Rita Mann


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Plaskett Fellow, NRC Herzberg
B.Sc., 2004, University of Victoria
M.Sc., 2006, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Ph.D., 2010, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Phone: +1 250-363-3246
E-mail: Rita [dot] Mann [at] nrc-cnrc [dot] gc [dot] ca
Personal Website: http://ritamann.com/astrosci/Home.html

Areas of Interest: Protoplanetary Disks, Orion Nebula, Submillimeter Interferometry
I am currently a Plaskett Fellow at NRC Herzberg in Victoria. Previously, I was a graduate student at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UHIfA), where I received my Ph.D. I am primarily interested in studying the fundamental properties of protoplanetary disks around young stars in massive star forming environments, which comprise the typical birth environment of most stars, including our own Sun. My Ph.D. thesis involved a submillimeter interferometric survey of the Orion “proplyds”, or protoplanetary disks, which uncovered that a significant fraction of the young stars in the region have enough mass in their disks to potentially form Solar systems like our own. I am the Principal Investigator of approved Cycle 0 and Cycle 1 projects with the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) to study protoplanetary disks in the Orion Nebula. These observations will exploit ALMA’s Early Science capabilities to perform the most sensitive and large-scale study of protoplanetary disks in Orion at submillimeter wavelengths, surveying 300 young stars, including ~75% of all known Hubble Space Telescope identified disks in the region.