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Michael Wood

Assistant Professor
Degree
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Ph.D. - Physics, Minor in Astronomy (2014)
B.S. - Physics (2009) & B.S. - Astrophysics (2009)
Office
OWS 165B
Phone
(651)962-5095
Toll Free
(800)328-6819, Ext. 2-5095
Fax
(651)962-5209
Mail
Mail Stop OWS 153
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Where do the elements in the periodic table come from?  Why are some rarer than others?  Can determining their amounts in an exoplanet help us find life beyond Earth?  These questions can be addressed through laboratory astrophysics, a research area that bridges astronomy and physics.  By measuring the quantity of each element in a large sample of stars, astronomers learn about the distribution of elements in our Galaxy.  Combined with models of their creation, this helps to identify the specific astronomical origin of each element.  However, the accuracy of this information is partially limited by the input atomic data used in these stellar measurements.  By analyzing laboratory plasma sources using a variety of spectroscopic techniques, my research provides data for thousands of atomic transitions to improve the astronomical results and get more refined answers to these fundamental questions.

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHYS 112 - 02 Classical Physics II M - W - F - - 1055 - 1320 OWS 169

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1320

Location:

OWS 169

Course Registration Number:

40287 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Michael P. Wood

Continuation of PHYS 111. Topics include waves and sound; electricity and magnetism; geometric and physical optics. The course meets three times a week for two consecutive periods consisting of integrated lecture, discussion and laboratory. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in both PHYS 111 and MATH 114 NOTE: Students who receive credit for PHYS 112 may not receive credit for PHYS 110.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PHYS 154 - 51 Astronomy for Scientists LAB - - - R - - - 0800 - 1135 OWS 169

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 1135

Location:

OWS 169

Course Registration Number:

43249 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Michael P. Wood

Introduction to astronomy for science and engineering majors, with an emphasis on the relevant physical principles. Topics covered include the properties and motions of the Solar system, properties of various stellar objects, nebulae, galaxies, cosmology, and the origin of life in the Universe. Ideas developed in the lecture will be explored and expanded during a separate laboratory section. Students registering for PHYS 154-51 must also register for PHYS 154-01.

Schedule Details

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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location