Two members of the Department of Physics and Space Sciences in the College of Science, Eric Perlman and Véronique Petit, have been awarded time on one of America’s most powerful – and famous –research tools: the Hubble Space Telescope.
Professor Perlman won time on the telescope for his proposal, “The Physics of the Jets of Powerful Radio Galaxies and Quasars.\” He is also co-investigator on three other proposals that received Hubble time and one archival proposal.
Jets are high-energy flows of matter and radiation that emerge from the host galaxy’s nuclear regions at nearly the speed of light.
Assistant Professor Petit will use Hubble to look at a massive magnetic star as part of her winning proposal, “Probing the extreme wind confinement of the most magnetic O star with COS spectroscopy.\” Such observations could not be done with a ground-based telescope.
Both Perlman and Petit expect to receive grants of up to $100,000 in association with their Hubble projects.