Astrophysical Sciences and Technology Ph.D.
November 16, 2021
RIT astrophysics graduate students conduct experiment at White Sands Missile Range
Serena Tramm and Mike Ortiz are pursuing their studies in astrophysics and have been working alongside Michael Zemcov, assistant professor in RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy. Together, the team conducted an experiment that resulted in traveling to New Mexico’s White Sands Missile Range for the first CIBER-2 launch earlier this year.
November 8, 2021
LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA Collaboration announces 90 gravitational wave discoveries to date
The LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA Collaboration unveiled several studies that shed important new light on the nature of gravitational waves. They include a “census” of gravitational wave events to date and a new catalog of results from the second half of its third observing run.
October 4, 2021
Astrophysical sciences and technology Ph.D. student receives DOE award to study dark matter
RIT’s Peter Craig is one of 65 graduate students from 29 states to receive an award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program. He will conduct research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
June 29, 2021
Scientists detect gravitational waves for the first time from black holes swallowing neutron stars
For the first time, scientists detected gravitational waves caused by mergers between black holes and neutron stars. Researchers from RIT’s Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG) helped identify key characteristics about the merger events.
June 17, 2021
CIBER-2 experiment successfully completes first flight
Led by principal investigator Michael Zemcov, an assistant professor in RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy and Center for Detectors, the experiment aims to better understand extragalactic background light, which traces the history of galaxies back to the formation of the first stars in the universe.
May 12, 2021
RIT Outstanding Graduate Woman Achievement Award highlights Graduate Student Advisory Council leaders
RIT students Emily Wilson and Teresa Symons are co-recipients of the Outstanding Graduate Woman Achievement Award for their dedication and leadership on RIT’s Graduate Student Advisory Council. Wilson and Symons are Ph.D. students in the astrophysical sciences and technology program in the School of Physics and Astronomy and co-chairs of the Graduate Student Advisory Council.
April 28, 2021
Ph.D. students complement academic research with internships and co-ops
Undergraduates aren’t the only students taking advantage of RIT’s co-op and internship program. Across the university, Ph.D. students are securing prestigious work experiences to provide important gateways to careers in industry, foundations, and government.
February 19, 2021
Rochester optics on landed Mars rover Perseverance
WROC-TV interviews Michael Richmond, professor of physics and astronomy, about NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.
January 27, 2021
Say Goodbye To 2020 With The Year’s Top 10 Hubble Photos
Forbes features work by Joel Kastner, professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science and program faculty in the astrophysical sciences and technology graduate program, in its 10 most important Hubble photos from 2020.
January 15, 2021
Astronomers dissect the anatomy of planetary nebulae using Hubble Space Telescope images
Images of two iconic planetary nebulae taken by the Hubble Space Telescope are revealing new information about how they develop their dramatic features. Researchers from RIT and Green Bank Observatory presented new findings about the Butterfly Nebula and the Jewel Bug Nebula at the 237th meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Friday, Jan. 15.
January 15, 2021
College of Science experiences boom in sponsored research
Several School of Physics and Astronomy faculty secured large grants as principal investigators during a banner summer.
December 16, 2020
Scientists complete yearlong pulsar timing study after reviving long-dormant radio telescopes
While the scientific community grapples with the loss of the Arecibo radio telescope, astronomers who recently revived a long-dormant radio telescope array in Argentina hope it can help modestly compensate for the work Arecibo did in pulsar timing.