Douglas Hamilton's Astronomy Department Home Page
Room: PSC 1153
Phone: (301) 405-1548
Doug Hamilton's research interests focus on planetary satellites and rings, the origin and evolution of the Solar System, and the dynamical interactions of compact objects in star clusters. Hamilton applies a combination of analytical and numerical techniques to his research problems. He actively collaborates with spacecraft mission scientists and observers with access to the latest planetary data. He has developed and continues to maintain and employ sophisticated orbital integration codes that incorporate a host of gravitational and non-gravitational forces. Recent topics of particular interest include the discovery of two Pluto moons Kerberos in 2011 and Styx in 2012, the discovery of Saturn's largest ring in 2009, the origin and evolution of giant planet satellite systems, and the orbital dynamics of planetary ring systems. Hamilton is the lead author of the Astronomy Workshop, a collection of interactive tools for use by Astronomy students and the general public. For more information, please visit Doug Hamilton's Personal Home Page.