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Assistant Professor, UTSC Composition and Structure of Super-Earths and Mini-Neptunes, Formation processes and chemistry of Rocky Planets, Thermal evolution and Interior Dynamics of Rocky and Icy PlanetsPh.D. 2008, Harvard
Work Phone: (416)-208-2986 Website: http://www.astro.utoronto.ca/~valencia/

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The characterisation of the low-mass planets: super-Earths and mini-Neptunes. The former are planets that are mostly solid, either rocky or icy in composition, while the latter posses also a volatile
envelope. My goal is to determine if planets with masses between 1-15 Earth-masses are scaled up versions of Earth, or scaled-down versions of Neptune in terms of their composition, evolution and physical properties.

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Professor Compact objects, stars and binaries, their structure, formation and evolution, and their use to infer fundamental physical properties.Ph.D. 1993, Amsterdam
Work Phone: (416)946-7288 Website: http://www.astro.utoronto.ca/~mhvk/

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I am interested in compact objects, stars and binaries, their structure, formation and evolution, and their use to infer fundamental physical properties. My research is based on observations, but
includes interpretation, theory and numerical modelling as required. Currently, I am trying to use
neutron stars to study physics in conditions out of reach of terrestrial experiment, and to solve associated astronomical puzzles. I am also looking at the origin of SN Ia explosions (hoping to confirm our suggestion that these are due to white-dwarf me rgers, even for sub-Chandrasekhar mass), and, more generally, try to predict what types of transients should occur
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Assistant Professor, DAA & Dunlap Long wavelength (radio, microwave) instrumentation and cosmology, particularly large scale structure and the expansion history of the universe.Ph.D. 2008, Chicago
Work Phone: (416)946-5436 Website: http://dunlap.utoronto.ca/~vanderlinde

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My primary research interests involve the Large Scale Structure (LSS) in the Universe. By studying its properties and evolution, we can make firm statements about the physical processes which must have been active. Despite — or perhaps because of — its size, the LSS is difficult to observe, and specialized instruments and surveys are required to study it. I work on two such instruments, the South Pole Telescope (SPT), and the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME).

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