A subset of the faculty, staff and students from the School of Physics & Astronomy and the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science within the College of Science at Rochester Institute of Technology participate in the Laboratory for Multiwavelength Astrophysics (LAMA). The mission of LAMA is to foster the utilization and advancement of cutting-edge techniques in multiwavelength astrophysics by RIT faculty, research staff, and students, so as to improve human understanding of the origin and fate of the universe and its constituents.
LAMA exists to support the following astrophysics activities at RIT:
- exploitation of existing and forthcoming national and international ground- and space-based astronomical observing facilities/missions;
- exploitation and mining of the present and forthcoming generations of multiwavelength data archives;
- development of scientific requirements for future astronomical observing facilities/missions and future data archival and mining methods;
- analysis and modeling of multiwavelength astronomical and astrophysical data.
Participating Faculty: Joel Kastner (CIS; LAMA Director), Jennifer Connelly (SoPA), Roger Dube (CIS), Jeyhan Kartaltepe (SoPA), Michael Richmond (SoPA), Andrew Robinson (SoPA)
Affiliated Faculty: Stefi Baum (U. Manitoba), Chris O'Dea (U. Manitoba)
Research Staff: Rupal Mittal, Benjamin Sargent
Graduate Students (2014-15 roster): Triana Almeyda, Kevin Cooke, Marcus Freeman, Yashashree Jadhav, Davide Lena, Kristina Punzi, Valerie Rapson, Trent Seelig, Sravani Vaddi, Billy Vazquez (all AST Ph.D.); Xingchao Yu (CIS)
Undergraduate Students (2014-15 roster): Cicely DiPaolo (CIS), John Reuter (Physics), Kaitlyn Schmidt (Physics), Lucas Shadler (Physics)
LAMA research and researchers in the news:
- LAMA graduate student Valerie Rapson describes her Gemini Planet Imager discovery of strong evidence for ongoing planet formation around a young binary star in the July 2015 issue of the Gemini Focus Newsletter.
- For a second straight year, Rapson was among the winners of the AAS Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards -- this time for her outstanding research poster at the 225th American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle, WA, in January 2015. Rapson is also one of the AAS Astronomy Ambassadors .
The Spring 2013 Chandra Newsletter's feature story, ``The Secret X-ray Lives of Planetary Nebulae,'' was written by former AST/LAMA graduate student and postdoc (now Vanderbilt University Bridge Postdoc) Rudy Montez and LAMA's Kastner.
Highlights of recent LAMA research can be found via the following links: