Observational astrophysics is often driven by the race to build larger, more expensive telescopes. However, telescopes with optics as small as a salad plate can sometimes perform measurements as important as their larger siblings. Join Dr. Michael Zemcov as he presents several examples of small space-based experiments that are providing unique views of the history and structure of the Universe. Dr. Zemcov will review recent insights from a variety of instruments, with results reaching from the nature of cosmic dust in our solar system, to stars lost between galaxies, to the first moments of the universe itself. Look out, cosmos - here we come!
Dr. Zemcov's primary research focus is experimental astrophysics and cosmology, particularly the development of instruments and data analysis methods for a variety of platforms, including ground-based, sub-orbital rockets, and orbital observatories. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Physics & Astronomy and the Center for Detectors at the Rochester Institute of Technology and an Affiliate Scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Prior to coming to RIT in 2015, Dr. Zemcov was a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology and a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow. He received his PhD from Cardiff University, Wales in 2006 and his BSc from the University of British Columbia in 2003.