Education2016 (expected): Ph.D. Astrophysics
University of Chicago
2011: B.S. Astronomy and Physics, with distinction
I work on atmospheric studies of exoplanets, with a focus on super-Earths. I'm currently working with Jacob Bean on an intensive Hubble Space Telescope program to characterize GJ 1214b, a nearby super-Earth. Our goal is to make the first detection of spectral features in its atmosphere, and thus constrain the bulk composition and formation history of the planet.
I am also interested in astrostatisticsusing Bayesian methods, time series analysis, machine learning, and other techniques to maximize the science we can obtain from astronomical data sets, both large and small. Past work includes a Bayesian analysis of the mass distribution of stellar-mass black holes.
Publications and Conference ProceedingsTransmission Spectroscopy of the Super-Earth GJ 1214b Using HST/WFC3 in Spatial Scan Mode
L. Kreidberg, J. Bean, J. Desert, S. Seager, D. Deming, B. Benneke, Z.K. Berta, K.B. Stevenson, D. Homeier
2013, AAS Meeting #221, [ADS].
Mass Measurements of Black Holes in X-Ray Transients: Is There a Mass Gap?
L. Kreidberg, C. D. Bailyn, W. Farr, V. Kalogera.
2012, ApJ, 757, 36, [ADS].
The Mass Distribution of Stellar-Mass Black Holes
W. Farr, N. Sravan, A. Cantrell, L. Kreidberg, C. D. Bailyn, I. Mandel, V. Kalogera.
2011, ApJ, 741, 103, [ADS].
A Model of Cataclysmic Variable Systems with the Particle Simulation Code VINE
L. Kreidberg, M. Wood, M. Wetzstein.
2010, AAS Meeting #215, [ADS].