Another picture (1978)
The next generation

John Simonetti
Professor of Physics
B.S., Stony Brook, 1978
M.S., Cornell, 1982
Ph.D., Cornell, 1985

225 Robeson Hall
Fax: 540-231-7511

Awards and Recognition



  • PHYS 2074 Highlights of Contemporary Physics
  • PHYS 1155 Astronomy Laboratory I
  • PHYS 3655 Intro Astrophysics I


  • PHYS 1156 Astronomy Laboratory II
  • PHYS 3154 Observational Astrophysics
  • PHYS 3656 Intro Astrophysics II
Additional Courses Taught in the Past
  • PHYS 1056 Introduction to Astronomy II
  • PHYS 2206 General Physics II
  • PHYS 2306 Foundations of Physics II
  • PHYS 4674: Introduction to General Relativity
Useful Teaching Links


Eight-meter-wavelength Transient Array (ETA)
A continuous low-frequency radio survey of nearly the entire northern hemisphere with an aim of observing the short pulse of emission (a transient) expected from...

  • exploding primordial black holes
  • gamma ray bursts
  • supernovae
  • compact object mergers
  • some pulsars (the "giant pulses")
Virginia Tech Spectral-Line Survey (VTSS)
Wide-field H-alpha and [SII] imaging of the interstellar medium in the northern hemisphere with application to understanding...
  • the general interstellar medium (warm ionized medium, bubbles, shocks, ...)
  • possible contributions of interstellar free-free emission to anisotropies in the cosmic microwave background
  • the relation between the warm ionized interstellar medium and radio wave scattering


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