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.
Anthony Harness | firstname.lastname@example.org | University of Colorado Boulder
Last Updated: January 30, 2015