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Portrait of Carl Heiles

Carl Heiles
Professor of Astronomy

PhD 1966 (Princeton University)

Campus address and phone:
545 Campbell Hall
(510) 642-4510

Email:

Website:
http://astro.berkeley.edu/~heiles/

Specialty areas:
Interstellar matter, radio astronomy, numerical analysis

Research projects:

Generally, I am interested in observationally specifying the physical state of diffuse interstellar gas. Currently, and more specifically, my graduate students and I are working on two major projects. One involves mapping the Galactic interstellar hydrogen in the 21-cm line using the new seven-element feed array at the Arecibo telescope, a project we fondly call GALFA; see the project's website http://www.naic.edu/alfa/galfa/ . The other involves using the Green Bank telescope (GBT) to map Galactic hydrogen and, also, to measure the interstellar magnetic field using Zeeman splitting of the 21-cm line and some other spectral lines. I am also involved, less directly, with the Spectroscopy of Plasma Evolution from Astrophysical Radiation (SPEAR) satellite, which maps ultraviolet emission lines from very gas in interstellar space.

Biography:

Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. Undergraduate at Cornell in Engineering Physics; PhD at Princeton in Astrophysical Sciences. At Berkeley from summer 1966 onwards, with some time out at Arecibo Observatory, Boulder, and Green Bank.