Kamen Todorov Astronomy Postdoc

Research Interests

I study the compositions of exoplanet atmospheres in order to to learn more about planet formation and evolution. I investigate both directly imaged and transiting exoplanets. My research relies on techniques like spectral retrieval, transit, and secondary eclipse spectroscopy. I base my work on observations from facilities like Spitzer, VLT and Gemini.

About me

I defended my PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics at Pennsylvania State University in 2013. While there, I worked first with Kevin Luhman and later with Drake Deming (NASA/Goddard, University of Maryland - College Park). My thesis was titled "Hot Jupiter Atmospheres with the Spitzer Space Telescope". In October 2013, I began a postdoc at ETH Zürich, where my main collaborators were Michael Meyer and Sascha Quanz. At ETH, I focused on retrieving observed spectra of directly imaged companions (read more e.g., here).

Since November 2016, I am a postdoctoral researcher at University of Amsterdam in Jean-Michel Désert's group. In Amsterdam, I have taken charge of a large transiting exoplanet project using ground-based multiobject spectroscopy to study the chemical compositions of gas giants and super-Earths. I also actively participate in the James Webb Space Telescope's Early Release Science proposal preparation and prepare to lead projects utilizing this future telescope.

My CV/resume can be viewed as a PDF here.