Robert J. Nemiroff

Robert J. Nemiroff

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Professor, Physics

  • PhD, Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Pennsylvania
  • NSF CAREER Award (1997)
  • MTU Research Award (2012)

Biography

APOD

I worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, USA before coming to Michigan Tech. I am perhaps best known scientifically for papers predicting, usually among others, several recovered microlensing phenomena, and papers showing, usually among others, that gamma-ray bursts were consistent with occurring at cosmological distances. I led a group that developed and deployed the first online fisheye night sky monitor, called CONCAMs, deploying later models to most major astronomical observatories. I have published as first author and refereed for every major journal in astronomy and astrophysics. My current research interests include trying to limit attributes of our universe with distant gamma-ray bursts, and investigating the use of relativistic illumination fronts to orient astronomical nebulae.

In 1995, I co-created the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) with main NASA website at http://apod.nasa.gov/. A thumbnail of the latest APOD should appear on the upper left. If you are a fan of APOD, please consider joining the Friends of APOD at http://friendsofapod.org/.

In 1999, I co-created the Astrophysics Source Code Library (ASCL) open repository. Housed at MTU and located online at http://ascl.net/, the ASCL now lists over 1000 codes and promotes greater research transparency. ASCL is indexed by ADS, making participating astrophysics codes easier to locate and cite. 

Research Interests

  • Gamma-ray bursts
  • Gravitational lensing
  • Smartphones as science sensors
  • Cosmology
  • Gravitation