Debra Ann Fischer

Debra Ann Fischer- Debra Fischer is a professor of Astronomy at Yale University. Her research is centered on the detection and characterization of planets orbiting other stars. Since 1997, she has participated in the discovery of more than 150 planets, working with colleagues Geoff Marcy (UC Berkeley), Paul Butler (Carnegie Institution) and Steve Vogt (UCSC). Working with colleague Jeff Valenti (Space Telescope Science Institute) she has modeled spectra of stars on planet search programs at Lick Observatory, Keck Observatory, the Anglo-Australian Observatory, demonstrating a strong correlation between the chemical composition of stars and the presence of gas giant planets.

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