David Hough, Ph.D.
- Emeritus Professor , Physics and Astronomy
My teaching interests cover a wide range, from astronomy labs for non-science majors to advanced theory courses for Physics Majors The Astrophysics course I teach for the Astronomy Minor is probably my favorite. I have led or participated in the development of introductory astronomy and physics labs with the help of NSF, Mellon, and other private foundation funding to our department.
My research is in astrophysics, focusing on distant galaxies with powerful cores known as "active galactic nuclei" (AGN). We use arrays of radio telescopes to image AGN at high resolution.
These include two instruments operated by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory: the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) and Very Large Array (VLA). The VLBA and VLA allow us to study the physics of relativistic "jets" that begin near supermassive black holes in AGN, and transport energy to immense "lobes" a million light-years away. A total of 46 Trinity students have participated in this work, which has been funded by NASA, NSF, Research Corporation, and the American Astronomical Society.
I won a national award, the 2014 Astronomical League Award, for “worthwhile contributions to the science of astronomy on a national or international level.”
I have given numerous talks on astronomy and hosted observatory visits for various school and scout groups. I have also assisted with various youth sport and musical activities.