Dr. Mikael Granvik


I have been a postdoc at IfA since March 2008 and I am working with Dr. Robert Jedicke and his team developing the Moving Object Processing System (MOPS) for the Panoramic Survey Telescope And Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS).

Data has started accumulating from the 1/4 prototype Pan-STARRS 1 (PS1) in spring 2010, and I will primarily participate in the analysis of near-Earth object (NEO) data. In particular, I am interested topics such as asteroid-Earth collision-probability computation, asteroid mass estimation through mutual orbital perturbations as well as the estimation of the size-frequency and orbital distributions of NEOs.

The most intriguing possibility with an unprecedented survey mission like PS1 is the discovery of completely new types of objects. The kind of analysis required to extract the science from such discoveries cannot typically be entirely planned in advance. Therefore it is important that scientists like myself understand the details of the automated data-analysis pipeline and can judge the reliability of the output, or even improve the pipeline during the ongoing survey, if needed.


Institute for Astronomy

2680 Woodlawn Drive

Honolulu, HI 96822


office  C-211

voice   1 808 956 0982

fax      1 808 988 3893

mgranvik at iki fi


Last updated Friday, May 20, 2011.