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 David M. Kuehn, Ph.D.

David M. Kuehn, Ph.D.

Chair, University Professor
Discipline/Specialization: Planetary astronomy, computational physics, scientific instrument development
Department of Physics
Office: 301 Yates Hall
Phone: 620-235-4388

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Education

Ph.D., Astronomy, New Mexico St. U., Las Cruces, New Mexico, U.S.A., 1990

B.S., Physics, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, U.S.A., 1985

Experience

2014 - present     Chair, Department of Physics, Pittsburg State University, Kansas
2009 - present     University Professor of Physics, Pittsburg State University, Kansas
1996 - present     Supervisor, PSU/Greenbush Astrophysical Observatory
2013 - 2014      Interim Chair, Department of Physics, Pittsburg State University, Kansas
2010 - 2013      Asst. Chair, Departments of Mathematics and Physics, Pittsburg State University, Kansas
2002 - 2009      Professor of Physics, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas
1995 – 2002     Associate Professor of Physics, Pittsburg State University, Kansas
1995 – 2000     Adjunct Professor of Astronomy, New Mexico State University
1990 – 1995     Assistant Professor of Physics, Pittsburg State University, Kansas

Courses Taught

David KuehnFall 2014

PHYS 130 Elementary Physics Lab I
PHYS 510 Analytical Mechanics I
PHYS 591 Physics Project
PHYS 699 Senior Review and Assessment
PHYS 714 Statistical Thermodynamics

Spring 2014 (courses subject to change in Spring 2015)

PHYS 100 College Physics I
PHYS 104 Engineering Physics I
PHYS 699 Senior Review and Assessment
PHYS 775 High-Energy Astrophysics

Research Interests

Acousto-Optic Imaging and Spectrometry

I am currently involved in a project with Dr. Nancy Chanover (New Mexico State University Astronomy) and Dr. David Voelz (New Mexico State University Electrical Engineering). We are using both visible-near IR and mid-IR acousto-optic tunable filters along with appropriate imaging arrays to map the atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn.

Recently, we finished integrating an AOTF spectrometer with a time-of-flight mass spectrometer at Goddard Spaceflight Center.  I developed the control software for the spectrometer.  The whole system is designed to analyze rock minerals, with the hope of further funding to land on the surface of Mars.  Currently, we are testing and calibrating the instrument with standard rock samples in the laboratory at GSFC.

Asteroids

Using telescopes at the PSU/Greenbush Astrophysical Observatory, undergraduate physics students are helping me find and track recently discovered asteroids for follow-up observations.  These observations include both astrometric and photometric information.

Meteor Camera

I have constructed two low-light intensity, all-weather video cameras combined with tracking software that obtains videos of meteors.  The cameras are placed to obtained height information and hopefully will be used for science as well as science education.

Professional Memberships

American Astronomical Society (AAS)
Division for Planetary Science of the AAS (DPS)
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)