Locke Spencer

Canada Research Chair in Experimental Astrophysics

Tier 2 - 2017-11-01
University of Lethbridge
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council


Coming to Canada From

Cardiff University, UK

Research involves

Developing instrumentation technology for experimental astrophysics in the far-infrared region of the universe's spectrum.

Research relevance

This research will improve understanding of the universe’s evolution through the development of astrophysical instrumentation to explore the universe’s far-infrared region.

Imaging the Universe’s Far-infrared Region

More than half of the energy emitted by the universe appears in the far-infrared end of the spectrum, which can only be observed from space. This region of the universe remains relatively unexplored, since the necessary technology and observation techniques to do so are still being developed.

Dr. Locke Spencer, Canada Research Chair in Experimental Astrophysics, is helping develop instrumentation technology and techniques that will greatly improve our ability to observe the far-infrared spectral region.

Spencer is working on instrumentation development and support for current observations, and on the development of observation and data processing techniques for future, large-scale international projects.

Spencer is also coordinating efforts between the experimental astrophysics laboratories in Canada in order to develop a collaborative network for both ground-based and space-based instrumentation and technology.

Spencer’s research will advance our collective understanding of the workings of the far-infrared spectral region of the universe.