Jonathan Fraine
Postdoctoral Research Scientist

University of Arizona Steward Observatory

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My research involves discovering the chemistry in the atmospheres of foreign worlds, called Exoplanets. Exoplanets that fortuitously pass between their host star and the Earth allow a tiny-tiny fraction of starlight to pass through their upper atmosphere, and we use this to unveil the physics on the diverse multitude of planets in our galaxy.

I am a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist at the University of Arizona Steward Observatory working with Dr. Marica Rieke on the NIRCam instrument for JWST. I investigate exoplanet atmospheres from the ground (Magellan) and space (Hubble). At Steward Observatory, I study the efficacy of using the NIRCam instrument on the soon-to-be launched James Webb Space Telescope. By characterizing the detector before launch, we can optimize the use of the NIRCam detectors and grisms for exoplanet, atmospheric observations.

photo credit: mike wong
Contact Information
University of Arizona
Steward Observatory
933 N Cherry Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85721

Email: jdfraine @ email . arizona . edu
Office: Steward Observatory Rm 256