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Richard Jerousek

Professor of Physics and Astronomy

I received my Master's degree in theoretical/computational physics from the University of Central Florida in 2009. Since then I've been working in the physics department here at Valencia and as a research scientist at the University of Central Florida. Currently, I study planetary rings using measurements of ultra-violet starlight passing through Saturn's rings and into the Cassini orbiter's Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS). Using a technique similar to computed-tomography (CT scans), we study the 3 dimensional structure of the Saturn ring system at scales smaller than the resolution of Cassini's imaging system (~100m). I have published and co-authored several articles on our results in The Astronomical Journal and Icarus.

Phone: 407.582.5666


Office: West Campus

Location: Building 2 Room 231 OR 209 (Physics Lab)

Office Hours:
Mon. 9:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Tues. 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m . - (email only)
Wed. 9:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Thurs. 2:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m . - (email only)
Fri. 10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.

… (or by appointment)

** I am typically in the physics lab (2-209) during my office hours but if you would like to have a private conversation just let me know and we can walk down to my office.

Teaching Philosophy: I strongly believe in the Socratic method and the importance of back-and-forth discussions in order to arrive at exciting conclusions. I often ask questions which reveal the deeper subtleties of the laws of nature. I hope that my students leave my class with a strong understanding of the empirical method and the importance of experiment, observation, and testability. I typically try to cover topics which are on the cutting edge of astrophysics and cosmology research as well as current events. I believe that in this quickly changing field, it is important for students to learn how to interpret data and arrive at their own conclusions while still gaining a sense of respect for the tremendous amount of work and ingenuity required in advanced physics and astronomical research.