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Molecular Astrophysics with the Spitzer Space Telescope

Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 4:00pm

National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Charlottesville

 

David Neufeld

Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218-2686

Tel: (410) 516-8582; Fax: (410) 516-5096

E-mail: neufeld@pha.jhu.edu

Research Page: http://www.pha.jhu.edu/~neufeld/

 

Abstract

 

The Infrared Spectrograph onboard the Spitzer Space Telescope has proven to be a powerful tool for the study of astrophysical molecules, particularly in interstellar regions where the gas has been heated by shock waves. Recent observations - which have provided valuable information about the simple hydrides H2, HD, H2O and OH - will be discussed.

 

Biography

 

David Neufeld is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University. He received his B.A. in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1981, his M.S. in Astronomy from the University of Sussex in 1983, and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Harvard University in 1987. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of California, Berkeley from 1987-1990. His primary research interests are molecular astrophysics, interstellar medium, and infrared and submillimeter astronomy. He has published over 160 papers in the most prestigious and widely read journals of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Dr. Neufeld received the Harkness Fellowship of the Commonwealth Fund of NY in 1981, the NSF National Young Investigator Award in 1993, and the Bok Prize of Harvard University in 1996.