PTYS/LPL Graduate Students
Theodore KaretaOrbital Dynamics, Planetary Astronomy, Planetary Surfaces, Small Bodies
I am interested in understanding the current properties and evolution of small bodies through analysis of spacecraft and telescopic observations. To put it a little more casually, I want to study specific objects that help us understand how small bodies change in time - and what that says about how we should interpret their modern properties and activity in terms of their history. My research has thus-far focused on telescopic characterization of the Phaethon-Geminid-Complex: a grouping of small bodies, lead by its largest member (3200) Phaethon, associated with the Geminid meteor shower.
First Author Publications:
- Kareta et al., "Rotationally Resolved Spectroscopic Characterization of Near-Earth Object (3200) Phaethon", (2018), Astronomical Journal, 156, 6.
- Reddy et al. (includes T. Kareta), Near-Earth asteroid 2012 TC4 campaign: Results from global planetary defense exercise, (2019), Icarus, TBD, TBD
- Two OSIRIS-REx papers (to be published ~March, 2019)