Physics and Astronomy

Distinguished University Professor Selected as Chair of the Board of Governors for the Astrophysical Research Consortium

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce D. Michael Crenshaw, Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been appointed Chair of the Board of Governors for the Astrophysical Research Consortium (ARC).

“I’m excited about this new position because it opens up new collaborative opportunities for our… more »

Georgia State Opens South Pole Solar Observatory

ATLANTA—Dr. Stuart Jefferies, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University, will lead a multi-institutional team in opening the South Pole Solar Observatory in Antarctica and installing and operating instruments that will record high-resolution images of the Sun.

The project, sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Polar Programs,… more »

CHARA Array Awarded $3.9 Million To Provide Telescope Access To Scientists Across The Nation

ATLANTA—Scientists at Georgia State University’s Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) have been awarded a $3.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide scientists greater access to the CHARA Array telescopes at the Mount Wilson Observatory in California.

The CHARA Array is the largest optical interferometer in the world and provides… more »

Georgia State and ALPAO Sign Agreement for Adaptive Optics Upgrade on Telescopes at CHARA

MOUNT WILSON, Calif.–Georgia State University’s Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) and the French company ALPAO have signed a contract for the development of an adaptive optics upgrade for the CHARA Array, the largest optical interferometer array in the world.

Georgia State and ALPAO will develop new deformable mirrors and improve the sensitivity of… more »

Difficult Decisions Involving Perception Increase Activity in Brain’s Insular Cortex, Study Finds

As the difficulty of making a decision based on sensory evidence increases, activity in the brain’s insular cortex also increases, according to researchers at Georgia State University. 

The findings, reported in the journal Neuroscience, shed light on how the insular cortex is involved in processing sensory information to perceive the environment and… more »

‘Starspot’ Images that Give Insight into Early Sun Captured by University’s CHARA Telescope Array

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—An international team of astronomers has taken close-up pictures of a nearby star that show starspots—sunspots outside our solar system.

The researchers used a technique called interferometry to build the first time lapse of zeta Andromedae across one of its 18-day rotations. Zeta Andromedae is about 181 light-years away in the northern constellation… more »

Georgia State Junior R. Andrew Sevrinsky Selected as Goldwater Scholar for Astronomy Research

R. Andrew Sevrinsky, a Georgia State University Honors College student, has been named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, one of 252 award recipients nationwide.

Noa Erlitzki, an Honors College junior, earned honorable mention for the Goldwater Scholarship, marking the first time that Georgia State has had two students recognized by the Goldwater Foundation in the… more »

Georgia State Announces Funding for Eight Faculty Proposals as Part of Next Generation Initiative

Georgia State University will fund eight faculty proposals as part of its Next Generation faculty program, a successor to the Second Century Initiative, which has brought 61 new faculty positions to the university over the last five years. Funding for the proposals is expected to be about $2 million in the next year. more »

Atlanta Science Festival Comes to Georgia State for Third Year

The Atlanta Science Festival (ASF) is returning to Georgia State University for the third year in a row. Georgia State, one of the festival’s silver-level sponsors, will host six events.

ASF is a community effort and celebration of local STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) education. This year’s festival will feature 100 events… more »

Two Georgia State Scientists Discuss Space Weather Events at White House

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Two Georgia State University scientists were among experts invited by The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to discuss space weather events related to science and technology efforts, and national preparedness on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Piet Martens, professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at Georgia State, and Rafal Angryk, associate… more »