Francis J. Lovas
1970-present, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD
1968-1970, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany
Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
B.S. Professional Chemistry, University of Detroit, Detroit, MI
The measurement and assignment of radio frequency, microwave and infra-red spectra of low to high temperature species.
Molecular structure studies of transient species, and van der Waals or hydrogen-bonded complexes and studies of isolated molecules of particular interest to radioastronomy in interstellar and circumstellar clouds. Primary spectroscopic instruments employed are Fourier transform microwave spectrometers using supersonic nozzles and electric discharges.
Gold Medal Award, Department of Commerce, 1977.
George van Biesbroeck Prize from the American Astronomical Society, 1998.
Current research interest:
- Detection and identification of interstellar molecules
- Developing molecular spectra reference data:
- Microwave laboratory studies of interstellar interest in conjunction with the Center for the Chemisty of the Universe at the University of Virgina