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Holly Sheets Name: Holly Sheets
Title: Graduate Student
Room: PSC 1260
Phone: (301) 405-2339
E-mail: hsheets
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I work with Professor Drake Deming, studying secondary eclipses of small exoplanets from the Kepler data archive. I am using a novel approach of averaging light curves of many candidates with similar orbital and physical characteristics to increase the signal-to-noise, which allows for the detection of faint signals not recoverable from individual systems. I can determine an average albedo for the group, which can constrain atmosphere and cloud models. I also plan to use the technique to look for refracted light through the planetary atmosphere just outside transit.

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