Michael C. Cushing

[Cushing]

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the director of the Ritter Planetarium at the University of Toledo. My research focuses on the discovery and characterization of low-mass stars and brown dwarfs in the solar neighborhood using ground- and spaced-based telescopes and the development of the algorithms to both reduce and analyze these data. My research is supported by NASA and the NSF.

What's New?

[WISE0611-04] WISE 0611-04 is a Flux-Reversal Binary. Chris Gelino has shown that WISE 0611-45, originally identified as a T0 dwarf in our search of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) data, is actually a binary star with component spectral types of L9 and T1.5. Even more interesting is the fact that it is one of only six binaries where the magnitude differences between the components show a reversal in sign between the Y/J band and the H/K bands. Such binaries offer one of the best opportunities to understand the enigmatic L/T transition. The results have been published in the Astrophysical Journal in Gelino et al. (2014).