gehrz and L. Andrew Helton. That primarily entailed reducing SPITZER data of novae at different epochs, identifying infrared emission lines, and following their changes during the evolution of the event.

More recently, as a graduate student, I have started a project to study the early evolution of novae by building an optical spectrograph for the Red Buttes Observatory.

Above is a spectrum of V496 Sct taken from WIRO on March 25, 2010. The spectrum has been continuum normalized and is dominated by H-alpha emission.