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
January 6, 2021
RIT’s Michael Zemcov helping to push new NASA space telescope toward launch
Michael Zemcov, assistant professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy, is part of the Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) mission, which will let scientists learn about the formation of galaxies and search for life-sustaining molecules in the clouds of material where stars and planets form.
December 8, 2020
Outer Space Just Got a Little Brighter
The New York Times talks to Michael Zemcov, assistant professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy, about a new study on light outside of known galaxies.
November 21, 2020
Scientists Just Discovered Outer Space Isn’t Pitch Black
Travel and Leisure mentions Michael Zemcov, assistant professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy, regarding a new study on light outside of known galaxies.