Laura Beth Chomiuk

Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Location: 3276 Biomed Phys Sci
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Laura is interested in stellar evolution, stellar explosions, and the feedback effects these explosions have on star formation. She studies novae and supernovae at a range of wavelengths, with a particular focus on radio observations, in order to probe the physics of the ejection mechanisms in these explosions, to constrain the circumstellar environments of the exploding stars, and to test models of both the progenitor systems and of the explosions themselves.

# Education:
* 2010: Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison;
* 2006: M.S., Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison;
* 2003: B.A., Astronomy and Physics, Wesleyan University (High Honors in Astronomy)


  • ISP 205L: Visions of the Universe Lab

Selected Publications

  • Expanded Very Large Array Nova Project Observations of the Classical Nova V1723 Aquilae. M. I. Krauss, L. Chomiuk, M. P. Rupen, N. Roy, A. J. Mioduszewski, J. L. Sokoloski, T. Nelson, K. Mukai, M. F. Bode, S. P. S. Eyres, & T. J. O'Brien. 2011, ApJ, 739, L6.
  • Toward a Unification of Star Formation Rate Determinations in the Milky Way and Other Galaxies. L. Chomiuk & M. S. Povich. 2011, AJ, in press.
  • Unveiling Extragalactic Star Formation Using Radio Recombination Lines: An Expanded Very Large Array Pilot Study with NGC 253. A. A. Kepley, L. Chomiuk, K. E. Johnson, W. M. Goss, D. S. Balser & D. J. Pisano. 2011, ApJ, 739, L24.