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Daniel Carrera

Daniel Carrera

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  • Assistant Research Professor
420 Davey Lab
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 863-7346


  1. Ph.D., Astronomy & Astrophysics, Lund University, 2016.
  2. M.S., Astronomy & Astrophysics, Lund University, 2012.
  3. B.Sc., Math & Physics, University of Toronto, 2001.

Selected Publications

Carrera, D., Davies, M.B., Johansen, A., “Toward an initial mass function for giant planets”, (submitted to MNRAS).

Yang, C.-C., Johansen, A., Carrera, D., “Concentrating small particles in protoplanetary disks through the streaming instability”, (submitted to A&A).

Carrera, D., Gorti, U., Johansen, A., Davies, M.B., “Planetesimal Formation by the Streaming Instability in a Photoevaporating Disk”, 2017, ApJ, 439, 16.

Carrera, D., Davies, M.B., Johansen, A., “Survival of habitable planets in unstable planetary systems”, 2016, MNRAS, 463, 3226.

Carrera, D., Johansen, A., Davies, M.B., “How to form planetesimals from mm-sized chondrules and chondrule aggregates”, 2015, A&A, 579, 43.

Research Interests

I am a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds at the Pennsylvania State University. My research interests include planet formation, the dynamical evolution of planetary systems, and the origin of volatiles (water and atmosphere) in super-Earths. Super-Earths are a type of exoplanet with a size between that of Earth and Neptune. While there are no super-Earths in the solar system, the Kepler mission has revealed that they are the most common type of planet in the Galaxy, with thousands already discovered.

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