The Astrophysics Lab is used specifically for research in planetary science and astrophysics. Faculty and students both can observe with the SARA telescopes in Arizona and Chile, or use one of the Mac, Linux, or PC workstations set up with software packages such as IRAF and IDL used in analyzing astronomical images and spectroscopy.
Presently, the main focus is computational simulations in stellar astrophysics: white dwarfs, binary stars, rapidly rotating stars, stellar atmospheres.
The lab is also used by Controls faculty and students for joint Astronomy/Astrophysics and Controls research in development of nonlinear data processing algorithms and intelligent observation systems.
- SARA observing stations
- 4 iMacs used for astrophysical data reduction and analysis
- 1 conference table with large screen TV
- The lab features a suite of iMacs, set up with software packages such as IRAF and IDL used in analyzing astronomical images and spectroscopy. Students can also remotely login to ERAU’s Vega supercomputer to perform astrophysical calculations on as many as 360 cores.
- Computer dedicated to observations with SARA complete the labs computational resources