Aishwarya Iyer

Grad Research Associate
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
Liberal Arts & Sciences


PhD, Astrophysics - Arizona State University, 2022

M.S, Physics - California State University Northridge, 2017

B.S, Physics - University of California San Diego, 2015

Research Interests

Atmospheric studies :  Low mass stars, Brown dwarfs, exoplanets. Also interested in stellar evolution, theoretical modeling of clouds, turbulent convection etc. and spectroscopy. 


Research Activity

Currently, I am working on characterising M dwarf atmospheres. M dwarfs are extremely important targets to study, they are low mass stars that make up a silent majority ~70% of stars in the milky way galaxy, and are surrounded by terrestrial rocky planets. Studying their atmospheres have been a challenge for years as they are not hot enough like the sun or other FGK stars that have clear atomic lines in their spectra. They have many molecules dominating their atmospheres making it hard to apply classical stellar analysis. My PhD work will involve efficiently modeling these atmospheres to get a better understanding of the rocky worlds that surround them.