Professor Glenn's observational astrophysics research is focused on studying galaxy formation that occurred in the early universe, characterizing the molecular interstellar medium in nearby galaxies, and discerning the distribution of dense molecular gas in the Milky Way galaxy. Professor Glenn's group designs and builds instrumentation for novel mid-infrared through millimeter-wave observations, both from ground-based and orbital telescopes, and has a detector development program.
astrophysics, far-infrared and millimeter-wave astrophysical instrumentation, astronomical detectors
ASTR 3560 - Astronomical Instrumentation Laboratory
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Teaches students aspects of astronomical instrument design in a hands-on setting. Students will learn elementary principles of geometrical optics, diffraction, light detection, signal conditioning, data acquisition and motion control, and mechanical design. Students will apply these principles working in groups to design and build optical spectrometers.