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I am an astronomer with a research focus on star formation. I use multiwavelength observations (from X-ray, to optical, to radio) to investigate nearby star-forming regions and the young stellar objects (YSOs) that reside therein.


Several highlights include:
• Demonstrating that most clusters of young stars are expanding and gravitationally unbound (Kuhn et al. 2019, ApJ, 870, 32)
• Compilation of the Spitzer/IRAC Candidate YSO (SPICY) catalog, one of the largest catalogs of disk-bearing young stars (Kuhn et al. 2021, ApJS, 254, 33)
• Discovery that a segment of the nearest Milky Way spiral arm (visible to the unaided eye at night) is not where it was expected to be, and instead forms a spur extending out of the arm (Kuhn et al. 2021, A&A Letters, 651, 10)

Publications via NASA ADS

I am actively engaged in astrostatistics, and since 2019, I've been a member of the Cosmostatistics-Initiative (COIN).

Education/Academic qualification

Astronomy & Astrophysics, Doctor of Philosophy, The Spatial Structure of Young Stellar Clusters, The Pennsylvania State University

1 Sept 20081 May 2014

Award Date: 16 Aug 2014

Astrophysics, B.A.

1 Sept 200310 May 2007

Award Date: 10 May 2007

External positions

California Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology

22 Feb 201830 Oct 2022

Chilean National Science Funding Programme (FONDECYT)

1 Nov 20141 Nov 2017

The Pennsylvania State University

1 Sept 20071 May 2014


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  • Clustering Properties of Intermediate and High-mass Young Stellar Objects

    Vioque, M., Cavieres, M., González, M. P., Ribas, Á., Oudmaijer, R. D., Mendigutía, I., Kilian, L., Canovas, H. & Kuhn, M. A., 1 Nov 2023, In: The Astronomical Journal . 166, 5, p. 1-21 21 p., 183.

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  • Roman Early-Definition Astrophysics Survey Opportunity: Galactic Roman Infrared Plane Survey (GRIPS)

    Paladini, R., Zucker, C., Benjamin, R., Nataf, D., Minniti, D., Zasowski, G., Peek, J., Carey, S., Allen, L., Alonso-Garcia, J., Alves, J., Anders, F., Athanassoula, E., Beers, T. C., Bird, J., Bland-Hwathorn, J., Brown, A., Buder, S., Casagrande, L., Casey, A., & 50 othersCassisi, S., Catelan, M., Chary, R-R., Chene, A-N., Ciardi, D., Comeron, F., Cohen, R., Dame, T., Drimmel, R., Trincado, J. F., Finkbeiner, D., Geisler, D., Gennaro, M., Goodman, A., Green, G., Hajdu, G., Henderson, C., Hora, J., Ivanov, V. D., Kirkpatrick, D., Kobayashi, C., Kuhn, M., Kunder, A., Lu, J., Lucas, P. W., Majaess, D., Megeath, S. T., Meisner, A., Molinari, S., Mroz, P., Ness, M., Neumayer, N., Nogueras-Lara, F., Noriega-Crespo, A., Poleski, R., Rix, H-W., Rebull, L., Reggiani, H., Rejkuba, M., Saito, R. K., Schoenrich, R., Saydjari, A., Schisano, E., Schlafly, E., Schlaufman, K., Smith, L., Speagle, J., Wisz, D., Wyse, R. & Zakamska, N., 14 Jul 2023.

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  • VISIONS: The VISTA Star Formation Atlas

    Meingast, S., Alves, J., Bouy, H., Petr-Gotzens, M. G., Fürnkranz, V., Großschedl, J. E., Hernandez, D., Rottensteiner, A., Arnaboldi, M., Ascenso, J., Bayo, A., Brändli, E., Brown, A. G. A., Forbrich, J., Goodman, A., Hacar, A., Hasenberger, B., Köhler, R., Kubiak, K., Kuhn, M., & 20 othersLada, C., Leschinski, K., Lombardi, M., Mardones, D., Mascetti, L., Miret-Roig, N., Moitinho, A., Mužic, K., Piecka, M., Posch, L., Prusti, T., Ramírez, K. P., Ramlau, R., Ratzenböck, S., Sacco, G., Swiggum, C., Teixeira, P. S., Urban, V., Zari, E. & Zucker, C., 31 May 2023, In: Astronomy & Astrophysics. 673, p. 1-14 14 p., A58.

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  • Repeating Outbursts from the Young Stellar Object Gaia23bab (=SPICY 97589)

    Kuhn, M. A., Benjamin, R. A., Ishida, E. E. O., Souza, R. S. D., Peloton, J. & Veneri, M. D., 1 Mar 2023, In: Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society . 7, 3, p. 57 1 p.

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  • Spectroscopic Confirmation of a Population of Isolated, Intermediate-mass Young Stellar Objects

    Kuhn, M. A., Saber, R., Povich, M. S., de Souza, R. S., Krone-Martins, A., Ishida, E. E. O., Zucker, C., Benjamin, R. A., Hillenbrand, L. A., Castro-Ginard, A., Zhou, X. & Collaboration, COIN., 31 Jan 2023, In: The Astronomical Journal. 165, 1, p. 1-16 16 p., 3.

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