The experimental astronomy group, in conjunction with the UT astronomy department, measure luminosity curves for white dwarf stars in order to study periodic variations in their intensities. With expected periodicity in the range of 1s to 1000s, this time scale allows for usable data to be collected in the relatively short time period of one to a few nights.
Undergraduate students can also be involved in current research through:
- Star selection;
- Operation of the CTAS telescope via an internet interface; and
- Recording and analysis of raw data in the form of CCD images that are converted to light curves.