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I am a sixth year graduate student in the Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences Department at the University of Colorado Boulder and a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow. My main research is focused on technology development of Starshade external occulters. The starshade is a high contrast imaging technology, invented here at CU, that will allow us to find and characterize Earth-like planets around other stars. Future starshade missions have the capability of finding habitable planets around other stars and even the possibility of finding life on those planets! I am currently attempting the first astronomical demonstration of starshades, aiming at achieving extremely high contrast at moderate inner working angles to image faint circumstellar material around nearby stars. This demonstration is a critical step in the technology development of starshades in preparation for a future space mission. My other research projects include formation flying of suborbital vehicles and spacecraft, and optical modeling and field testing of diffractive optics. Feel free to take a look around for more information about me and my research.


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  • Phone:
    (303) 492-5860
  • Address:
    Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research
    431 UCB
    Boulder, CO 80309
  • Office:
    DLC 165 (Discovery Learning Center)
    Engineering Center

"Do there exist many worlds, or is there but a single world? This is one of the most noble and exalted questions in the study of Nature."

- St Albertus Magnus (1206-1280) *
De Caelo et Mundo, Lib. I, Tract. III, Cap. I, 13th C. (Opera, Lugduni, 1651, II, 40); quoted in McColley, G., Annals of Science, Vol. 1, Iss. 4, Pg. 385 (1936)


Anthony Harness | | University of Colorado Boulder
Last Updated: January 30, 2015