Current Faculty

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Steve Beckwith

Professor of Astronomy


  • 501Q Campbell Hall


Specialty Areas

Cosmology, galactic evolution, galactic luminosity function


Professor Beckwith is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has served as Director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie and as Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute. He served previously as the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies for the University of California system.


The Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey

The Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) is a new science instrument that exploits the latest generation of adaptive optics technology, coronagraphy and detectors. We have successfully commissioned GPI at the Gemini South telescope in Chile and in 2014 we started a three year science program called GPIES (GPI Exoplanet Survey) that will survey 600 stars for the presence of young giant planets.


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