Dr. Corrales leads the Space Particulates In Complex Environments (SPICEs) research group to study astrophysical solids, from the interstellar medium to exoplanet atmospheres. To achieve this goal, she specializes in developing advanced observational techniques that extend the capabilities of currently operating space-based observatories into new scientific areas. For example, her latest work characterizes exoplanet atmospheres at ultra-violet wavelengths, which can shed light on the physical processes that govern planetary demographics and, some day, habitability. As a leader in the X-ray Imaging Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM, launching in 2023), she works on astromineralogy — understanding the mineral composition, size distribution, and location of interstellar dust grains — which yields insight on the chemical evolution of the Universe. Her wide research portfolio includes additional topics such as the high resolution X-ray spectrum of Sgr A*, transforming laboratory data into physical models, and high energy characterization of exoplanet host stars.

She works to develop inclusive research environments in a variety of forms. She founded the peer-mentoring network, WoCCode, which seeks to unite women of color and other members of minoritized groups interested in software to battle feelings of isolation and marginalization that are prevalent in institutional settings.

WoCCode applications are open. woc.code@gmail.com

SPICEs in the News

XRISM has launched!

The X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM) will investigate celestial X-ray objects in the Universe with high-throughput imaging and high-resolution spectroscopy. XRISM was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center at 8:42 a.m on September 7, 2023 JST in Japan (23:42 on September 6, 2023 UT).

End of the Summer Announcements

The XRISM launch date is now Sunday, August 27 at 9:30 JST (Saturday, August 26 at 20:30 EDT). You can watch the XRISM+SLIM launch in English here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TTTJ20iRbs

SPICEs research featured in Science magazine

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