Curriculum Vitae

Dan Bruton
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3044
Physics Research:
Optics & Observational Astronomy
Homepage:
http://www.physics.sfasu.edu/astro
E-mail:
astro@sfasu.edu

Citizenship:
U.S.A.

Born:
September 26, 1967

Educational Degrees:

Bachelor of Science, Physics, December 1988, Stephen F. Austin State University

Master of Science, Physics, August 1990, Stephen F. Austin State University

Ph.D., Physics, August 1996, Texas A&M University

Positions at Texas A&M and Stephen F. Austin:

Research
    Astrometry and Photometry of Minor Planets
    Atmospheric & Ocean Optics Research Group
    Amorphous Metals Laboratory
    X-ray Diffraction Laboratory

Instructor
    Electricity & Magnetism, Scientific Instrument Making, Observational Astronomy, General Physics, Fundamentals of Electronics, Mechanics, Electrical Circuits and Devices, Microprocessing and Interfacing, Advanced Electronics, Modern Physics, and Astronomy

Observatory
    Maintenance of telescopes, equipment and observatory, public tours, teaching observational astronomy

Other Skills:

Major Scientific Instruments
    X-ray Diffraction Apparatus
    Cryostats for measuring low temperature properties of metals
    14-inch Telescope at Texas A&M
    41-inch, 18-inch and 10-inch Computer Controlled Telescopes at SFASU
    Scanning Electron Microscope at Texas A&M
Programming
    Computers : Macintosh, DOS, Windows, VAX, UNIX Workstations
    Languages : BASIC, FORTRAN, LabVIEW, HTML, C
    Software : Author of three public domain education programs available worldwide

Professional Activities:

American Physical Society
Optical Society of America
Association of Amateur Astronomers
Society of Physics Students
Sigma Xi

Publications:

Astrometry and Photometry of Minor Planets
Minor Planet Center Circulars

Unique Temperature profiles for the atmosphere below an observer from sunset images
Applied Optics, 36, 6957-6961, (1997)

Photometry of 68 Herculis
Journal of International Amateur and Professional Photoelectric Photometry, No. 68, (1997)

Anisotropic Transport Properties of the Decagonal Quasicrystal Al70Ni15Co15
Journal of Noncrystalline Solids, 205-207, 17-20, (1996)

Optical Determinations of Atmospheric Temperature Profiles
Dissertation complete at Texas A&M University, 1996

Observations of Jupiter in 1994
The Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Eclipsing Binary Stars: A Simple Model for Computing Light Curves
The Internet Science Journal, ISJ

Jupiter's 'Bruises' Remain Prominent (Figure 4 photographs)
Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Vol. 105, p.109-111, June 1995.

Watching Bea Lyrae Evolve
Journal of International Amateur and Professional Photoelectric Photometry, No. 63, 1996, ISJ

Anisotropic Magnetism and Resistivity of an Al70Ni15Co15 Decagonal Quasicrystal
Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 76 (10), p.6110-6112, 15 November 1994.

The Great Dark Spots of Jupiter (photograph)
Sky & Telescope, p.33, November 1994.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Collision of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter
WWW: http://www.isc.tamu.edu/~astro/sl9.thml and Spectrum: The Journal of the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas, Vol. 46, Issue 2, p.5-9, February 1994.

Wideband Photometry of Titan and Iapetus
Journal of International Amateur and Professional Photoelectric Photometry , No. 56, p.20-22, Summer 1994.

Beta Lyrae Revisited (data contribution)
Sky & Telescope, p.72-74, June 1994.

Saturn in Late 1993
Texas Journal of Science, Vol. 47 (1), p.13-20, February 1995.

Observations of Mars in 1992-93
The Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada , Vol. 88, No. 1, 1994.

Wide Band Photometry of Titan in 1992
Journal of International Amateur and Professional Photoelectric Photometry , No. 51, p.37-40, Spring 1992.

The 1992 Apparition of Uranus (data contribution)
Journal of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers, 1992.

X-ray study of the crystallization process in amorphous (Zr0.64Ni0.36)1-xAlx alloys
Materials Science and Engineering, Vol. 133, p.482-485, 1991.

The structural analysis of metallic glasses using X-ray diffraction data
Master's Thesis completed at Stephen F. Austin State University, August 1990.

The effect of simple metal (Al, Ga) addition on the crystallization and density of amorphous
Zr-Ni alloys, J. Phys.: Condensed Matter, Vol. 2, p.2625-2636, 1990.

Invited Talks:

Use of Atmospheric Refraction to Determine Temperature and Humidity Profiles
Optical Society of America, Portland, Oregon, September 1995

The Collision of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
    1. American Physical Society Meeting, March 1995
    2. University of Texas at Arlington Physics Colloquium, March 1995
    3. Texas A&M Physics Colloquium, April 1994
    4. Stephen F. Austin Physics Seminar, June 1994
    5. KBTX Live TV Interview, July 1994
    6. and many others...

Comet Impact on Jupiter
American Physical Society Meeting, August 1993

Electron Transport Properties in Al-Ni-Co Quasicrystals
American Physical Society Meeting, August 1993

Thermoelectric Power of Manganin
APS Spring Meeting at San Antonio, March 1991

X-ray Study of the Crystallization Process in Amorphous Alloys
APS Fall Meeting at College of the Mainland, November 1990

The Structural Analysis of Metallic Glasses Using X-ray Diffraction Data
SPS Spring Meeting at San Antonio, March 1990


Dan Bruton
astro@sfasu.edu