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Emeriti (Professors) Ronald N. Bracewell, Robert Cannon, I-Dee Chang, Daniel B. DeBra, Von R. Eshleman, Robert A. Helliwell, Ronald J. P. Lyon, Laurence A. Manning, John R. Spreiter, Peter A. Sturrock, Alan T. Waterman


Robert V. Wagoner

Associate Directors

Umran S. Inan, Roger W. Romani, Philip H. Scherrer


Elliott Bloom, W. Gary Ernst, Lambertus Hesselink, Umran S. Inan, Bradford W. Parkinson, Vahe Petrosian, J. David Powell, Norman H. Sleep, Peter A. Sturrock, G. Leonard Tyler, Robert V. Wagoner

Associate Professors

Bruce B. Lusignan, Peter F. Michelson, Roger W. Romani

Assistant Professors

Sarah Church, Guenther Walther

Professors (Research)

C-W. Francis Everitt, Antony Fraser-Smith, Philip H. Scherrer

Consulting Professors

Alan M. Title, Martin Walt


Elliott Bloom
Group K — Particle Astrophysics located at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, a part of Stanford University. The major research interests of Group K are in particle astrophysics. This exciting new discipline merges the worlds of particle physics and astrophysics to try to address some of the most fundamental questions about our universe.

Sarah Church
Research interests: Observational Cosmology at Millimeter Wavelengths. The Cosmic Background Radiation (CMB), the relic radiation from the Big Bang, is a powerful tool with which to investigate the early universe. Residual anisotropies in the spatial distribution of the temperature of the CMB encode information about the formation of the structure we see today.

Vahé Petrosian
Research interests: Theoretical astrophysics with concentration on high energy astrophysical processes and cosmology; solar flares, neutron stars, gamma-ray bursts and the accretion disk of stellar and active galactic black holes; early phase of the universe, the evolution of galaxies and quasars, arcs in clusters of galaxies, and gravitational lensing.

Roger Romani
Research interests: Pulsar Magnetosphere: X- and Gamma- ray emission; Neutron star Thermal Emission; Magnetospheric Scattering and Gravitational Lensing; Pulsar Wind Nebulae; Black Hole Binaries: Origin and Population; TES Sensors: Fast spectrophotomtry in the IR/Opt/UV

Peter A. Sturrock
Sturrock Solar Theory Group pursues a vigorous program of research on outstanding solar physics problems involving data analysis, analytical theory, and numerical computation. Ongoing topics of research include the mechanism of the solar cycle, coronal heating, and the reconstruction of magnetic fields in the solar corona.

Robert V. Wagoner
Principal topics of research in this group center around gravitational astrophysics, including: Oscillations of accretion disks around black holes, and other signatures of very strong gravitational fields. Sources of gravitational radiation, and their detection by LIGO and other facilities. Scalar-tensor theories of gravitation; search for scalar gravitational waves. Physics of the early universe.



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