Donald Q. Lamb
Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Enrico Fermi Institute and the College, Director, ASC Flash Center; University of Chicago
Ph.D., Physics, Rochester, 1974
X-ray bursts, gamma-ray bursts, Type Ia supernovae, and galaxy clusters, statistical methods based on Bayesian inference.
Lamb's research has covered a wide range of topics in high-energy astrophysics, including the properties of cold and hot dense matter; the structure and evolution of white dwarfs and neutron stars; X-ray emission from compact stars, especially magnetic white dwarfs; and the physics of radiation transfer in super-strong magnetic fields.
His current interests include gamma-ray bursts, supernovae and galaxy clusters. He is the author of more than 300 papers and the coeditor of several books on theoretical astrophysics. He has made seminal contributions to stellar structure and evolution, especially the structure and evolution of white dwarfs and neutron stars, compact X-ray sources and gamma-ray bursts. He helped found and continues to play a significant role in the ambitious Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Prof. Lamb is Mission Scientist for the High-Energy Transient Explorer (HETE-2); a Swift satellite associate scientist; and Director of the DOE ASC / Alliance Flash Center at the University of Chicago.
His paper from 2000 with Daniel Reichart, "Gamma-Ray Bursts as a Probe of the Very High Redshift Universe" predicted the existence of gamma-ray bursts such as GRB 050904, the topic of NASA's September 12 press teleconference.
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