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Kowalski, Adam F Assistant Professor


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  • Dr. Adam F. Kowalski joined the National Solar Observatory and the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences as Assistant Professor. His research interests are solar and stellar astrophysics with a specialization in spectroscopy of optical and ultraviolet emission in stellar flares. Adam uses state-of-the-art modeling codes and techniques combined with analysis of data from ground and space-based observatories to understand how the lower, dense stellar atmosphere is heated in response to the sudden release of magnetic energy during flares. Recently, he has been working on connecting the physical processes in solar flares to much (up to 1000 times!) more energetic flares on red dwarf stars using data from NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph and the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph on the Hubble Space Telescope. He will be actively participating in the science plan for studying flares with future data from the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope.


  • stellar astrophysics, solar physics, flares, radiative processes in stellar atmospheres, radiative hydrodynamic modeling, optical and ultraviolet spectroscopy, interpretation of spectral phenomena, observing


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courses taught

  • ASTR 3520 - Observations and Instrumentation 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Lab course in observation and instrumentation. Hands-on exercises include obtaining and analyzing multi-wavelength data, optical design and instrumentation, and statistical analysis, with emphasis on spectroscopy. A significant number of night time observation sessions are required. Elective for APS majors. Elective for APS minors on space available basis.
  • ASTR 6000 - Seminar in Astrophysics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Studies current research and research literature on an astrophysical topic. Students and faculty give presentations. Subjects vary each semester. May be repeated for a total of 4 credit hours to meet candidacy requirements.


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