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Photo of Jim Cordes JIM CORDES

Jim Cordes earned a Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego and is now Professor of Astronomy and Director of Graduate Studies at Cornell University. His research interests include radio astronomy, neutron stars, pulsars, the interstellar medium, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, signal processing techniques, statistical inference and topics in computer science.

He regularly makes observations using radio telescopes in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, the Very Large Array in New Mexico, the Parkes telescope in Australia, and the Very Long Baseline Array, headquartered in New Mexico. Cordes also makes infrared and optical observations using the Hale Telescope at Palomar and has taken part in joint radio and gamma-ray observations using the Compton Gamma-ray Observatory and expects to make ample use of the X-ray Timing Explorer. Currently he is directing searches for radio pulsars using the upgraded Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico and he is analyzing the surveys to study populations of Galactic neutron stars using Bayesian inference techniques.

Selected Publications:

Cordes, J. M., R. W. Romani, and S. C. Lundgren. "The Guitar Nebula: A Bow Shock from a Slow-Spin, High-Velocity Neutron Star." Nature 362, 133 (1993).

Taylor, J. H., and J. M. Cordes. "Pulsar Distances and the Galactic Distribution of Free Electrons." Ap. J. 411, 674 (1993).

Lazio, T. J. W., and J. M. Cordes. "Pulsars, Planets, and Genetics." Mercury 24, 23, 26 (1995).

A. F. Zepka, J. M. Cordes, I. Wasserman, and S. C. Lundgren. "Discovery of Three Radio Pulsars from an X-ray Selected Sample." Ap. J., in press (1995).

Cordes, J. M., T. J. W. Lazio, and C. Sagan. "Scintillation Induced Intermittency in SETI." Ap. J., submitted (1995).

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