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 14853-6801

 

Data and Statistics

Subject and Degrees

Astronomy

Concentrations by Subject

Astronomy

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

Faculty

Donald J. Banfield

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: planetary studies
  • Research Interests: planetary atmospheres, in situ instumentation

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

Shami Chatterjee

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Astronomy: astronomy; astrophysics
  • Research Interests: nanohertz gravitational waves and pulsar timing arrays, radio transients, first radio bursts, compact objects, neutron stars

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 exoplanets) 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