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About L. Matthew Haffner

My research has been tailored to explore ionized gas throughout the interstellar medium of our Galaxy using wide-field spectroscopic instrumentation.

Interstellar medium
  • Discovering the interplay between stars and gas, especially feedback processes and their role in the evolution of galaxies.
  • Understanding the global structure of gaseous components in the Milky Way and similar spiral galaxies.
  • Mapping the distribution, kinematics, and physical conditions of the warm ionized medium and diffuse nebulae through optical emission line studies.
  • Exploring the origin, evolution, and structure of intermediate- and high-velocity clouds.

  • Maximizing the scientific impact of wide-field, imaging, and integral-field spectroscopy.
  • Designing observing systems that enable high levels of automation and remote capabilities.
  • Optimizing techniques to reduce large datasets simply and accurately.


Present Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Department of Physical Sciences

Curriculum Vitae

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1998 Ph.D. in Astronomy, University of Wisconsin - Madison
1993 B.A. in Physics and Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University

Astrophysics/Astronomy (6)

Studies of the warm ionized medium of the interstellar medium of the Milky Way and Magellanic Systems.

Research Works (2)

Solar System (4)

Comets, Lunar Sodium, Zodiacal Light

Aeronomy (13)

Predominantly studies of the earth's exosphere through observations of geocoronal hydrogen emission.