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: Stefi Baum (CIS), Roger Dube (CIS), Joel Kastner (CIS; LAMA Director), Jacob Noel-Storr (CIS), Chris O'Dea (Physics), Michael Richmond (Physics), Andrew Robinson (Physics)
Research Staff: Preeti Kharb, Rupal Mittal, Benjamin Sargent
Graduate Students (2013 roster): Triana Almeyda, Kevin Cooke, Marcus Freeman, Davide Lena, Dave Principe, Kristina Punzi, Valerie Rapson, Sravani Vaddi, Billy Vazquez (all AST Ph.D.)
Undergraduate Students (2013 roster): Mollie Corrigan (Physics), Kayla Emerson (Physics), Mike Every (Physics), Andrew Ferris (Physics), Alyssa Hunter (Physics), Kaitlyn Schmidt (Physics), Trent Seelig (Imaging \& Photo Tech), Luke Shadler (Physics)
LAMA research and researchers in the news:
AST/LAMA graduate students Kevin Cooke & Valerie Rapson were among the winners of Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards for outstanding research posters at the 223rd American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, D.C., in January 2014. Rapson was also named a AAS Astronomy Ambassador in Dec. 2013.
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.
Spectacular nebula views captured with X-ray vision (see also the Chandra X-ray Center's image gallery and the RIT News story ``Sweeping X-ray Imaging Survey of Dying Stars is Uncharted Territory'' )
Highlights of recent LAMA research can be found via the following links: