University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

School of Physics and Astronomy

Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics


Profile: Prof. Chick Woodward

One focus of my current research is the study of solar system comets, which are frozen reservoirs of primitive solar dust grains and ices. I analyze the composition and size distribution of cometary dust grains from infrared imaging and polarimetry techniques using the LBT and Steward Observatory telescopes which support my Spitzer Infrared Telescope activities. In this way, I can determine the physical characteristics of the solid materials that constituted the primitive solar nebula, out of which planetesimals, then planets, and eventually we, ourselves, were formed.
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