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Astrophysics and Plasma Physics

Cornell’s research programs in planetary astronomy, infrared astronomy, theoretical astrophysics, and radio astronomy are internationally recognized. Studies involving radar and radio astronomy are conducted at the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center at Arecibo, Puerto Rico, which is operated by Cornell for the National Science Foundation. Through a cooperative agreement with the California Institute of Technology, Cornell astronomers use the Palomar two hundred-inch telescope for optical and infrared studies on ninety nights each year. Plasma physics is the science of electrically conducting fluids and high-temperature ionized gases. While the best-known research impetus is controlled fusion as a potential source of electric power, plasma physics also underlies many solar, astrophysical, and ionospheric phenomena as well as industrial applications of plasmas.

Research Area Faculty

  Name Department Contact
dah5.jpg Hammer, David A.
J. Carlton Ward, Jr, Professor of Nuclear Energy Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering Room 327 Frank H T Rhodes Hall
607 255-3916
mck13.jpg Kelley, Michael Charles
James A. Friend Family Distinguished Professor of Engineering Emeritus
Electrical and Computer Engineering 320 Frank H T Rhodes Hall
607 255-7425
brk2.jpg Kusse, Bruce Raymond
Professor
Applied and Engineering Physics 206 Clark Hall
607 255-6252
rvl1.jpg Lovelace, Richard V E
Professor
Applied and Engineering Physics 227 Clark Hall
607 255-6915
mp336.jpg Peck, Mason Alan
Associate Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 455 Upson Hall
607 255-4023
ces7.jpg Seyler, Charles Eugene
Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering Room 322 Frank H T Rhodes Hall
607 255-4967

Research Area Field Faculty

  Name Department Contact
dah5.jpg Hammer, David A.
J. Carlton Ward, Jr, Professor of Nuclear Energy Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering Room 327 Frank H T Rhodes Hall
607 255-3916
mck13.jpg Kelley, Michael Charles
James A. Friend Family Distinguished Professor of Engineering Emeritus
Electrical and Computer Engineering 320 Frank H T Rhodes Hall
607 255-7425
brk2.jpg Kusse, Bruce Raymond
Professor
Applied and Engineering Physics 206 Clark Hall
607 255-6252
rvl1.jpg Lovelace, Richard V E
Professor
Applied and Engineering Physics 227 Clark Hall
607 255-6915
mp336.jpg Peck, Mason Alan
Associate Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 455 Upson Hall
607 255-4023
ces7.jpg Seyler, Charles Eugene
Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering Room 322 Frank H T Rhodes Hall
607 255-4967