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David T. Chuss, Ph.D.

Dr. Chuss is an expert in Astronomical Polarimetry. As such, he develops instrumentation to study the polarization of long wavelength light from astrophysical phenomenon to learn about the universe. Dr. Chuss has used this technique to study the physics of magnetic fields in our Milky Way’s center, and has applied these techniques to study the origins of the universe. His instrumentation efforts have led to several adventures including five trips to the South Pole and numerous trips to mountain tops in Hawaii, Arizona, and Chile.


Ph. D. Northwestern University
M.S. Pennsylvania State University
B.S. Villanova University

Work Experience

Astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
National Research Council Associate, NASA GSFC

Current Projects

The Cosmology Large Angular Scale Surveyor (CLASS)

CLASS is an array of 4 telescopes currently under development in the Atacama Desert in Chile. CLASS measures the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) at four frequencies at the largest angular scales to search for the polarized imprint on the CMB from inflationary gravitational waves.

CLASS Website
CLASS at Wikipedia

The High-resolution Airborne Widefield Camera (HAWC+)

HAWC+ is a polarimeter for NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). HAWC+ will provide array polarimetry from 50-300 microns. This instrument will measure magnetic fields and provide new insights into the role of magnetic fields in star formation as well into the physics of the dust itself.

HAWC+ Website
SOFIA Website

Refereed Publications

Other Publications

Media and Talks

AAS 237 Plenary Talk, January 15, 2021
Astrobites AAS 237 Plenary Speaker Series, January 13, 2021
AAS NOVA, May 13, 2020
Astrobites OMC-1 feature, February 8, 2020
NASA.gov HAWC+ Galactic Center Feature, June 11, 2019
SOFIA Tele-Talk, May 8, 2019 Astronomy Picture of the Day, February 27, 2019
NASA.gov HAWC+ Orion Feature, February 20, 2019
Book Review for the Journal of Big History, 2018
"The Origin and Fate of the Universe," Villanova University, September 14, 2016
CLASS WHYY Interview, August 4, 2016
"The Early Universe and Astrophysics," 2010 Mars Society Convention, August 8, 2010

On the Web

Villanova Media Center
Research Gate
Linked In
Google Scholar