Bruce T. Draine

Professor, Department of Astrophysical Sciences
108 Peyton Hall
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544-1001

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I am happy to acknowledge research support over the years from the National Science Foundation (AST-9619429, AST-9988126, AST-0406883, AST-1008570, AST-1408723) and NASA (NAG5-10811). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or NASA.

My curricum vitae and list of publications (pdf) will tell you more than you want to know about my professional activities.

Recent Publications:

Some Recent Presentations:

  • Part 2 (Adam Burrows): Stars and stellar evolution:more information... -->

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    Research Interests:

  • Andromeda's Dust -- maps of properties of dust and starlight in M31 (Draine, Aniano, Krause, et al. 2014: ApJ, 780, 172).

  • Scattering and Absorption of Light by Small Particles

  • Structures Produced by Ballistic Agglomeration: BA, BAM1, and BAM2 geometries

  • Light-scattering properties of BA, BAM1, and BAM2 clusters studied by Shen, Draine, & Johnson (2009)

  • Radiation Pressure on Fluffy Submicron-Sized Grains (Silsbee & Draine 2016)

  • DDSCAT 7.3 (released 2013.05.26) -- a portable f90 program for computing scattering and absorption by isolated irregular targets, or by 1- or 2-dimensional arrays of irregular targets, illuminated by monochromatic plane waves. DDSCAT 7.3 includes capability for very fast near-field calculations of E and B in and near the target. DDSCAT 7.3 comes with a postprocessing program DDPOSTPROCESS.f90 to assist the user in postprocessing of nearfield E and B computed by DDSCAT. Users of DDSCAT should go to which has available for download the latest version of the code, documentation, and additional information.

  • Interstellar Dust
    • infrared emission from the silicate-graphite-PAH model for interstellar dust (Draine & Li 2007)
    • extinction curves for selected mixtures of carbonaceous and silicate grains (from submm. to X-ray wavelengths)
    • scattering phase functions for selected mixtures of carbonaceous and silicate grains (IR to X-ray energies)
    • optical properties for candidate grain materials (from submm. to X-ray wavelengths):
      • dielectric functions
      • absorption and scattering cross sections for spheres
      • Planck-averaged absorption and radiation pressure cross sections for spheres
    • microwave emission from interstellar grains

  • Common-Resolution Convolution Kernels for Space- and Ground-Based Telescopes> (Aniano, Draine, Gordon, & Sandstrom 2011)

  • Molecular Gas Near Gamma-Ray Bursts
    • Theoretical transmission spectra with absorption lines from vibrationally-excited H2

  • Photodissociation Fronts

  • Interstellar MHD Shock Waves

  • X-Ray Irradiated Gas
  • KINGFISH SPIRE Photometry:

  • Notes for KINGFISH on SPIRE Photometry (pdf) discusses updates to SPIRE Photometry as of 2013 March.

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