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Michael Richmond

Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science

585-475-2538
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Michael Richmond

Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science

Education

BA, Princeton University; MA, Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

Bio

<p>Dr. Richmond teaches both physics and astronomy courses and runs the RIT Observatory. He acts as liason between RIT and the WIYN 0.9m telescope at Kitt Peak.</p>

Currently Teaching

ASTP-790
1 - 3 Credits
Masters-level research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
ASTP-890
1 - 6 Credits
Dissertation research by the candidate for an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
PHYS-283
3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the physics of vibrations and waves, beginning with the simple harmonic oscillator, the foundation to understanding oscillatory and vibratory systems. The course will include driven and damped single oscillators, coupled discrete oscillators, and continuous vibrating systems. Connections will be made with many areas of physics that involve oscillation, including mechanics, electromagnetism, and quantum mechanics.
PHYS-106
2 Credits
This course provides an introduction to basic concepts of solar system astronomy including celestial sphere, zodiac, astronomical telescopes, sun, moon, eclipses, earth as planet, planets and their satellites, comets, meteors, and theories of the origin of the solar system.
ASTP-613
3 Credits
This course will survey multi-wavelength astronomical observing techniques and instrumentation. The design characteristics and function of telescopes, detectors, and instrumentation in use at the major ground based and space based observatories will be discussed as will common observing techniques such as imaging, photometry and spectroscopy. The principles of cosmic ray, neutrino, and gravitational wave astronomy will also be briefly reviewed.
PHYS-493
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research involving observational or theoretical work in astrophysics that could be considered of an original nature.

