brad newton barlow


Brad N. Barlow

Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics

Eberly College of Science

The Pennsylvania State University

525 Davey Lab

University Park, PA 16802


401 Davey Lab

(814) 863 4690

bbarlow [at]





I am currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at Penn State, working with Dr. Richard Wade on several projects related to hot subdwarf stars.  Every five weeks, I serve as a PSU “Burst Advocate” for Swift-detected gamma-ray bursts. During the Fall 2012 semester, I taught a 300-student section of ASTR 001 (introductory astronomy for non-science majors), which I thoroughly enjoyed and miss! 

My dissertation, “Time-Domain Studies of Hot Subdwarf Stars,” was completed under the supervision of Professor Chris Clemens in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In addition to working on hot subdwarfs and white dwarfs, I also helped commission the Goodman Spectrograph on the 4.1-m SOAR telescope.   Previously, I worked with Dr. Patrick Lestrade on FREGATE background measurements and other GRB-related projects while an undergraduate physics major at Mississippi State University

Aside from astronomy, I enjoy teaching/public outreach, playing the piano, composing music, road cycling, and watching movies.  When not in front of a computer, I can often be found experimenting with leitmotifs at the piano or recording music for weddings.  If interested in piano recordings or original music for weddings/short films/etc., please contact me at the email address below.


Hot subdwarf stars, white dwarfs, asteroseismology, stellar evolution, binary stars, globular cluster morphology, gamma-ray bursts, exoplanets, Type 1a supernovae

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Post Doctoral Research Scholar

The Pennsylvania State University

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RECENT NEWS:  17 Jan -- Discovery paper on EC 10246-2707 (sdB+dM) published in MNRAS