Graduate Studies in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology

The Astrophysical Sciences and Technology (AST) MS/PhD



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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, jointly offered by the School of Physics and Astronomy, 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.

With 14 research active faculty, the program provides students a comprehensive curriculum and a broad range of research opportunities that span forefront topics, e.g. supermassive black holes, dark energy, gravitational waves, supernovae, massive stars, the Galactic center, star formation, clusters of galaxies, active galactic nuclei, astro-informatics, computational astrophysics, and instrument and detector development. Program faculty frequently obtain data from the most advanced facilities in the world, through observations with HST, Gemini, VLT, VLA, Keck, XMM, Chandra and LIGO. Students in the program also have the opportunity to help develop the next generation of exciting astrophysics facilities such as JWST, LSST, JDEM, TMT and SOFIA, or participate in theoretical research using powerful computing facilities. The program offers tracks in Astrophysics (including Observational and Theoretical Astrophysics), Computational and Gravitational Astrophysics (including Numerical Relativity, Gravitational Wave Astronomy and Astro-informatics), and Astronomical Technology (including detector and instrumentation research and development). Research opportunities are available in the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (ccrg.rit.edu), the Center for Detectors (ridl.cfd.rit.edu) and the Laboratory for Multi-wavelength Astrophysics (lama.cis.rit.edu).

Contact: Dr. Andrew Robinson; AST Program Director; axrsps@rit.edu (585) 475-2726

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