There has never been a more exciting time to study the universe beyond the confines of the Earth. A new generation of advanced ground-based and space-borne telescopes and enormous increases in computing power are enabling a golden age of astrophysics. RIT's PhD and Masters program in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology focuses on the underlying physics of phenomena beyond the Earth, and on the development of the technologies, instruments, data analysis, and modeling techniques that will enable the next major strides in the field. The multidisciplinary emphasis of this program, which is administered by the School of Physics and Astronomy, but offered in collaboration with the School of Mathematical Sciences, and the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, sets it apart from conventional astrophysics graduate programs at traditional research universities.
The program offers tracks in Astrophysics (including Observational and Theoretical Astrophysics), Computational and Gravitational Astrophysics (including Numerical Relativity, Gravitational Wave Astronomy), and Astronomical Technology (including detector and instrumentation research and development). Students can pursue research interests in a wide range of topics, including design and development of novel detectors, multiwavelength studies of proto-stars, active galactic nuclei and galaxy clusters, gravitational wave data analysis, and theoretical and computational modelling of astrophysical systems including galaxies and compact objects such as binary black holes. Depending on research interests, students may participate in one of three research centers: the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, the Center for Detectors or the Laboratory for Multi-wavelength Astrophysics.
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This image of the full Moon was taken with the new Half-Degree Imaging (HDI) camera on the WIYN 0.9-m Telescope. RIT Faculty member Michael Richmond is currently testing this new instrument, which will soon be used by faculty and graduate students at RIT and other institutions.