People » Theodora Karalidi

Dr Karalidi received her PhD from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Her work focuses on modeling the spectropolarimetric signal of exoplanet and brown dwarf atmospheres. Dr Karalidi is also working on mapping exoatmospheres using observational light curves. She spent 4 years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Arizona, and 1.5 years at the University of California Santa Cruz before joining UCF as an Assistant Professor in 2019. She was part of the team that first reported the existence of banded cloud structures on brown dwarf atmospheres, a result which was published in Science in August 2017.

Exoplanetary and brown dwarf atmospheres.

Mapping exoatmospheres.


Zones, spots, and planetary-scale waves beating in brown dwarf atmospheres- Apai, Karalidi et al; Science, Volume 357, Issue 6352, pp. 683-687 (2017). 

Aeolus: A Markov Chain Monte Carlo Code for Mapping Ultracool Atmospheres. An Application on Jupiter and Brown Dwarf HST Light Curves – Karalidi et al; The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 814, Issue 1, article id. 65, 17 pp. (2015)

Modeled flux and polarization signals of horizontally inhomogeneous exoplanets applied to Earth-like planets; Karalidi et al; Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 546, id.A56, 12 pp (2012)

Looking for the rainbow on exoplanets covered by liquid and icy water clouds; Karalidi et al; Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 548, id.A90, 13 pp. (2012)

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