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Nate McCrady
University of California, Berkeley
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Astrophysics (6)
Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (5)
Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (3)
Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (2)
Astrophysics of Galaxies (1)

Publications Authored By Nate McCrady

White dwarfs are the end state of most stars, including the Sun, after they exhaust their nuclear fuel. Between 1/4 and 1/2 of white dwarfs have elements heavier than helium in their atmospheres, even though these elements should rapidly settle into the stellar interiors unless they are occasionally replenished. The abundance ratios of heavy elements in white dwarf atmospheres are similar to rocky bodies in the Solar system. Read More

We present multiwavelength, multi-telescope, ground-based follow-up photometry of the white dwarf WD 1145+017, that has recently been suggested to be orbited by up to six or more, short-period, low-mass, disintegrating planetesimals. We detect 9 significant dips in flux of between 10% and 30% of the stellar flux from our ground-based photometry. We observe transits deeper than 10% on average every ~3. Read More

The MINiature Exoplanet Radial Velocity Array (MINERVA) is a US-based observational facility dedicated to the discovery and characterization of exoplanets around a nearby sample of bright stars. MINERVA employs a robotic array of four 0.7 m telescopes outfitted for both high-resolution spectroscopy and photometry, and is designed for completely autonomous operation. Read More

We report the first detection of the intrinsic velocity dispersion of the Arches cluster - a young (~2 Myr), massive (~10,000 Solar Mass) starburst cluster located near the Galactic center. This was accomplished using proper motion measurements within the central region of the cluster, obtained with the laser guide star adaptive optics system at Keck Observatory over a 3 year time baseline (2006-2009). This uniform dataset results in proper motion measurements that are improved by a factor ~5 over previous measurements from heterogeneous instruments, yielding internal velocity dispersion estimates 0. Read More

Large ground-based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics (AO) systems have ushered in a new era of high-resolution infrared photometry and astrometry. Relative astrometric accuracies of <0.2 mas have already been demonstrated from infrared images with spatial resolutions of 55-95 mas resolution over 10-20'' fields of view. Read More

We present observations of a massive star cluster near the nuclear region of the nearby starburst galaxy NGC 253. The peak of near-infrared emission, which is spatially separated by 4" from the kinematic center of the galaxy, is coincident with a super star cluster whose properties we examine with low-resolution (R ~ 1,200) infrared CTIO spectroscopy and optical/near-infrared HST imaging. Extinction, measured from [FeII] lines, is estimated at Av = 17. Read More

We use high-resolution near-infrared spectroscopy from Keck Observatory to measure the stellar velocity dispersions of 19 super star clusters (SSCs) in the nuclear starburst of M82. The clusters have ages on the order of 10 Myr, which is many times longer than the crossing times implied by their velocity dispersions and radii. We therefore apply the Virial Theorem to derive the kinematic mass for 15 of the SSCs. Read More

Affiliations: 1University of California, Berkeley, 2University of California, Berkeley, 3University of California, Berkeley
Category: Astrophysics

The point-spread function (PSF) of an adaptive optics (AO) system is often poorly known. This ignorance can lead to significant systematic errors in photometry. Since the degree of AO correction is sensitive to the observing conditions: seeing, wind speed, brightness of the wavefront reference, etc. Read More

Affiliations: 1UC Berkeley, 2UC Berkeley, 3NASA Ames Research Center
Category: Astrophysics

We investigate the Initial Mass Function and mass segregation in super star cluster M82-F with high resolution Keck/NIRSPEC echelle spectroscopy. Cross-correlation with template supergiant spectra provides the velocity dispersion of the cluster, enabling measurement of the kinematic (virial) mass of the cluster when combined with sizes from NICMOS and ACS images. We find a mass of 6. Read More

BIMA observations of the Orion nebula discovered a giant flare from a young star previously undetected at millimeter wavelengths. The star briefly became the brightest compact object in the nebula at 86 GHz. Its flux density increased by more than a factor of 5 on a timescale of hours, to a peak of 160 mJy. Read More

Using high-resolution (R~22,000) near-infrared (1.51 -- 1.75 microns) spectra from Keck Observatory, we measure the kinematic masses of two super star clusters in M82. Read More

Affiliations: 1UC Berkeley, 2UC Berkeley, 3JPL/Caltech, 4Caltech, 5UC Berkeley, 6IfA/Hawaii, 7UC Berkeley
Category: Astrophysics

We present optical and near-infrared Keck spectroscopy of CXOHDFN J123635.6+621424 (hereafter HDFX28), a hard X-ray source at a redshift of z = 2.011 in the flanking fields of the Hubble Deep Field-North (HDF-N). Read More