Science Teams and Affiliations

SOFIA-USRA Polarimetry Group

The polarimetry research group at the SOFIA Science center has had a varying membership over the years, but the core group (funded through our NSF grant) has been myself, John Vaillancourt,  Miguel Charcos Llorens and Sachin Shenoy.   The summer students Richard Fineman (Columbia U.), Emma Sundin (UTEP) and Sarah Youlton (SCU) have provided highly valuable assistance.

The SOFIA-USRA Polarimetri research group. From left (standing) B-G Andersson, Sachin Shenoy, Miguel Charcos Llorens, John Vaillancourt, Richard Fineman. In front; Emma Sundin.
The SOFIA-USRA Polarimetry research group. From left (standing) B-G Andersson, Sachin Shenoy, Miguel Charcos Llorens, John Vaillancourt, Richard Fineman. In front; Emma Sundin. (Not in the picture: our 2015 summer student Sarah Youlton) In the background Ygdrasil – except I guess that tree is not an Ash…
Arago Science Consortium

I’m a member of the Science Consortium for the Arago mission (previously known as “UVMag”).

Arago is a mid-scale space mission proposed to the European Space Agency (ESA) with Coralie Neiner of the Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, as the PI, aimed at performing Optical & Ultraviolet spectro-polarimetry  of stars and the interstellar medium.   My main contribution has been in defining what Arago can contribute to interstellar medium UV polarimetry

Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)
International Science Development Team (ISDT) for
The Stars, Stellar Physics and the Interstellar Medium (ISM)

My proposal for joining the TMT ISDT to promote [ultra] high-resolution optical spectroscopy of the ISM, as well as broad-band ISM polarimetry, was accepted in early March 2017.  Looking forward to helping out with that.

UC Santa Cruz IMPS program

I’m a Visiting Scientist with the astronomy department at UC Santa Cruz and with the Inter[stellar and galactic] Medium Program of Studies (IMPS)