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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

 

Contact Information

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

104 Space Sciences Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Astronomy

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

Faculty

Nicholas Battaglia

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy
  • Research Interests: astrophysics and cosmology

Rachel Bean

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: theoretical astrophysics
  • Research Interests: theoretical astrophysics; cosmology

James F Bell

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; space sciences [general]
  • Research Interests: Mars exploration; asteroids; comets; surface mineralogy; data reduction and calibration

Donald Bruce Campbell

  • Campus: Ithaca - (Graduate School Professor)
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: planetary studies; radio astronomy
  • Research Interests: radar astronomy; surfaces of planets and satellites; asteroids and comets

David Fisher Chernoff

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; astrophysics; theoretical astrophysics
  • Research Interests: theoretical astrophysics; interstellar medium; stellar dynamics

James Martin Cordes

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; astrophysics; radiophysics
  • Research Interests: observational astronomy; neutron stars; SETI; instrumentation and signal processing; pulsars; exoplanets

Eanna E Flanagan

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: astrophysics
  • Research Interests: general relativity; gravitational wave astronomy; theoretical astrophysics

Peter Jay Gierasch

  • Campus: Ithaca - (Graduate School Professor)
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: planetary studies
  • Research Interests: atmospheric dynamics and planetary meteorology

Riccardo Giovanelli

  • Campus: Ithaca - (Graduate School Professor)
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; radiophysics
  • Research Interests: observational cosmology; galactic structure

Paul Felix Goldsmith

  • Campus: Ithaca - (Graduate School Professor)
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy
  • Research Interests: radio astronomy and instrumentation; interstellar clouds and star formation

Alexander Hayes

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; space sciences [general]
  • Research Interests: planetary studies

Alexander Gerad Hayes

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; planetary studies; space sciences [general]

Martha Patricia Haynes

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; astrophysics; cosmology; radiophysics
  • Research Interests: internal kinematics of galaxies; star formation; thresholds; galaxy evolution

Terry Lee Herter

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; astrophysics; infrared astronomy
  • Research Interests: infrared astronomy; interstellar gas and dust; galaxy evolution

David Lee Hysell

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: planetary studies; radio astronomy; radiophysics; space sciences [general]
  • Research Interests: geophysics; ionospheric physics; remote sensing

Lisa Kaltenegger

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; astrophysics; planetary studies
  • Research Interests: Astronomy

Dong Lai

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: theoretical astrophysics
  • Research Interests: theoretical astrophysics

Nikole K. Lewis

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy
  • Research Interests: exoplanets atmospheres - observations

James Lloyd

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: infrared astronomy
  • Research Interests: adaptive optics, astronomical instrumentation, and extrasolar planets

Richard V Lovelace

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: astrophysics
  • Research Interests: plasma astrophysics; galactic dynamics

Jonathan Lunine

  • Campus: 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

Philip David Nicholson

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; astrophysics; planetary studies; space sciences [general]
  • Research Interests: planetary observational astronomy; planetary rings; celestial mechanics

Michael Niemack

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: cosmology
  • Research Interests: cosmology; astrophysics; fundamental physics

Matthew E. Pritchard

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: planetary studies
  • Research Interests: planetary geophysics, geodesy, tectonics and volcanology; glaciology; optical and radar satellite remote sensing

Dominik A. Riechers

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; astrophysics; cosmology; radiophysics
  • Research Interests: radiophysics; astrophysics; astronomy; cosmology

Dmitry Savransky

  • Campus: Ithaca - (Minor Member)
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy

Steven Weldon Squyres

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; planetary studies; space sciences [general]
  • Research Interests: surfaces and interiors of planets, satellites, and comets

Gordon John Stacey

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: infrared astronomy
  • Research Interests: infrared astronomy; galaxies; interstellar gas and dust

Saul A Teukolsky

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: theoretical astrophysics
  • Research Interests: general relativity; relativistic astrophysics

Ira M Wasserman

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: astrophysics; theoretical astrophysics
  • Research Interests: theoretical astrophysics