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Madsen, Chad


Dr. Madsen's areas of expertise include: observational solar astronomy, ultraviolet and near-infrared spectroscopy of the Sun, small-scale energetic phenomena of the solar chromosphere and transition region, physics of partially ionized plasmas, airborne solar eclipse observations, and efficiency modeling of diffraction gratings.


Geographic Focus

Background And Education

Education And Training

  • Ph.D. in Astronomy, Boston University , Dissertation Title - "Waves, Bursts, and Instabilities: A Multi-scale Investigation of Energetic Plasma Processes in the Solar Chromosphere and Transition Region" 2017
  • M.A. in Astronomy, Boston University 2012
  • B.A. in Mathematics, Boston University 2009
  • B.A. in Astronomy & Physics, Boston University 2009

Research And Grants


Selected Publications


Outreach Overview

  • Summer Solar REU Co-director, 2020 - Present

    Summer Solar REU Advisor, 2015 - Present
    Advisor of:
    - Carolyn Wendeln, Michigan State University, 2015
    - Heidi Sager, Brigham Young University - Idaho, 2016
    - Kimberly Belmes, Pacific Lutheran University, 2017
    - Amanda Bacon, Bennington College, 2018
    - Naylynn Tañón Reyes, San Diego Mesa College, 2019
    - Fiona Conneely, University of San Francisco, 2020

    Spanish-language solar eclipse outreach mission with US Department of State in Lima, Peru, 2019

Teaching Overview

  • Teaching Fellow, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA:
    AS101 - The Solar System
    AS202 - Principles of Astronomy I
    AS203 - Principles of Astronomy II

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Mailing Address

  • 60 Garden St.
    MS 58
    Cambridge, MA 02138