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    CASS Faculty Research Interests

CASS Faculty

Faculty Members in CASS/UCSD have appointments in the Departments of Physics, Chemistry and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

Faculty Member Research Interests Department
Arnold, Jim Cosmochemistry Chemistry
Burbidge, Geoffrey Theoretical Astrophysics: Physics of active galaxies & quasi-stellar objects, nonthermal radiation processes, cosmology.
Senior Editor, Annual Reviews of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Scientific Editor, Astrophysical Journal
With my collaborators, Fred Hoyle and Jayant Narlikar, I am working on an alternative to Big Bang Cosmology - the Quasi-Steady State Cosmology (see Physics Today, 1999 April, pp 39-44, for a review).
Burbidge, Margaret Observational Astronomy: Active galaxies & QSOs, galaxies & galaxy evolution, the formation of the elements.
PI, HST Faint Object Spectrograph GTO Analysis
Alison, Coil Observational Astronomy: Galaxy Evolution, Large Scale Structure, & Observational Cosmology
Coles, William Solar Space Physics: Structure & turbulence in the solar wind; interstellar & interplanetary scintillation, theory of wave propagation.
See personal home page for list of recent papers.
Diamond, Pat Plasma Theory Group
Meetings and Workshops
TTF2009 U.S.-EU Transport Task force Meeting
Fuller, George Theoretical Astrophysics/Cosmology Physics
Gould, Robert Theoretical Astrophysics: Electromagnetic processes, high-energy astrophysics, relativistic astrophysics. Physics
Gibson, Carl Theoretical and experimental studies of turbulence and turbulent mixing; laboratory and field experiments; measurements of oceanic microstructure; applications in laboratory, combustion, compressible flows, atmosphere, ocean, astrophysics and cosmology. AMES/SIO
Griest, Kim Particle Astrophysics/MACHO Project Physics
Jones, Barbara Infrared Astronomy: Instrumentation development, Active galaxies and infrared galaxies, star formation, dusty plasmas.
I have recently completed construction of a mid-infrared (5-25µm) imaging spectrometer for the Keck I Telescope - the UCSD/Keck Long Wavelength Spectrometer (LWS). I am looking forward to using the LWS for imaging & spectroscopy of active galaxies and infrared galaxies and other problems in mid-infrared astronomy.
Keating,Brian Observational and experimental cosmology, polarization and temperature measurements of the Cosmic Microwave Backround (CMB), near-infrared background measurements & cosmological reionization. Low noise detector and modulation mechanisms, microwave and infrared optics.
UCSD Cosmology Website
Marti, Kurt Cosmochemistry Chemistry
McIlwain, Carl Magnetospheric Physics Physics
Mendis, Asoka Space Plasma Physics ECE
Murphy,Thomas Astrophysical tests of general relativity Physics
Norman, Michael Computational Astrophysics: Cosmology, galaxy formation, star formation, high-energy astrophysics. Physics
Paar, Hans Experimental cosmology, in particular the experimental study of the properties of the Cosmic Microwave Background with emphasis on its polarization. Member of the PolarBear Collaboration.
UCSD Cosmology Website
Padoan, Paolo
Turbulence in astrophysical systems; interstellar medium; star formation
Peterson, Laurence High Energy Astronomy Physics
Quest, Kevin Space Plasma Physics ECE
Rebeiz, Gabriel Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) for microwave applications, design of radio frequency/microwave/millimeter-wave systems with radio-astronomical applications. ECE
Rickett, Barnaby Radio Astronomy ECE
Ride, Sally Space Plasma Physics, KidSat Program Physics
Smith, Harding (Gene) Observational Extragalactic Astrophysics: galaxy evolution, active galaxies & quasi-stellar objects, infrared galaxies, observational cosmology.
My recent research centers on VLBI radio observations, infrared imaging, & spectroscopy of luminous infrared galaxies examining a possible evolutionary relationship between AGN and luminous IR Galaxies.
Deputy PI SIRTF Wide-area Infrared Extragalactic Survey
Thiemens, Mark Cosmochemistry Chemistry
Tytler, David Optical/UV Astronomy Physics
Wolfe, Arthur Galaxy Formation - Observation & Theory
(Director of CASS)


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