Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Dr. Laura Fissel

Laura Fissel

Assistant Professor
Astronomy, Astrophysics & Relativity
Office:
Stirling 208C
Phone:
613-533-6000 ext. 36350
About:

Degree:

University of Toronto (PhD)

Research Areas/Interests:

In my research I try to understand the physical processes that regulate how stars and planets form. My goal is to answer a big mystery in astrophysics: why is the process of forming stars from interstellar gas so inefficient? To address these problems I work with an international collaboration of scientists to build and fly balloon-borne telescopes, which map nearby and distant star-forming regions from the stratosphere (above more than 99.5% of the Earth’s atmosphere). I also use ground-based telescopes from around the world to make even more detailed maps of star and planet formation in our Galaxy.

I am actively recruiting Masters and PhD students for projects on studying star formation and planet formation, and designing and building balloon-borne telescopes. Please email me if you have questions or would like more information.

Website:

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