Astronomy Research at UW-Eau Claire
Faculty in the department are active in many areas of astronomical and astrophysical
- Dr. Lyle Ford studies the rotation properties
of asteroids using observations from Hobbs Observatory. He has also investigated
the spectra of gamma-ray bursts.
- Dr. Lauren Likkel is involved with near-infrared
spectroscopy of planetary nebulae and studies of millimeter emission
from molecules in circumstellar envelopes.
- Dr. Nathan Miller uses data
from the NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the ESA's XMM-Newton satellite
to understand the powerful winds of hot stars. He is developing spectroscopic
monitoring program for emission-line B stars using Hobbs observatory.
- Dr. George Stecher makes photometric
observations of asteroids and eclipsing binary stars using Hobbs Observatory's
- Dr. Paul Thomas creates computer models
of solar system phenomena. His research and some of his students projects
can be seen on the UWEC Planetary Science page.
Current and recently completed projects involving UWEC students include:
- Gravitational lens computer models
- Measuring the rotation period and orbit of the asteriod Aten
- Photometric measurements of the stars AP Aurigae and XY Leonis at Hobbs
Projects that may be available for students to participate in
- Image processing of near-infrared images (see Dr. Likkel)
- X-ray and optical spectroscopy of hot stars (see Dr. Miller)
- Determination of the rotation axis orientations of asteroids (see
Dr. Ford or Dr. Stecher)
- Computational modeling of comet and asteroid impacts on planets (see Dr.
Faculty at UWEC use the following ground-based and space-based facilities:
- The 3.5-meter ARC telescope at Apache
Point Observatory near Cloudcroft, New Mexico
- BATSE (Burst
And Transient Source Experiment) aboard the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory satellite
- BIMA (Berkeley-Illinois-Maryland
Association) millimeter array near Hat Creek, California
- UWEC's 24" Newtonian/Nasmyth and C-14 telescopes at Hobbs
Observatory near Fall Creek, Wisconsin
- UWEC's comprehensive library of planetary images from spacecraft on CD-ROM
- The High-Energy Transmission Grating of NASA's orbiting Chandra X-ray
- The Reflection Grating Spectrometer of the European Space Agency's X-ray
Thomas E. Lockhart
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