Bruce T. Draine
Professor, Department of Astrophysical Sciences
108 Peyton Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544-1001
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I am happy to acknowledge research support over the years from the
National Science Foundation
and NASA (NAG5-10811).
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curricum vitae and list of publications (pdf)
will tell you more than you want to know about my professional activities.
Some Recent Presentations:
- The Continuing Mystery of the Anomalous Microwave Emission ESTEC, 2016 June 22
- Quantum Suppression of Alignment in Spinning Nanoparticles ESTEC, 2016 June 22
- Physical Models for Diffuse ISM Dust in the Light of Planck (pdf) IAU GA Focus Meeting 5, Hawaii, 2015 Aug. 12
- Interstellar Dust: New Views after Spitzer, Herschel, and Planck (pdf) IAU GA Division H meeting, Hawaii, 2015 Aug. 7
- Some Questions for Lab Astro (pdf) AAS Meeting, Boston, 2014 June.
- AST 403/Physics 402: Stars and Star Formation (Spring 2017).
- AST 517: Diffuse Matter in Space (Spring 2019). The
astrophysics of interstellar matter, including gas, dust, plasma,
energetic particles, magnetic field, and electromagnetic radiation
in interstellar space. more information...
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 http://www.ddscat.org
which has available for download the latest version of the code, documentation, and additional information.
Common-Resolution Convolution Kernels for Space- and Ground-Based Telescopes> (Aniano, Draine, Gordon, & Sandstrom 2011)
Molecular Gas Near Gamma-Ray Bursts
- 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
- microwave emission from interstellar grains
Interstellar MHD Shock Waves
X-Ray Irradiated Gas
- Theoretical transmission spectra with absorption lines from