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Robert A. Fesen

Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Rob Fesen is an observational astronomer specializing in supernovae, their remnants, and interstellar emission nebulae. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Villanova University in 1971, a masters from the University of Hawaii in 1973, and a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Michigan in 1981. He also was a computer programmer in the comptroller's department at AT&T from 1983 to 1986. He did post-doctoral research at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and at the Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Colorado before coming to Dartmouth in 1989. Fesen has held visiting positions at the University of Texas at Dallas and at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Fesen was on the Board of Directors for the SALT telescope from 2001 - 2010 and was Acting Director of MDM Observatory from 1995-1996.

Research Interests

Optical, near-infrared, ultraviolet, and X-ray emissions from supernovae and supernova remnants, both galactic and extragalactic; interstellar shocks and emission nebulae, Herbig-Haro objects, planetary nebulae. For a list of refereed publications click here. A complete CV can be found here.

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