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Researchers at The Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research explore extreme and unusual phenomena found beyond the Earth including extrasolar planets, black holes, neutron stars, and distant galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
Director, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research; Professor of PhysicsFaculty
March 2, 2017 MIT's Jacqueline Hewitt and HERA team given $5.8M boost to detect cosmic dawn. This week, the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA) telescope project team was awarded a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to MIT to expand the HERA telescope in South Africa to begin looking for the effects of light from the first generation of stars that formed in the universe. (see MIT News)
Jacqueline Hewitt is Professor of Physics at MIT and Director of MIT's Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. She received her Ph.D. in physics from MIT in 1986. After postdoctoral appointments at Haystack Observatory and Princeton University, she returned to MIT in 1989 to join the faculty.
Professor Hewitt's research interests are in the application of techniques of radio astronomy and signal processing to problems in astrophysics. Current topics are low-frequency radio studies of the Epoch of Reionization and the Dark Ages, and surveys of transient astronomical radio emission. She is a founding collaborator in the Murchison Widefield Array project, a low-frequency radio telescope in Western Australia designed to study the Epoch of Reionization.
Honors and awards:
April 2016 Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (see MIT News)