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Giles Novak


PhD, University of Chicago, 1988

Professor Novak works in observational astrophysics and astronomical instrumentation. His research group is currently contributing to three instrumentation projects: called HAWC+, BLAST-TNG, and TolTEC. All three are aimed at key questions in star formation research: What sets the rate at which new stars and planets are born? What factors determine the masses of stars and the properties of the associated planet-forming disks?

To learn more, please visit the Novak Group page.

Awards and Honors

  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award, 1997
  • Weinberg College Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research, 2012

Selected Publications

  • N. L. Chapman, J. A. Davidson, P. F. Goldsmith, M. Houde, W. Kwon, Z.-Y. Li, L. W. Looney, B. Matthews, T. G. Matthews, G. Novak, R. Peng, J. E. Vaillancourt, and N. H. Volgenau
    Alignment Between Flattened Protostellar Infall Envelopes and Ambient Magnetic Fields
    Astrophysical Journal 770, 151 (2013)
  • M. Attard, M. Houde, G. Novak, H. Li, J. E. Vaillancourt, C. D. Dowell, J. A. Davidson, and H. Shinnaga
    Magnetic Fields and Infall Motions in NGC 1333 IRAS 4
    Astrophysical Journal 702, 1584 (2009)
  • H. Li, C.D. Dowell, L. Kirby, G. Novak, and J.E. Vaillancourt
    Design and Initial Performance of SHARP, a Polarimeter for the SHARC-II Camera at the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory
    Applied Optics 47, 422 (2008)
  • M. Krejny et al.
    The Hertz/VPM polarimeter: Design and First Light Observations
    Applied Optics 47, 4429 (2008)
  • H. Li, P. G. Calisse, D. T. Chuss, G. S. Griffin, M. Krejny, R. F. Loewenstein, M. G. Newcomb, and G. Novak
    Results of SPARO 2003: Mapping Magnetic Fields in Giant Molecular Clouds
    Astrophysical Journal 648, 340 (2006)
  • G. Novak et al.
    First Results from the Submillimeter Polarimeter for Antarctic Remote Observations: Evidence of Large-Scale Toroidal Magnetic Fields in the Galactic Center
    Astrophysical Journal 583, L83 (2003)
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