Robert J. Nemiroff
- Dow 303
- University Professor
- Professor, Physics
- PhD, Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Pennsylvania
- NSF CAREER Award (1997)
- MTU Research Award (2012)
- MTU University Professor (2021)
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 https://apod.nasa.gov/. A thumbnail of the latest APOD should appear on the upper left.
In 1999, I co-created the Astrophysics Source Code Library (ASCL) open repository. Housed at MTU and located online at https://ascl.net/, the ASCL now lists over 2600 codes and promotes greater research transparency. ASCL is indexed by ADS, making participating astrophysics codes easier to locate and cite.
I received the Michigan Tech Graduate Student Government's Exceptional Graduate Mentor award in 2021.
Links of Interest
- Gamma-ray bursts
- Gravitational lensing
- Smartphones as science sensors
- Relativistic Illumination Fronts