American Museum of Natural History  

Ben R. Oppenheimer


Assistant Curator
Division of Physical Sciences
American Museum of Natural History

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Astronomy
Columbia University

Contact Information

Department of Astrophysics
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
voice: +1-212-313-7921
fax: +1-212-769-5007
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Bringing the Lyot Project Coronagraph to the AEOS Telescope atop Maui's Haleakala

Curriculum Vitae and List of Publications

Full Research Paper Listing on ADS

Research Interests

Primarily I am interested in comparative exoplanetary science, the study of planets orbiting stars other than the Sun. This nascent field is so young that we cannot, yet, image exoplanets. Our 600 square foot laboratory in the Rose Center is the birthplace of a number of new astronomical instruments designed to tackle the problem of exoplanet imaging and spectroscopy. In March 2003, we successfully deployed the world's most sensitive coronagraph at the AEOS Telescope in Maui. See for more information.
I also work on faint white dwarfs, the remnants of normal stars, and brown dwarfs, objects like stars that never contained sustained fusion reactions
2003 by Ben R. Oppenheimer. All Rights Reserved.