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Prospective Graduate Student Information

Faculty Member : Brett Gladman

Prospective students

2015-summer 2016: I am on sabbatical July 2015-June 2016. The application procedure for students to enter Sept 2016 in the M.Sc.(Astro) and then PhD(Astro) degrees are given at: UBC PHAS Graduate Program Page

I expect to be able to support one additional student beginning in September 2016, with applications due Dec 15/2015 in the process described at the above web site. If you are interested in planetary astronomy, it would be useful to drop me a line indicating your interest; please understand that the entrance to the program is a competitive process across all specialties in the department.

Dear prospective graduate student,

My research covers a wide array of topics which share the common theme of understanding the origin and evolution of planetary systems. Students could be involved in either theoretical or observational research topics, including topics such as:

1. Large-scale numerical studies of Solar System dynamics
-- A. Planet formation, especially late stages.
-- B. Celestial mechanics, orbital stability
-- C. Dynamics of small bodies (meteoroids, asteroids, comets) in our S.S. and exoplanetary
-- D. Impact history of planetary surfaces in the Solar System
-- E. Exobiology : Interplanetary transfer of bacteria in meteorites

2. Observational studies of small bodies of our solar system.
-- A. The satellites systems of the giant planets
-- B. The Kuiper Belt (the Canada France Ecliptic Plane Survey ) and the new OSSOS project.
-- C. Main belt asteroids

You can find a link to my full ADS list at the bottom of my main web page (follow the last link on this page and then then last link on my home page).


The Planetary Sciences lab has a 276-core Beowulf cluster (named LeVerrier) which is used dominantly for astronomical dynamics calculations. The many terabytes of observational data are analysed on several powerful Linux workstations which are connected to large, fast disk arrays. Observations regularly occur at the best telescopes around the world (Chile, Hawaii, Arizona, Spain, and Canary Islands islands) providing a broad observing experience.

In the planetary sciences lab

Left :

In the UBC planetary sciences laboratory
of the Physics and Astronomy department, with
postdoctoral research fellow Lynne Allen, looking
at images of a newly-discovered moon of Jupiter.



A close-up of some of the LeVerrier beowulf cluster,
built by Aspen Systems, Inc. The cluster consists of 76 Opteron 2.2 GHz 64-bit CPUs, and 25
dual quad-core Intel em64t CPUs.
LeVerrier is optimised for very CPU-instensive calculations.
Also visible are one of the cluster's multi-Terabytes RAID arrays (120 TB total),
used for the storage and processing of the imaging
data from the Canada France Ecliptic Plane survey Leverrier and OSSOS survey.

The cluster runs a Linux operating system
and uses torque-PBS as a scheduler.
The cluster has been in continuous more than 95% of the time
since its installaion in August 2003.
Users interested in using LeVerrier may contact Gladman.

Students working on thesis projects with me will also be exposed to the research of the faculty members in the
Institute of Planetary Science at UBC, providing exposure to many different aspects of planetary science.
See the Institute's web pages for more information.


Go to URL:

UBC Astronomy Graduate Home Page
if you are browsing the faculty pages.

Brett Gladman's home page
for information on how to contact me.