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Radio Astronomy Observatory, Five Colleges

At millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths, it has become possible to observe the molecular constituents of cometary ices as they sublimate from the nucleus. Mapping, for which FCRAO is the premier instrument in the world, is key to distinguishing among the chemical and physical processes that take place in the cometary environment.

Department(s): 

Astronomy

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Location: 

619 Lederle Graduate Research Center

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory

Researchers in the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory (MIRSL) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are playing a leading role in developing unique microwave and millimeter-wave sensors. Such sensors can observe the earth's surface through clouds and rain, twenty-four hours a day, allowing scientists to assess geophysical processes synoptically over extended time periods, under a wide variety of atmospheric conditions.

Department(s): 

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College/Unit: 

College of Engineering

Contact: 

Stephen Frasier

Location: 

Knowles Engineering Building

Resources: 

Microwave Remote Sensing Equipment

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Laboratory for Millimeter Wave Devices and Applications

Professors Jackson and Yngvesson, and the students associated with LAMMDA carry out research centered on technology related to integrated microwave, millimeter wave, and submillimeter wave (Terahertz) components. LAMMDA activities include fundamental analysis, modeling and measurement of devices and circuits that have applications ranging from commercial microwave intergrated systems to radio astronomy.

Department(s): 

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College/Unit: 

College of Engineering

Contact: 

Professors Jackson and Yngvesson

Resources: 

superconducting magnet, two gas lasers, prototype machine shop, a Cascade probe station, Agilent network analyzer for 50 GHz measurements, sources and sweepers extending to 110 GHz

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Antenna Propagation Laboratory

APLab research includes: design, analysis, development of printed circuit antennas and arrays; radio wave propagation studies for commercial, military applications; theoretical and computational electromagnetics; scattering and wave propagation; and thinned array antennas.

Department(s): 

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College/Unit: 

College of Engineering

Contact: 

Keith Carver, Ramakrishna Janaswamy

Resources: 

HP 8510C network analyzer, Agilent E8404A RF mainframe

Availability: 

Private

Research: