Direct Imaging Detection of Earth-like Planets around Other Stars
Prof. Justin R. Crepp is an experimental astrophysicist. He designs and builds instruments for the largest telescopes in the world. Crepp’s research focuses on developing technologies related to adaptive optics to detect and study planets orbiting other stars in an effort to search for signs of life.
Professor Crepp was awarded a NASA Early Career Fellowship in 2013 for his work in high-contrast imaging. In 2017, he was awarded a NSF Career Fellowship for developing precision spectrographs that use adaptive optics. Recently, he was selected by the National Academies of Science to identify pathways for research in exoplanets through the year 2030 and beyond.
Prior to teaching at Notre Dame, Crepp was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology (2008-2012). He received a PhD in astronomy from the University of Florida in 2008, and Bachelor’s degree in physics from the Pennsylvania State University in 2003.
"What's Up?" in this month will be presented by Geovanni Somoza from LAAS