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
October 23, 2023
An astrophysicist explains why even if you were right next to the Voyager probes 15 billion miles from the sun you could still see them
Business Insider talks to Michael Zemcov, associate professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy, about how bright light from the sun would be at 15 million miles away.
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.
December 13, 2023
Zemcov presents on far-IR astrophysics
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