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Journal Paper
Sako, Masao and et al. "The Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-II Supernova Survey." Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 130. (2018): 1-27. Print.
Kimura, Mariko and et al. "On the Nature of Long-period Dwarf Novae with Rare And low-amplitude Outbursts." Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan 70. (2018): 78-103. Print.
Richmond, Michael W and Brad Vietje. "BVRI Photometry of SN 2016coj in NGC 4125." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 45. (2017): 65-74. Print.
Almeyda, Triana, et al. "Modeling the Infrared Reverberation Response of the Circumnuclear Dusty Torus in AGNs: The Effects of Cloud Orientation and Anisotropic Illumination." Astrophysical Journal 843. (2017): 3-19. Print.
Kato, Taichi and et al. "Survey of period variations of superhumps in SU UMa-type dwarf novae. IX. The ninth year (2016-2017)." Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan 69. (2017): 1-126. Print.
Wakamatsu, Yasuyuki and et al. "ASASSN-16eg: New candidate for a long-period WZ Sge-type dwarf nova." Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan 69. (2017): 89-98. Print.
Richmond, Michael W., et al. "Survey of Period Variations of Superhumps in SU?UMa-Type Dwarf Novae. VIII. The eighth year (2015-2016)." Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan 68. 4 (2016): 65--128. Print.
Richmond, Michael W., et al. "Accretion-Disc Precession in UX Ursae Majoris." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 457. 2 (2016): 1447--1455. Print.
Richmond, Michael W., et al. "SDSS-II Supernova Survey: An Analysis of the Largest Sample of Type Ia Supernovae and Correlations with Host-galaxy Spectral Properties." Astrophysical Journal 821. 2 (2016): 115--142. Print.
Richmond, Michael W., et al. "Repetitive Patterns in Rapid Optical Variations in the nearby Black-Hole Binary V404 Cygni." Nature 529. 7584 (2016): 54--58. Print.
Scott, Jennifer E. and et al. "Wide Field Multiband Imaging of Low Redshift Quasar Environments." Astrophysical Journal 800. (2015): 93-112. Print.
Vazquez, Billy and et al. "Spitzer Space Telescope Measurements of Dust Reverberation Lags in the Seyfert 1 Galaxy NGC 6418." Astrophysical Journal 801. (2015): 127-137. Print.
Kato, Taichi and et al. "Survey of period variations of superhumps in SU UMa-type dwarf novae. VII. The seventh year (2014-2015)." Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan 67. (2016): 105-221. Print.
Richmond, Michael W., et al. "Accretion-disc precession in UX Ursae Majoris." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. (2015): --. Print.
Richmond, Michael W., et al. "Repetitive patterns in rapid optical variations in thenearby black-hole binary V404 Cygni." Nature. (2015): --. Print.
Richmond, Michael W., et al. "Accretion-disc precession in UX Ursae Majoris." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. (2015): --. Print.
Richmond, Michael W., et al. "Repetitive patterns in rapid optical variations in thenearby black-hole binary V404 Cygni." Nature. (2015): --. Print.
Taichi, Kato,. "Survey of Period Variations of Superhumps in SU UMa-Type Dwarf Novae. V: The Fifth Year (2012-2013)." Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan 66. (2014): 30-113. Print.
Kato, Taichi. "Survey of Period Variations of Superhumps in SU UMa-type Dwarf Novae. VI. The Sixth Year (2013–2014)." Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan 66. (2014): 90-153. Print.
Principe, David A. "Star Formation in Orion's L1630 Cloud: An Infrared and Multi-epoch X-Ray Study." Astrophysical Journal Supplement 213. (2014): 4-35. Print.
Betoule, M. "Improved Cosmological Constraints from a Joint Analysis of the SDSS-II and SNLS Supernova Samples." Astronomy and Astrophysics 568. (2014): 22-54. Print.
M., Taylor,. "The Core Collapse Supernova Rate from the SDSS-II Supernova Survey." Astrophysical Journal 792. (2014): 135-147. Print.
Tanaka, M. "Discovery of Dramatic Optical Variability in SDSS J1100+4421: A Peculiar Radio-loud Narrow-line Seyfert 1 Galaxy?" Astrophysical Journal 793. (2014): 26-32. Print.
Richmond, M. "BVRI Photometry of SN 2013ej in M74." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 42. (2014): 333-343. Print.
Campbell, Heather, et al. "Cosmology with Photometrically Classified Type Ia Supernovae from the SDSS-II Supernova Survey." Astrophysical Journal 763. (2013): 88-116. Print.
Tanaka, Masaomi, et al. "Supernova 2013al." Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams 3438. (2013): 1. Web.
Richmond, Michael. "SUPERNOVA 2013ej IN M74 = PSN J01364816+1545310." Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams 3606. (2013): 1. Web.
Richmond, Michael W and Horace A Smith. "BVRI Photometry of SN 2011fe in M101." The Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 40. (2012): 100-115. Print.
Hamaguchi, Kenji, et al. "X-Raying the Beating Heart of a Newborn Star: Rotational Modulation of High-energy Radiation from V1647 Ori." Astrophysical Journal 754. (2012): 32-40. Print.
Teets, William K, et al. "Detection of a Cool, Accretion-shock-generated X-Ray Plasma in EX Lupi during the 2008 Optical Eruption." Astrophysical Journal 760. (2012): 89-99. Print.
Teets, William K., et al. "Detection of a Cool, Accretion-Shock-Generated X-Ray Plasma in EX Lupi During the 2008 Optical Eruption." The Astrophysical Journal 760. (2012) Print.
Teets, William K, et al. "X-Ray Production by V1647 Ori During Optical Outbursts." Astrophysical Journal 741. (2011): 83-96. Print.
Davis, Tamara M., et al. "The Effect of Peculiar Velocities on Supernova Cosmology." The Astrophysical Journal 741. (2011): 67-81. Print.
Richmond, M. W. "A Search for Eclipsing Binary Light Curve Variations Among MACHO Project Light Curves of 3,256 Fundamental-Mode RR Lyrae Variables in the Galactic Bulge." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 39. (2011): 201-218. Print.
Olech, A., et al. "SDSS J162520.29+120308.7 - A New SU Ursae Majoris Star in the Period Gap." Astronomy & Astrophysics 532. (2011): 64-73. Print.
Teets, William K., et al. "X-Ray Production by V1647 Ori during Optical Outbursts." Astrophysical Journal 741. 2 (2011): 83-. Print.
Published Conference Proceedings
Warner, Brian D, et al. "Lightcurve Analysis of NEA 2005 YU55." Proceedings of the Asteroid, Comets, Meteors 2012 meeting in Niigata, Japan. Ed. TBA. Nigata, Japan: n.p., Print.
Sako, Shigeyuki, et al. "KWFC: Four Square Degrees Camera for the Kiso Schmidt Telescope." Proceedings of the Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV. Ed. Larry M. Stepp. Amsterdam, Netherlands: SPIE, 2012. Print.
Teets, William K., et al. "Are X-Rays Produced by V1647 Ori During Optical Outbursts Generated by Accretion?" Proceedings of the 217th AAS Meeting. Seattle, WA: n.p., 2011. Print.
External Scholarly Fellowships/National Review Committee
6/10/2011 - 8/9/2011
     Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science
     Amount: $15,000
Published Article
Grosso, Nicholas, et al. “A few days before the end of the 2008 extreme outburst of EX Lupi: accretion shocks and a smothered stellarcorona unveiled by XMM-Newton.”Astronomy and Astrophysics, 522 (2010): 56-65. Print. ≠ Ëœ
Richmond, Michael, et al. “Proper Motions with Subaru II. A Sample in the Subaru/XMM-Newton Deep Survey Field.” Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Japan, 62.1 (2010): 91-99. Print. Ëœ
Bhatti, Waqas, et al. “Variable Point Sources in Sloan Digital Sky Survey Stripe 82. I. Project Descriptionand Initial Catalog.” Astrophysical Journal Supplement, 186.2 (2010): 233-258. Print. ≠ Ëœ