Principal Investigator – Patricia C. Hynes, Director of the New Mexico NASA EPSCoR Program and Director of New Mexico Space Grant Consortium.
Co-Investigator, Thomas Duvall, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Stanford University
Co-Investigator, Bernard McNamara, Department of Astronomy, NMSU
Co-Investigator, Joyce Guzik, Department of Energy, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Co-Investigator, Harjit Ahluwalia, Physics Astronomy Department, UNM
Co-Investigator, K. Balasubramaniam, National Solar Observatory, Air Force Research Laboratory
Co-Investigator, Han Uitenbroek, National Solar Observatory, Air Force Research Laboratory
Co-Investigator, Jason Jackiewicz, Department of Astronomy, NMSU
The objective of the proposal is to build the infrastructure needed for New Mexico to become nationally competitive for funding in the field of solar and stellar seismology. These are two of the fastest growing research areas of astrophysics because they provide essential information about the structure of the Sun and other stars that has never before been available. The importance of these research areas is reflected in the number of major current and future NASA space missions devoted to them. These include the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), and the Kepler mission. This NASA EPSCoR proposal leverages the scientific talent within the state by forming a partnership between scientists at New Mexico State University, the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the National Solar Observatory, and the Air Force Research Laboratory Center for Excellence in Space Weather. Our NASA center partner is the Goddard Space Flight Center.