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Astronomy and Space Sciences

Field Description

Members of the staff are particularly interested in directing graduate research in the following subjects:

Astronomy and astrophysics. Relativity and cosmology; dynamics of the interstellar gas; evolution of planetary systems; magnetohydrodynamics; nuclear astrophysics; gravitational theory; X-ray sources; black holes; chemistry of interstellar medium; high energy astrophysics

Atmospheric and ionospheric radio investigations. Dynamics of the atmosphere and ionosphere; incoherent electron scattering; refraction, scattering, and attenuation due to the inhomogeneous nature of the troposphere and ionosphere; propagation of radio waves and ionized media

Infrared and optical astronomy. Spectroscopic studies of the interstellar medium, external galaxies, Galactic Center, star formation; development of novel instrumentation; observations from ground-based and airborne telescopes

Planetary studies. Observational, theoretical, and laboratory studies of planetary atmospheres, surfaces, and interiors; origins of planetary systems; exoplanets; spacecraft investigations such as Galileo, Mars Surveyor Magellan, Cassini and MER; investigations of asteroids, comets, and ring systems; solar-system dynamics; dynamics of planetary atmospheres; exobiology and prebiological organic chemistry

Radio astronomy. Distribution and properties of galaxies; radar investigations of the planets and asteroids; solar radio observations; studies of gaseous nebulae; interstellar radio lines; radio galaxies, quasars, and pulsars; interstellar molecular clouds and star-forming regions

Space vehicle instrumentation. Instrumentation relating to solar-system exploration, including cameras and spectral mappers; infrared observations from airplanes and satellites

Graduate students in this field may be connected with the Cornell University Center for Radiophysics and Space Research or the Cornell-operated National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, the site of the world's largest radar-radio telescope. Students often conduct thesis or dissertation research at Palomar or Arecibo, or at other major observatories. In addition, members of the department are PIs on the Mars Rover NASA mission and the Spitzer Infrared Telescope, which is the last of the four NASA great observatories (Hubble, Chandra and Crompton GRO were the first three). Additional details on these organizations and facilities are in brochures available from the respective organizations or the graduate field office.


Contact Information

Website: http://astro.cornell.edu
Email: mla20@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-3727

104 Space Sciences Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6801

 

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Astronomy

  • astronomy
  • astrophysics
  • cosmology
  • infrared astronomy
  • planetary studies
  • radio astronomy
  • radiophysics
  • space sciences [general]
  • theoretical astrophysics

Faculty

Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy Research Interests: astrophysics and cosmology
Rachel Bean - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Astronomy: theoretical astrophysics Research Interests: theoretical astrophysics; cosmology
James F Bell - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; space sciences [general] Research Interests: Mars exploration; asteroids; comets; surface mineralogy; data reduction and calibration
Joseph Arthur Burns - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Astronomy: planetary studies; space sciences [general] Research Interests: solar system physics; celestial mechanics; small solar system bodies
Donald Bruce Campbell - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Astronomy: planetary studies; radio astronomy Research Interests: radar astronomy; surfaces of planets and satellites; asteroids and comets
Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; astrophysics; theoretical astrophysics Research Interests: theoretical astrophysics; interstellar medium; stellar dynamics
Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; astrophysics; radiophysics Research Interests: observational astronomy; neutron stars; SETI; instrumentation and signal processing; pulsars; exoplanets
Eanna E Flanagan - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Astronomy: astrophysics Research Interests: general relativity; gravitational wave astronomy; theoretical astrophysics
Robin T. Garrod - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; astrophysics
Peter Jay Gierasch - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Astronomy: planetary studies Research Interests: atmospheric dynamics and planetary meteorology
Riccardo Giovanelli - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; radiophysics Research Interests: observational cosmology; galactic structure
Paul Felix Goldsmith - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy Research Interests: radio astronomy and instrumentation; interstellar clouds and star formation
Alexander Hayes - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; space sciences [general] Research Interests: planetary studies
Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; planetary studies; space sciences [general]
Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; astrophysics; cosmology; radiophysics Research Interests: internal kinematics of galaxies; star formation; thresholds; galaxy evolution
Terry Lee Herter - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; astrophysics; infrared astronomy Research Interests: infrared astronomy; interstellar gas and dust; galaxy evolution
James R Houck - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; astrophysics; infrared astronomy; space sciences [general] Research Interests: infrared astronomy; dust, brown dwarfs, and galaxies
David Lee Hysell - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Astronomy: planetary studies; radio astronomy; radiophysics; space sciences [general] Research Interests: geophysics; ionospheric physics; remote sensing
Lisa Kaltenegger - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; astrophysics; planetary studies Research Interests: Astronomy
Dong Lai - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Astronomy: theoretical astrophysics Research Interests: theoretical astrophysics
James Lloyd - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Astronomy: infrared astronomy Research Interests: adaptive optics, astronomical instrumentation, and extrasolar planets
Concentrations: Astronomy: astrophysics Research Interests: plasma astrophysics; galactic dynamics
Jonathan Lunine - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Astronomy: astrophysics; planetary studies; space sciences [general]; theoretical astrophysics Research Interests: evolution of giant planet and brown dwarf stars; the formation of planets; atmospheric and surface processes on planets (including exo-planets) and their moons; chemistry leading to the origin of life
Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; astrophysics; planetary studies; space sciences [general] Research Interests: planetary observational astronomy; planetary rings; celestial mechanics
Michael Niemack - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Astronomy: cosmology Research Interests: cosmology; astrophysics; fundamental physics
Concentrations: Astronomy: planetary studies Research Interests: planetary geophysics, geodesy, tectonics and volcanology; glaciology; optical and radar satellite remote sensing
Dominik A. Riechers - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; astrophysics; cosmology; radiophysics Research Interests: radiophysics; astrophysics; astronomy; cosmology
Dmitry Savransky - (Ithaca) - (Minor Member)
Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy
Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; planetary studies; space sciences [general] Research Interests: surfaces and interiors of planets, satellites, and comets
Concentrations: Astronomy: infrared astronomy Research Interests: infrared astronomy; galaxies; interstellar gas and dust
Yervant Terzian - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; astrophysics; radiophysics; space sciences [general] Research Interests: radio astronomy;interstellar matter;radio galaxies; SETI
Saul A Teukolsky - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Astronomy: theoretical astrophysics Research Interests: general relativity; relativistic astrophysics
Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; planetary studies Research Interests: planetary and satellite surfaces; asteroids and comets
Ira M Wasserman - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Astronomy: astrophysics; theoretical astrophysics Research Interests: theoretical astrophysics