Salam is a PhD student at Physics and Astronomy at NUI Galway, under the supervision of Dr. Ray Butler and Dr. Aaron Golden. His research on study optical variability in late-M and early-L dwarfs. His photometric campaign was carried out using the Galway Ultra-Fast Imager (GUFI) on the 1.8m Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT), on Mt. Graham, Arizona. Salam obtained Bachelor Degrees in Physics from the University of Baghdad, Iraq and also obtained a Masters Degree at the Fergusson College - University of Pune, India. From December 2009 to May 2014, Salam worked as an assistant lecturer for the department of Physics/College of science (Alnahrain University, Iraq)
The Light Curve Fitter: A novel application for deconvolving two superimposed sinusoidal waves developed using the Agile Software Development Lifecycle.
The Galway Ultra-Fast Imager (GUFI) located on the 1.8m Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT) was tasked to monitor tight brown dwarf binaries. However, due to the close separation between the components in these binaries, the GUFI photometer could not image each component of binary systems as a point source in our campaign. Therefore, we developed and employed our novel application, the ‘Light Curve Fitter’, which is capable of distinguishing two superimposed sinusoidal waves. This application allows users to untangle the secondary component's variability signature from that of the dominant primary variability.