Professor of Astronomy Director of Undergraduate Studies
Research interests: The study of gamma-ray bursts, optical transients (mainly from the Pan-STARRS project), and magnetic fields in low-mass stars and brown dwarfs. He uses observations across the electromagnetic spectrum, from radio to γ-rays.
Robert Treat Paine Professor of Practical Astronomy
Research Interests:High Energy Astrophysics: Studies of accretion onto compact objects (black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs). Development of detectors and telescopes for wide-field imaging surveys of black holes discovered in soft-to-hard X-rays. Time Domain Astrophysics: X-ray/optical/IR studies of Transients and variability of black holes in binaries and galactic nuclei to probe extreme physics phenomena and constrain black hole populations. Days-to-Century optical variability studies of stars and quasars with DASCH and followup spectroscopy to constrain formation and evolution of black holes.
Research interests: Observations of supernovae for themselves and for cosmology using HST, Magellan, MMT, and the Whipple Observatory. Use of rest frame infrared observations for Type Ia supernovae to improve measurements of dark energy properties. Ongoing Hubble Space Telescope study of SN 1987A, the brightest since 1604!
Research Interests: Her research focuses on the catastrophic death of stars, “supernovae”. She combines astronomical data sets from many observatories and satellites in order to probe the eruptive, destructive, and explosive nature of supernovae and their role in the Universe.