Peter F. Bloser
Research Associate Professor
Astrophysics/Gamma Ray Astronomy
Joint Appointment Department of Physics
Ph.D., Harvard University
Peter Bloser received his A.B. in Astrophysical Sciences from Princeton University in 1994 and his Ph.D. in Astronomy from Harvard University in 2000. After post-doctoral appointments at the Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik in Garching, Germany, and at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, he joined the Space Science Center at the University of New Hampshire as a Research Scientist in 2004. He joined the SSC Research Faculty in 2009.
Dr. Bloser's research interests lie in experimental gamma-ray astronomy and solar physics. He is currently developing advanced scintillator materials, such as LaBr3:Ce, and new readout devices, such as Silicon Photo-Multipliers (SiPMs), for future instruments on both balloon-borne and space-borne experiments. His goal is to develop sensitive detectors and telescopes capable of making unprecedented observations of the high-energy physical processes at work in the Universe. He is especially interested in non-thermal gamma-ray emission from the Sun and from accreting neutron star and black hole binary systems in the Galaxy. He is also investigating experimental methods to measure, for the first time, polarized X-ray and gamma-ray emission from cosmic sources, a fundamentally new kind of measurement.
As there are many similarities between the requirements of space-based astronomy missions and the detection of special nuclear materials (SNM) for Homeland Security applications, Dr. Bloser is interested in applying the lessons learned from developing high-energy astronomy instruments to this important problem as well.