In this series of posts, we sit down with a few of the keynote speakers of the 237th AAS meeting to learn more about them and their research. You can see a full schedule of their talks here, and read our other interviews here!
Professor David Chuss (courtesy of speaker)
At the 237th Meeting of the AAS, Professor David Chuss of Villanova University will be telling us all about how he uses the same technique to learn about star formation in our galactic neighborhood and the oldest light in the universe, 13 billion light years away! This technique is called astronomical polarimetry — so let us dive into what that means, how it can probe such different parts of the cosmos, as well as what we can expect to hear at his plenary and why being a professor at one’s alma mater can be so rewarding.
First up: What is Astronomical Polarimetry?Like a large part of astronomy, it all has to do with light: “As an astronomer, you have various ways of making sense of the light that happens to come from events in the past and far away,” Chuss began. He further explained that there is a rich, ...