Frank M. Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics
Dr. Justin R. Crepp is an astrophysicist working in the field of exoplanet detection. His research focuses on the search for gas giant planets and habitable terrestrial worlds that orbit nearby stars other than the Sun. Through his use of the world's largest optical and infrared telescopes, such as the Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona and the twin Keck Telescopes in Hawaii, Dr. Crepp is conducting new types of observations and developing technologies that will improve the sensitivity of ground-based instruments. Justin is the co-discoverer of more than 30 extrasolar planets. He is currently building a precision spectrometer that will detect Earth-like planets orbiting in the habitable zone of the closest and lowest-mass stars in the galaxy: the M-dwarfs.
Prior to working at Notre Dame, Dr. Crepp was a senior postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology. He received a PhD in astronomy from the University of Florida in 2008, and a bachelor's degree in physics from Penn State in 2003.
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This professorship was established with earnings from a gift of the Freimann Charitable Trust, made in honor of Frank Freimann, a pioneer of the electronics industry and former chief executive officer of Magnavox.