Introducing Breann Sitarski

Breann is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she is a member of the Galactic Center Group and AO-Optimization collaboration. She spends most of her time watching how infrared excess sources go around the supermassive black hole at the Galactic Center and characterizing these sources through imaging (to get temperatures and extent) and spectroscopy (to get their radial velocities and chemical composition). She primarily uses the Keck telescopes in Hawaii to make her observations. 

One of her other projects involves characterizing the point spread function of the NIRC2 camera on the Keck II telescope and seeing how it varies across the field of view of the telescope. This variation can cause a lot of problems for precise astrometry and photometry, so fixing this is pretty important. She normally tweets from @bsit026. She spends her non-science hours playing intramural sports with the rest of the Astronomy Department at UCLA, writing, reading, doing archery, sewing, and studying history.


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