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Physics & Astronomy


Mark Siemens and students in the lab

Research in physics and astronomy at DU is rapidly growing, with eight new research-active faculty hired in the past four years. Browse through these pages for more information on our research areas, facilities, and partners.

Faculty Research Highlights

Emeritus Professor Dr. Aharon Goldman was recently recognized by Thomson Reuters as a highly cited researcher in the engineering discipline and one of the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds.

Associate professor Dinah Loerke recently received the prestigious 2014 Cottrell Scholar Award. This award is presented to early career faculty who are committed to excel at both research and teaching. Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Interim President Jack Pladziewicz, notes, "It may well be that not all research faculty can do this simultaneously and early in their careers, but the very best can." 

Associate professor Dr. Toshiya Ueta is co-organizer of an upcoming international workshop on X-ray and far-infrared observations of planetary nebulae, the end stages of life for low-mass stars like the Sun. The workshop will take place February 18-20, 2013 in a suburb of Madrid, Spain.

Associate professor Dr. Mark Siemens was awarded a "Doctoral New Investigator" research grant from the Petroleum Research Fund (American Chemical Society) for his proposed research on "Quantized phonon dynamics for thermoelectrics". This funding supports measurements of the cooling of semiconductor nanostructures such as quantum wells and quantum dots using multidimensional spectroscopy.

Associate professor Dr. Jennifer Hoffman is a Co-PI on recently awarded NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Grant for a collaborative research project entitled "The Aspherical Nature and Evolution of Supernovae," which she will undertake with colleagues at the University of Arizona, San Diego State University, and L'Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille-Provence. The funding will support long-term monitoring of supernova explosions in polarized light, a technique that can reveal details of their hidden geometrical structures.