Gordon P. Garmire

Evan Pugh Professor
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Penn State University

Ph.D. in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1962

Contact Information:

Office: 503 Davey Lab
Mailing Address: 525 Davey Lab, University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-1117
FAX: (814) 865-2977
email: garmire@astro.psu.edu

Office Hours: Advisees and other students should call or email to set up an appointment.

Research Interests:

X-ray astronomy instrumentation, diffuse X-ray background, soft X-ray sources


Penn State High Energy Astrophysics Group

Gordon Garmire heads the High Energy Astrophysics Group at Penn State. The philosophy of the group is to maintain an active and vital program of instrument development and astronomical research within the setting of an educational institution. We seek to build detectors and experiments which open new windows of discovery space onto the Universe, and to involve students through the process of building, testing and use of these instruments to allow them the opportunity to learn the entirety of the challenge of state-of-the-art research, training them to fully appreciate the challenges of space instrumentation. Click here for more information about the Astronomy and Astrophysics Department as a whole.


AXAF CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS):

Gordon Garmire is the Instrument Principal Investigator, directing the development of the entire ACIS experiment. ACIS is the primary focal plane imaging detector on AXAF, the premier X-ray astronomy satellite of the next decade. Scheduled for launch in late 1998, AXAF will offer the highest resolution X-ray images of objects in the sky likely to be seen in our lifetimes. The ACIS experiment offers simultaneous imaging and non-dispersive spectroscopy due to the usage of CCDs as single X-ray photon detectors.

Penn State responsibilities for ACIS include being the home institution for the Instrument Principal Investigator, Dr. Gordon Garmire; developing the ACIS ground software, under Dr. John Nousek; and measurement of the flight optical blocking filters, under Drs. Leisa Townsley and George Chartas.

Other collaborators on ACIS include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Space Research , MIT's Lincoln Labs, CalTech, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Johns Hopkins.


A list of publications is available on request.

Last updated February 1, 1996
Web page by John Nousek ( nousek@astro.psu.edu )
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Penn State University