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Sean Carey

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Sean Carey is the IRAC instrument support team lead at the Spitzer Science Center which is part of the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at Caltech.  I have been interested in space and astronomy since watching the first lunar landing when I was three.   My current day job is leading the team that enables the science coming from the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) aboard the Spitzer Space Telescope.  We are responsible for the calibration and processing of the data and helping astronomers around the world make the best use possible of the infrared images taken.  Observing exoplanets is a particular challenge as we are interested in very small changes (parts per million) in the observed brightness of the host star.  I have been luckily enough to help in designing new ways of using Spitzer to characterize planets around other stars.  I have only sort of broken the telescope twice in the 13 years I have been working on Spitzer.  For my own personal research, I map our Galaxy in the infrared to help understand where and how stars form and I help find and characterize planets using Spitzer to study transiting exoplanets and planets detected through microlensing.  When I can make it outside, I enjoy playing and coaching soccer.