Roger H. Hildebrand
S.K. Allison Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus, Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics; Enrico Fermi Institute; and the College

Department Chair: 1984-1988

Education: Ph.D., California, Berkeley, 1951

Phone: (773) 702-7581
Location: ERC 593

Experimental physics, infrared astronomy
Publications: ADS | arXiv | inSPIRE

Research Fields:
Hildebrand and his students, former students, and other colleagues, study the properties of interstellar magnetic fields and interstellar dust by means of far-infrared photometry and polarimetry. They map the field configurations of collapsing clouds, filamentary clouds, and rotating clouds. They use the angular dispersion of field vectors to determine field strengths, turbulent fractions, and size-distributions of turbulent eddies. By 2012, their observations at the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, will be supplemented by far infra-red polarimetry with SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astrometry.

Graduate Students
Past Graduate Students: Larry Kirby (2008, Astronomy and Astrophysics); John E. Vaillancourt (2001, Astronomy and Astrophysics)