Faculty

Charles R. Alcock

Charles R. Alcock

Director, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Professor of Astronomy

Research Interests:  The determination of the composition of cosmic dark matter, innovative surveys of the outer solar system, massive compact halo objects, comets and asteroids.

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden St., MS 45
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-7100
Edo Berger

Edo Berger

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.

Perkin Lab P-320
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS-19
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-7914
David Charbonneau

David Charbonneau

Professor of Astronomy
Astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Research Interests: Detection and characterization of extrasolar planets, with the goal of studying inhabited worlds. In pursuit of this goal I also pursue novel ground-based and space-based instrumentation, and studies of stellar astrophysics.

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street MS-16
Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone: 617 496 6515
p: (617) 495-3752
Jonathan E. Grindlay

Jonathan E. Grindlay

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.

Office B-420
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden St., MS-06
Cambridge, MA 02138
Fax: (617) 495-7356
p: (617) 495-7204
Lars Hernquist

Lars Hernquist

Mallinckrodt Professor of Astrophysics

Research Interests: Theoretical studies of dynamical processes in cosmology and galaxy formation/galaxy evolution. Numerical simulations of stellar dynamical and hydrodynamical systems. Investigations of the physics of compact objects, particularly neutron stars and the interplay between thermal and magnetic processes in strongly magnetized neutron stars.

Perkin Lab, P-235
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden St., MS-51
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 496-4180
Robert  P. Kirshner

Robert P. Kirshner

Clowes Professor of Science

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!

Perkin Lab, P-322
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS-19
Cambridge, MA 02138

Assistant: Lisa Catella (617) 495-7390
Fax: (617) 495-7467
p: (617) 495-7519
John M. Kovac

John M. Kovac

Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics

Research Interests: His cosmology research focuses on observations of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) to reveal signatures of the physics that drove the birth of the universe, the creation of its structure, and its present-day expansion. His research over the past two decades has involved the design, deployment, and operation of multiple generations of radio telescopes at the Amundsen-Scott Station at the South Pole.

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS 42
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 496-0611
James M. Moran

James M. Moran

Donald H. Menzel Professor of Astrophysics

Research Interests: Radio Astronomy, Supermassive Black HoleMassive Star FormationActive Galactic NucleiExtragalactic Distance Scale, Cosmic Masers.
Instrumentation:  Astronomical Detectors and Telescopes , Very Long Baseline Interferometers

Office: M-336
160 Concord Street
Fax: 617-495-7345

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS-42
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617)495-7477