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Best, William

Will Best

Research Associate, Lecturer
Department of Astronomy

Brown dwarf and planet formation, evolution, and atmospheres; low-mass initial mass function; ultracool binaries; infrared observations.

Office Location
PMA 15.322

Postal Address
AUSTIN, TX 78712

I am a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Adam Kraus on the low-mass end of star formation using Hubble Space Telescope observations of large star-forming regions.  I earned my PhD at the University of Hawaii in 2018 determining fundamental properties of the nearby brown dwarf population.  Prior to that I enjoyed a 15-year career teaching high school math, physics, and guidance at Punahou School in Honolulu, HI.


Brown dwarf and low-mass stars:  formation, evolution, atmospheres, composition.

Ultracool binaries.

Stellar and substellar kinematics and populations.

Protoplanetary disks.

Characterization of extrasolar planets.

Infrared astrometry (parallaxes!), imaging, and spectroscopy.

Large sky surveys.