Astronomy & Astrophysics

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 18:00

Faculty Members

Paul A. Mason (Research Associate), Chunqiang Li (Assistant Professor), H├ęctor Noriega (Lecturer)

Students

Sebastian Gomez (UG), Emmanuel Gonzalez (UG), Rodolfo Gonzalez (UG), Isaac Lopez (UG), John Morales (UG)

Research Description

Dr. Paul A. Mason is the principal investigator for a $570,000 grant from the National Science Foundation as part of the Partnerships for Astronomy and Astrophysics Research and Education program. The grant is a partnership between the UTEP Department of Physics and the University of Texas at Austin Department of Astronomy and McDonald Observatory. Dr. C. Li (UTEP) and Dr. E.L. Robinson (UT-Austin) are Co-Investigators on the project to conduct observational astrophysics research on interacting binary stars, especially black hole and neutron star accreting binaries and to support astronomy and astrophysics education within the UTEP Physics Department. Hector Noriega-Mendoza will lead the operation of the campus observatory for the project.

Facilities

Optical telescope. 12" (0.30 m) f/15 telescope for student research.
Radio telescope. Composed of two 10-foot dishes, capable of radio interferometry, detection of red and blue shifts, and other student projects.
To use this equipment contact the department office at 747-5715.