James W. Truran
Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics; Enrico Fermi Institute; and the College

Education: BA 1961 Cornell; MS 1963; PhD 1965 Yale

Phone: (773) 702-9584
Location: LASR
Email: trurannova.uchicago.edu

Affiliations: PI, Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics; ASC Flash Center

Research
early galactic evolution; the early star formation and nucleosynthesis history of the Universe; astrophysical thermonuclear explosions; nucleosynthesis; and ages from nuclear chronometers. He is a co-Principal Investigator on the NSF Frontier Center “Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics," centered at Notre Dame University 2003.
Publications: ADS | arXiv | inSPIRE

Research Fields:
Truran's research is concerned with the nuclear processes by which the elements heavier than hydrogen and helium are synthesized in stellar and supernova environments, and with the mechanisms of nova and supernova explosions.

Graduate Students
Past Graduate Students: Yeun-Jin Kim (2013); Ivo Seitenzahl (2008); Fang Peng (2006); Michael A. Zingale (2000)

Teaching Courses
Past courses:
  • [ASTR 24100] The Physics of Stars and Stellar Systems: 2009 - 2010 (Autumn); 2008 - 2009 (Autumn); 2004 - 2005 (Autumn)
  • [ASTR 30100] Stars: 2006 - 2007 (Autumn)
  • [ASTR 30200] Astrophysics II: 2004 - 2005 (Winter)
  • [ASTR 46400] Nuclear Astrophysics: 2007 - 2008 (Winter)

Department Committees
Past Department Committees: