My research focuses on debris disks, which are dusty disks around other stars. The dust in these disks are thought to be formed by destructuve collisions between larger planetesimals. Essentially, debris disks are analogs to the Solar System's Kuiper Belt, a ring of icy and rocky bodies that may have brought volatiles like water to the terrestrial planets.
I study relatively young (~30 Myr old) debris disks using the Herschel Space Observatory. Herschel is an infrared observatory that can image the cold dust surrounding the star. By combining this data with observations at other wavelengths, we can model the properties of the disk.
This work is part of the Herschel Open Time Key Programme Gas in Protoplanetary Systems.