Noel Richardson

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Physics and Astronomy Department
College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

My research area is broad interest in the physics of the most massive stars that end their lives in supernova explosions. Most of these stars are binary systems (two stars going around each other), and often interact with each other. I am interested in the processes in which these stars interact and affect each other's evolution, as well as how their strong winds send material into space. To study these phenomena, I use telescopes across the globe and in space to observe these stars from the ultraviolet to the infrared with techniques including measuring changes in stellar brightness, stellar spectroscopy, and long-baseline interferometry. 
Noel Richardson

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Astronomy, Georgia State University
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Physics, Georgia State University
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Physics, University of Toledo
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, University of Toledo
  • B.A. - Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy, University of Toledo

Publications with ERAU students (students in italics):

  • Pickett, Richardson, Gull, Hillier, Hartman, Ibrahim, Lane, Strawn, et al. "Changes in the Na D1 Absorption Components of eta Carinae Provide Clues on the Location of the Dissipating Central Occulter", The Astrophysical Journal, in press.
  • Peatt & Richardson, "Optical Photometry of WR140 as the Dust Formed During the 2016 Periastron Passage", 2022, Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society, 6, 20
  • Elliott, Richardson, et al. (including Ibrahim), "Five years of BRITE-Constellation photometry of the luminous blue variable P Cygni: properties of the stochastic low-frequency variability", 2022, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 509, 4246
  • Richardson, et al. (including Daly and Lane), "Outbursts and stellar properties of the classical Be star HD 6226", 2021, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 508, 2002
  • Richardson, Lee, et al. "The First Dynamical Mass Determination of a Nitrogen-rich Wolf-Rayet Star Using a Combined Visual and Spectroscopic Orbit", 2021, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 908, 3

American Astronomical Society

International Astronomical Union