Natalie Gosnell

Graduate Student

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Research Interests:

I am interested in how close stellar encounters dynamically alter the population of open clusters.  For my thesis, I’m investigating the formation mechanism of blue straggler stars.  I use Hubble photometry to directly detect their white dwarf companions in order to map out the mass transfer history of these fascinating stellar products.



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I am a sixth-year graduate student working with Professor Bob Mathieu.  I also collaborate closely with Professor Dave Pooley at Sam Houston State University.

I received my B.A. in Physics from Colorado College in May 2008 and my M.S. in Astronomy from UW - Madison in May 2010.  My dissertation topic focuses on observational evidence for close stellar interactions in open clusters, focusing on the X-ray binary and blue straggler populations.  Our research group was awarded time on the Hubble Space Telescope to obtain far-UV imaging of the blue straggler population of NGC 188.  The far-UV data revealed that the more

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