Luke Keller

Dana Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Phone: 607-274-3966
Office: Center for Natural Sciences 264, Ithaca, NY 14850
Speciality: Astrophysics, airborne astronomy, spectroscopy, optical instrumentation, natural science general education

I teach all areas of physics to all levels and ages of students. I especially enjoy teaching introductory courses in physics, physics of sound, and astronomy. No matter what subject or level, my primary goal is to help students develop their analytical thinking skills, their observational skills, their skill in communicating technical information, their imagination, and their physical intuition.

My research interests are in astrophysics, optics, and astronomical instrument development. I study the processes of star formation and the formation of planetary systems. My optics and instrumentation work is in design and construction of imaging and spectroscopic tools with astronomical applications.