Lisa Dang

Graduate Student in Physics
Astrophysicist - Exoplanetologist

Hello, welcome to my website! I am a PhD student at McGill University in Nick Cowan's Research Group and I study exoplanets. Additionally, I am also a member of the McGill Space Institute (MSI) and Université of Montréal's Institut de Recherche sur les Exoplanètes (iREx).

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Research

Understanding exoplanets,
planets outside of our solar system.

Over the past 25 years, thousands of exoplanets has been discovered and many more are expected to be found. This immense discovery challenges the core of our understanding of our own solar system which is what makes this field so interesting!

Here is an overview of projects I am involved in and have worked on in the past.

Image Credits: NASA/W. Stenzel


Characterizing Exoplanets' Atmosphere

Unveiling Exoplanets' Climate via Phase Observations

Thermal phase curves contain a wealth of information about what is going on in a planet's atmosphere. From full phase observation, one can recover the longitudinal surface brightness of a planets which ultimately revealed the atmospheric physics of the planet.

Detection of a Westward Hotspot Offset in the Atmosphere of a Hot Gas Giant CoRoT-2b (Dang et al. 2018):
Nature Astronomy | ADS

Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (IPAC)


Gravitational Microlensing

Towards the bulge of the Milky way.

Over the past decade, the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) on board of the Spitzer Space Telescope has contributed to a vast range of scientific investigations. More recently, IRAC has taken a new role as ``microlens parallax satellite". In 2017, I received a Visiting Graduate Rresearch Fellowship to work on developing decorrelation methods to remove detector systematics from microlens events observations.

Detrending Spitzer Microlensing Campaign Light Curves using Pixel Level Decorrelation:
Sagan Workshop Poster | ADS


Astronomers Views on Education and Public Outreach

A call for policy changes.

Over the past few years there have been a number of studies exploring the development of an interest in science and scientists' views on public outreach. Yet, to date, there has been no global study regarding astronomers' views on these matters. Through a quantitative analysis of reponses from astronomers on their views on astronomy, we investigate various trends present in the astronomical community.

Perhaps, one of the most important trend is the claim that education and public outreach is regarded as an optional task rather than a scientist's duty. Our study reveals that many astronomers are of the opinion that a larger percentage of their research time should be invested in outreach activities, calling for a change in grant policies.

How Astronomers View Education and Public Outreach: An Exploratory Study (Dang & Russo 2015):
CAP Journal | ADS


Occurence Rate of Exoplanets

Orbiting Sun-like stars using the Lick Survey

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OutReach and Teaching

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