Peter O. Vandervoort
Professor Emeritus, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics; and the College

Education: PhD, The University of Chicago, 1960

Phone: (773) 702-8209
Location: ERC 589

Affiliations: Trustee, Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum; Emeritus Faculty, Physical Sciences Collegiate Division

Theoretical astrophysics, dynamics
Publications: ADS | arXiv | inSPIRE

Research Fields:
Vandervoort's field of research is dynamical astronomy, particularly stellar dynamics. His research has addressed the equilibrium of galaxies, stellar orbits in galaxies, the dynamics of spiral structure, and the oscillations and the stability of galaxies. His more recent work has concentrated on chaos in the pulsations of stars, in the oscillations of galaxies, and in the mergers of galaxies and on resonances in the pulsations of stars.

Teaching Courses
Past courses:
  • [ASTR 24100] The Physics of Stars and Stellar Systems: 2005 - 2006 (Autumn)

Department Committees
Past Department Committees:
  • Space and Building: 2014 - 2015 | 2013 - 2014 (Chair) | 2011 - 2012 (Chair)