Graduate Program in Physics with Specialization in Space Physics and Instrumentation


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Natalie Hinkel


Natalie Hinkel - photo credit: ScottBall-TheRivardReport-July2019 Education: B.A. in Physics, minor in Math, at Oberlin College (2005) Ph.D. in Astrophysics at Arizona State University (2012) Email: Research Interests: Stellar abundance analysis for nearby main-sequence stars, including investigation of measurement techniques and methodologies. Study of the chemical interplay between exoplanets and their host stars Investigation of M-dwarf abundances, below and above (via balloon and satellite missions) the atmosphere, in order to classify their rocky planets Architect and maintainer of the Hypatia Catalog Database: Computational astrophysics and machine learning algorithms, specifically using Python Transit ephemeris refinement of [...]

Natalie Hinkel2021-04-06T21:43:22+00:00

Todd Veach


Todd Veach Dr Veach has a PhD in Physics from Arizona State University. Dr. Veach is an astrophysicist specializing in the design, fabrication, and operation of laboratory, ground-based, balloon-borne, and spaceflight astronomical instruments. His research interests include UV/VIS/IR imaging and spectroscopy, FIR interferometry, cryogenics, astronomical detector development, star formation, supernovae, extra-solar planet formation and evolution, and cosmological structure formation. Dr. Veach has over 15 years’ experience with UV/VIS/IR imaging and spectroscopy, FIR interferometry, cryogenics, astronomical detector development, calibration, and cryogenic system design. Dr. Veach’s work has focused on the design of novel readout technology and characterization of [...]

Todd Veach2021-04-06T21:36:20+00:00

The Interior of Enceladus Looks Really Great for Supporting Life


When NASA’s Voyager spacecraft visited Saturn’s moon Enceladus, they found a body with young, reflective, icy surface features. Some parts of the surface were older and marked with craters, but the rest had clearly been resurfaced. It was clear evidence that Enceladus was geologically active. The moon is also close to Saturn’s E-ring, and scientists think Enceladus might be the source of the material in that ring, further indicating geological activity. Read more at UNIVERSE TODAY

The Interior of Enceladus Looks Really Great for Supporting Life2021-02-12T21:15:58+00:00

Tracy Becker


Tracy Becker Education: B.S. Astrophysics, Lehigh University 2010 Ph.D. Physics – Planetary Science Track, University of Central Florida, 2016 Research Areas: Co-Investigator and Composition Working Group lead for the Europa Clipper mission Composition of planetary surfaces including asteroids and icy moons Ultraviolet observations using the Hubble Space Telescope Studies of Saturn’s rings using data from the Cassini mission Computational modeling of asteroids using Arecibo planetary radar data Website:

Tracy Becker2020-11-10T17:34:04+00:00
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