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
February 1, 2023
Expanding RIT’s research footprint
RIT has been expanding its research footprint to accommodate the university’s growing research portfolio. The Student Hall for Exploration and Development (SHED), which opens this fall, is enabling the university to convert 10 existing classrooms, totaling more than 23,000 square feet, into new research space. Another 14,700 square feet of research space opened in January in Brown Hall.
December 17, 2022
Light from outside our galaxy brighter than expected
Tech Explorist features research led by Teresa Symons ’22 Ph.D. (astrophysical sciences and technology) and Associate Professor Michael Zemcov.
December 16, 2022
New study confirms the light from outside our galaxy brighter than expected
In a study led by RIT researchers, scientists analyzed new measurements showing that the light emitted by stars outside our galaxy is two to three times brighter than the light from known populations of galaxies, challenging assumptions about the number and environment of stars are 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?