Physics Professor Fred Adams recently became a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Election to APS Fellowship is recognition by his peers for his outstanding contributions to physics, and is limited to one half per cent of the full APS membership.
He was elected to Fellowship, “For major contributions to the theoretical descriptions of the radiative signature of star formation, circumstellar disks, the initial mass function, exoplanets, and the long term fate of the universe.”
Professor Adams is currently studying theoretical problems related to star formation, planet formation, and the dynamics of extrasolar planetary systems. As one example, he is constructing the distributions of short-lived radioactive nuclei that are delivered to circumstellar disks. These nuclei contribute to both heating and ionization, and thereby affect disk evolution, gas-phase chemistry, and the properties of forming planets.
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