Earth & Space Science
Office Hours: T/R 12-1, 3-4; W 4-5
Office Phone: 610-436-3014
Office Location: Merion 229
General Astronomy, Intermediate Astronomy, History of Astronomy
B.S. Physics, Université de Montréal
Ph.D. Physics, University of Georgia
Dr. Gagné and his students study young stars and star formation, primarily through their x-ray and infrared emission. Students in his research group analyze data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope to identify newborn stars in molecular clouds, star clusters, and OB associations. With his collaborators at Swarthmore College, Penn State and the University of Delaware, his research seeks to understand the mechanisms which produce the x-rays seen from the most massive young stars.
Dr. Gagné teaches upper-level classes in astronomy, and a general education course, “Galaxies and Cosmology.” In support of this class, he is writing a textbook, “Gravity: from the Big Bang to Black Holes,” an activity based introduction to cosmology.