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Thomas J. Moffett

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Thomas J. Moffett

Emeritus Professor of Physics
Office: Physics 244
Telephone: (765) 494-5508
Fax: (765) 494-0706


B.S., Physics, Louisiana State University, 1966
M.S., Physics, Louisiana State University, 1969
Ph.D., Astronomy, The University of Texas at Austin, 1973

Research Interests

Current: Distances to galaxies in the Local Group.
Previous: Variable stars, flare stars, photometry.
Activities: Observation astronomy in the optical region.

Teaching Interests Current:
  • Astr 363 (Fall 2000)
  • Astr 364 (Spring 2001)
  • Astr 263 (Fall 2001)
Past Graduate Students
  • M.L. Frueh, McDonald Observatory, The University of Texas at Austin
  • K.G. Wolinski, Post doc at the Hubble Space Telescope
  • H.L. Chambers II, Assistant Professor, College of Charleston
Awards and Honors
  • Member, International Astronomical Union
  • Fellow, the Royal Astronomical Society
Professional Experience
  • Professor of Physics, Purdue University, 1984-present
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Astronomy, the University of Texas, 1981-82
  • Associate Professor of Physics, Purdue University, 1979-84
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, Purdue University, 1975-79
  • Astronomy Research Associate, the University of Texas, 1973-75
Selected Publications
  1. W.P. Gieren, T.J. Moffett and, T.G. Barnes III: "Calibrating the Cepheid Period - Radius Relation with Galactic and Magellanic Cloud Cepheids", Ap.J., 512, 553 (1999).
  2. T.G. Barnes III, I.I. Ivans, J.R. Martin, C.S. Froning and T.J. Moffett: "V(RI)c Photometry of Cepheids in the Magellanic Clouds", PASP, 111, 812, 1999.
  3. R. Earle Luck, Thomas J. Moffett, Thomas G. Barnes III, and Wolfgang P. Gieren: "Magellanic Cloud Cepheids: Abundances" A.J. 115, 605-634 (1998).
  4. Thomas J. Moffett, Wolfgang P. Gieren, Thomas G. Barnes III, and Matias Gomez: "BV(RI)C Photometry of Cepheids in the Magellanic Clouds", Ap. J. Suppl., 117, 135-146 (1998).
  5. T.G.Barnes, J.A. Fernley, M.L. Frueh, J.G. Navas, T.J. Moffett, and I. Skillen, "BVRIJHK Photometry of Cepheid Variables" PASP, 109, 645-658, (1997).
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