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Anthony Moffat

Département de physique
Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128, Succursale Centre-Ville
Montréal, QC
Canada   H3C 3J7
Phone : 514-343-6682
Fax : 514-343-2071
Email: moffat@astro.umontreal.ca
Office : B-422

Research field : Massive stars.

Description of the research project:
Anthony Moffat's research aims to better understand the properties and evolution of massive stars and the key role they play in galaxies' dynamics. Massive stars include all stars whose initial mass is greater than eight times that of the Sun. These stars end their lives after a few million years and become neutron stars or black holes after the explosive phase of supernova. During the explosion, they release heavy-element enriched material into the interstellar medium, ready to form new generations of stars and planets like the Earth. The main objectives of Anthony Moffat's research are: 1) to discover if stellar radiation pressure alone is sufficient to accelerate the extreme winds of pre-supernova stars; 2) to participate in the active use of the BRITE-Constellation (a first for Canada) microsatellite system to study the low-instability properties of a large sample of bright stars; 3) to understand the exact way in which winds accelerate around hot bright-stars and what is the role of instabilities and magnetic fields in this process; 4) to determine the upper mass limit of the most massive stars; 5) to determine the content of Wolf-Rayet stars (WR, the helium-rich descendants of massive stars) throughout our Galaxy; 6) to discover if WR-stars really explode as supernova, leading in some cases to the most energetic phenomenon (although of short duration) in the Universe, gamma-ray bursts.

List of graduate students :
Luca Fabiani (Ph.D.), Guillaume Lenoir-Craig (Ph.D.)

Member of the following committees

    2007-04 : Panel TAC member, RXTE X-ray telescope
    2007-03 : Panel TAC member Hubble Space Telescope
    2006-11 : Panel d'évaluation du télescope X Newton
    2006-01 : Member, FUSE Observers Advisory Committee
    2005-01 : Panel TAC Member, Chandra X-Ray Telescope
    2004-06 : Membre BRITE Nanosat Science Team (PI 2005-)
    2004-03 : Panel TAC Member, Hubble Space Telescope
    2004-01 : Member, Position Search Board, Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
    2003-06 : Panel TAC Member, Newton X-ray Telescope
    2003-03 : Memre, int`l Gemini Obs. Director Review Committee
    2002-05 : Membre, ext. com. for appraisal of Dept. of P&A, UWO
    2002-01 to 2006-12 : Membre, Space Science Advisory Group, CSA
    2000-01 to 2004-12 : Membre, JCSA pour CASCA/CSA, chair 2002/03
    2000-01 : Membre, UVIT Can. Sc. Team
    1999-01 : Shapley lecturer for the AAS
    1998-03 : Panel TAC Member, Chandra X-ray Tel.
    1997-03 : Panel TAC Chair, Hubble Space Tel. (+joint TAC member)
    1997-01 to 2003-12 : Member rep. du Centre OMM pour AURA, USA
    1996-03 : Panle TAC Member, Hubble Space Tel.
    1996-01 : Membre, MOST Science Team
    1995-01 to 1996-12 : Membre, CTAC, CFHT
    1994-01 : Board of Directors, Ap & SpSc
    1993-01 to 1998-12 : Membre, Can. Steering Com., Lyman FUSE
    1992-01 to 1994-12 : Membre, Program Committee, FCAR/Centres
    1990-01 to 1998-12 : Leader, Astronomy Group + FCAR Team, UdeM
    1990-01 to 1994-12 : Directeur, Centre OMM (co-dir. 1995-98)
    1990-01 to 1993-12 : Membre, Advisory Board, HIA, NRC, Canada
    1990-01 to 2006-12 : Membre, Org. Com. of the IAU for Massive Stars
    1989-01 to 1993-12 : Membre, Can. Steering Com. 8m Gemini Telescopes
    1985-01 to 1989-12 : Membre, NSERC grant selection com. for astro. (chair 1988/89)

Recipient of the following awards:

    2001-01: Elected Fellow, Royal Society of Canada
    2000-01: Entry in American Men & Women of Science
    1998-07 to 2000-06: Killam Fellow, Canada Council for the Arts
    1990-01: Entry in Canadian Who`s Who Directory
    1965-01: Gold Medal, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
    1965-01: Silver Medal in physics & mathematics, Victoria College UofT

Public outreach activities :

    • 2007-02-15 : 4 clubs d'astronomie de la couronne nord, 65 astronomes amateurs
    • 2006-02-15 : RASC/Mtl
    • 2006-02-15 : Dawson College, Mtl

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