Charles Schambeau

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Assistant Scientist

Florida Space Institute

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Charles Schambeau is a post-doctoral researcher who joined the Florida Space Institute as part of the Preeminent Postdoctoral Program at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Aug. 2018. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Physics at the University of South Alabama (2007), Master of Science in Physics at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (2009), thesis entitled “Applications of Velocity Selective Optical Pumping of Atomic Vapors Using Pump-Probe Spectroscopy”, and Doctor of Philosophy in Physics at the University of Central Florida (2018), dissertation entitled “Analysis of Nucleus Properties of the Enigmatic Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1”.

His research focuses on the origins of our solar system through observational studies of comets and Centaurs. In particular, he specializes in investigating objects in the Centaur-to-Jupiter-Family transition; a region where cometary activity is driven primarily by a process other than water-ice sublimation.

Authors Title Published Date Journal
Lilly, Eva; Jevčák, Peter; Schambeau, Charles; and 7 coauthors Semimajor-axis Jumps as the Activity Trigger in Centaurs and High-perihelion Jupiter-family Comets Jan 2024 The Astrophysical Journal 960, L8
Souza-Feliciano, A. C.; Holler, B. J.; Pinilla-Alonso, N.; and 16 coauthors Spectroscopy of the binary TNO Mors-Somnus with the JWST and its relationship to the cold classical and plutino subpopulations observed in the DiSCo-TNO project Jan 2024 Astronomy and Astrophysics 681, L17
Mainzer, A. K.; Masiero, J. R.; Abell, Paul A.; and 34 coauthors The Near-Earth Object Surveyor Mission Dec 2023 The Planetary Science Journal 4, 224
Pinto, O. Harrington; Kelley, M. S. P.; Villanueva, G. L.; and 9 coauthors First Detection of CO2 Emission in a Centaur: JWST NIRSpec Observations of 39P/Oterma Nov 2023 The Planetary Science Journal 4, 208
Schambeau, Charles A.; Lilly, Eva; Micheli, Marco; and 3 coauthors 2023 Recovery Observations and Characterization of the Active Centaur P/2010 TO20 (LINEAR-Grauer) Jun 2023 Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society 7, 134
Lisse, C. M.; Steckloff, J. K.; Prialnik, D.; and 12 coauthors 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1: A Rosetta Stone for Amorphous Water Ice and CO ↔ CO2 Conversion in Centaurs and Comets? Nov 2022 The Planetary Science Journal 3, 251
Lister, Tim; Kelley, Michael S. P.; Holt, Carrie E.; and 32 coauthors The LCO Outbursting Objects Key Project: Overview and Year 1 Status Jul 2022 The Planetary Science Journal 3, 173
Evangelista-Santana, M.; Carvano, J. M.; De Prá, M.; and 6 coauthors Physical and dynamical characterization of hyperbolic comet C/2017 U7 (PANSTARRS) May 2022 Icarus 377, 114834
Schambeau, Charles; McKay, Adam; Fernandez, Yanga; and 3 coauthors Enabling a First in a Lifetime Multi-Wavelength Gas and Dust Coma Characterization of the Centaur 39P/Oterma Mar 2022 HST Proposal , 16921
Lilly, Eva; Hsieh, Henry; Bauer, James; and 5 coauthors No Activity among 13 Centaurs Discovered in the Pan-STARRS1 Detection Database Aug 2021 The Planetary Science Journal 2, 155
Schambeau, Charles A.; Fernández, Yanga R.; Samarasinha, Nalin H.; and 4 coauthors Characterization of Thermal-infrared Dust Emission and Refinements to the Nucleus Properties of Centaur 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 Aug 2021 The Planetary Science Journal 2, 126
Kareta, Theodore; Woodney, Laura M.; Schambeau, Charles; and 10 coauthors Contemporaneous Multiwavelength and Precovery Observations of the Active Centaur P/2019 LD2 (ATLAS) Apr 2021 The Planetary Science Journal 2, 48
Steckloff, J. K.; Sarid, G.; Volk, K.; and 5 coauthors P/2019 LD2 (ATLAS): An Active Centaur in Imminent Transition to the Jupiter Family Dec 2020 The Astrophysical Journal 904, L20
Schambeau, Charles A.; Fernández, Yanga R.; Samarasinha, Nalin H.; and 2 coauthors Analysis of HST WFPC2 Observations of Centaur 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 while in Outburst to Place Constraints on the Nucleus’ Rotation State Dec 2019 The Astronomical Journal 158, 259
Schambeau, Charles Alfred Analysis of nucleus properties of the enigmatic Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 Jan 2018 Ph.D. Thesis ,