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Burns, Jack O Professor


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research overview

  • My primary research involves Astrophysics from the Moon, consisting of the design of low frequency radio telescopes in lunar orbit and on the farside surface. I am leading NASA-funded mission concept studies for a lunar SmallSat and a farside radio array for Hydrogen Cosmology. This work is funded by a NASA ATP grant, and two NASA mission concept study grants. I also lead a multi-institution team called the Network for Exploration & Space Science with a $3.75 million NASA SSERVI grant. My other research involves observations and numerical simulations of galaxy clusters. The numerical simulations model observations with the NASA Chandra X-ray observatory, and the JLVA and GMRT radio telescopes. Along with graduate students & postdocs, I study the role of shocks and cosmic rays created as clusters merge. This work is currently funded by a NASA ADAP grant.


  • Observations and Cosmological Numerical Simulations of galaxy clusters and large scale structures, astrophysics from the Moon, modeling and space-based mission design for 21-cm observations of the first stars and black holes during the Dark Ages and Cosmic Dawn.


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courses taught

  • ASTR 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • ASTR 4800 Space Science: Practice and Policy (Fall 2018)
  • ASTR 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Fall 2018)
  • ASTR 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Summer 2018)
  • ASTR 2020 Space Astronomy and Exploration (Spring 2018)
  • ASTR 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)


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