Welcome to the Submillimeter Astrophysics Group at Cornell University!  


Our group is specialized in the design and construction of infrared and submillimeter astronomical instruments. We use these instruments to study the effects of star formation on the interstellar medium in galaxies; from the Milky Way to the most distant galaxies. Our observations thus trace the star formation history of the Universe. Specifically we carry out spectroscopic observation of carbon-monoxide, which is the second most abundant molecule in the Universe, and of neutral and ionized elements (especially carbon) to reveal the physical conditions in the interstellar medium.

Our current projects include the Miniature Cryogenic Scanning Fabry-Perot Interferometer (MCSF), the 2nd Generation Redshift (z) and Early Universe Spectrometer (ZEUS-2), and the Short Wavelength Camera for the CCAT Observatory (SWCam). Past projects include the South Pole Imaging Fabry-Perot Interferometer (SPIFI) and the Redshift (z) and Early Universe Spectrometer (ZEUS). We have deployed these instruments to various telescopes in diverse locations including the South Pole, Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and Atacama, Chile.

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Job Openings:

  • We are looking for highly self-motivated students to work on optical and mechanical design, and data acquisition and reduction software.
  • Students looking for a thesis project should contact Professor Stacey. Thesis topics include exploring star formation throughout cosmic time with ZEUS-2, Herschel, and ALMA, and design and construction of instrumentation including instruments for CCAT.