BSc, University of British Columbia (Canada); Ph.D., Cardiff University (United Kingdom)
I am a research professor at the Center for Detectors and the School of Physics and Astronomy whose primary focus is experimental astrophysics. My research centers on instrumentation for cosmological observations, including the cosmic microwave and infra-red backgrounds. I develop instruments and data analysis methods for a variety of platforms, including ground-based, sub-orbital rockets, and orbital observatories. Currently, my scientific focus is on the epoch of reionization, secondary anisotropies in the cosmic microwave background, and studies of the history of star formation in the Universe using novel techniques and experiments. I have extensive experience with instrumentation, observation and data analysis for astrophysics throughout the electromagnetic spectrum from the optical to the radio, with particular emphasis on the infra-red and sub-mm/mm regimes. My group is currently involved in several projects in a variety of roles, ranging from technology development to the scientific interpretation of data from mature instruments.
For more information please visit the Zemcov Research Group website.
In the News
August 23, 2023
Seeing the full picture with line-intensity mapping
Symmetry magazine talks to Michael Zemcov, associate professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy, about line-intensity mapping and issues with interloper lines.
April 16, 2023
Could a Rogue Planet Destroy the Earth?
Newsweek talks to Michael Zemcov, associate professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy, about how planetary systems are formed.
April 14, 2023
RIT scientists aim to understand the history of light production in the universe through the CIBER-2 experiment
Scientists from RIT, Caltech, Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan, and the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute will launch a rocket on Sunday for a short flight into space with the goal of resolving discrepancies about the sources of near-infrared light in the universe.
August 17, 2022
Faculty, students represent RIT at SPIE conference
May 19, 2020
Zemcov joins NASA mission
January 7, 2020
Zemcov appointed co-chair of council
July 21, 2019
What Happens in Intergalactic Space?