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Dr. Peter M. Frinchaboy

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Programs Main: (817) 257-6387
Ph.D in Astronomy University of Virginia, 2006 M.Sc in Astronomy University of Virginia, 2002 B.S in Physics California State University, Sacramento, 2000

Research Interests

My primary research utilizes multi-wavelength observations (X-ray through mid-infrared) in the investigation of local stellar populations. Of particular interest is the use of star clusters and giant stars to probe the structurs and evolution, chemical and dynamical, of the Milky Way and other Local Group galaxies. Related issues such as the role of environment and dark matter content of Milky way satellite galaxies are also currently under study. I am currently the PI two primary projects: 1) The Open Cluster Chemical Abundance & Mapping (OCCAM)  survey which uses primarily the Sloan Digital Sky Survey/Apache Point Obervatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (SDSS/APOGEE) Spitzer Space Telescope, WISE, and Two Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS) and Gaia to explore the Galaxy as never before using hundreds of open star clusters. 2) The Binary INformation from Open Clusters Using SEDs (BINOCS) project to determine accurate binary component masses for unresolved star cluster binaries to improve/constrain numerical N-body simulations of star cluster evolution. I am also Survey Coordinator of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV (SDSS-IV).

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Courses Taught

  • PHYS 10273 Intro Astronomy: Earth & Planets
  • PHYS 10263 Cosmic Origins
  • PHYS 10293 Archaeoastronomy
  • PHYS 10901 First Year Physics & Astronomy Seminar
  • PHYS 30113 Intermediate Astronomy
  • PHYS 30123 Observational Astronomy
  • PHYS 50733 Computational Physics
  • PHYS 60901 Scientific Citizenship
  • PHYS 60743 Astrophysics
  • PHYS 70743 Special topics in Astrophysics