: 610-519-4884

: david.chuss@villanova.edu

: Mendel Science Center,

Room 347, Villanova, PA

David T. Chuss, PhD

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.


PhD Northwestern University
MS Pennsylvania State University
BS 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

Far-InfaREd Polarimetric Large Area CMZ Exploration (FIREPLACE) SOFIA Legacy Survey

Using HAWC+ on NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), we produced a map of the magnetic field structure in the cool dust of the central 1.5 degrees of our Milky Way Galaxy.