Robert A. Fesen
Professor of Physics and AstronomyChair, Graduate Committee
Rob Fesen is an observational astronomer specializing in supernovae, their remnants, and interstellar emission nebulae. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Villanova University in 1971, a masters from the University of Hawaii in 1973, and a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Michigan in 1981. He also was a computer programmer in the comptroller's department at AT&T from 1983 to 1986. He did post-doctoral research at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and at the Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Colorado before coming to Dartmouth in 1989. Fesen has held visiting positions at the University of Texas at Dallas and at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Fesen was on the Board of Directors for the SALT telescope from 2001 - 2010 and was Acting Director of MDM Observatory from 1995-1996.
"A Comparison of X-Ray and Optical Emission in Cassiopeia A", D.J. Patnaude and R.A. Fesen, The Astrophysical Journal, 789, 138, 21pp (2014)
"A Detailed Kinematic Map of Cassiopeia A's Optical Main Shell and Outer High-velocity Ejecta", D. Milisavljevic and R.A. Fesen, The Astrophysical Journal, 772, 134, 15pp (2013).
"Late-time Optical Emission from Core-collapse Supernovae", D. Milisavljevic, R.A. Fesen et al., The Astrophysical Journal, 751, 25, 14pp (2012).
"The SN 393-SNR RX J1713.7-3946 (G347.3-0.5) Connection", R.A. Fesen, R. Kramer, et al., The Astronomical Journal, 143, 27, 6pp (2012)
Works in progress
The Internal Structure of the Cassiopeia A Supernova Remnant
A Method for Establishing a Station-Keeping, Stratospheric Platform for Astronomical Research
Optical Discovery of a High Galactic Supernova Remnant