The Catholic University of America

Dr. Thomas G. Moran

Contact Information

Code 682.3
Greenbelt, MD 20771



Fourteen years of experience in Solar Physics research designing and building instruments for solar astronomy, and conducting ground-and space-based solar observations at UV, visible and IR wavelengths

Major Areas of Performance

Electro-optic instrument design and calibration
Ground and space-based astronomy
Multi-spectral imaging
Magnetohydrodynamic and fluid modeling

Employment History

July 2000 to Present
Assistant Professor, Physics Department, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC-Performed multispectral studies of solar emission, at radio, visible and UV wavelengths. Studied coronal mass ejections in three dimensions using the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory/Large Angle Spectrometric Coronagraph.

December 1994 to June 2000
Senior Scientist, APPLIED RESEARCH CORPORATION (ARC), Largo, bought by SPACE APPLICATIONS CORPORATION (SAC), Vienna, VA - Calibration and mission support for the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory/Solar Ultraviolet Measurements of Emitted Radiation UV spectrograph. Developed image distortion correction algorithm and studied coronal UV emission. Planned and assisted with observations using the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. Developed fluid and magnetohydrodynamic solar wind models.

July 1992 to December 1994
National Academy of Science Fellow, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD-Constructed IR photometry instrumentation and conducted solar observations in the mid IR to study magnetic fields.

January 1991 to May 1992
Visiting Scientist, MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Cambridge, MA-Performed spectroscopic measurements on plasma propulsion experiment.

March 1989 to September 1991
Staff Scientist, Cambridge Research and Instrumentation, Inc., Cambridge, MA-Developed and installed first solar electrograph at the National Solar Observatory, Sacramento Peak, NM. Performed solar observation in the near IR at the National Solar Observatory, Kitt Peak Observatory, Az.


Ph.D. Physics, 1989 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
B.S. Physics, 1980 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

Programming Languages

  • Interactive Data Language (IDL)
  • C

Selected Articles in Refereed Journals

Moran, T.G. & Davila, J., 2004, "Three-dimensional polarimetric imaging of coronal mass ejections", Science 305, p. 66

Moran, T.G., 2003, "Test for Alfven wave signatures in a coronal hole", Astrophysical Journal 598, p. 657

Moran, T.G., Deming, D., Jennings, D., &McCabe, G., 2000, "Solar magnetic field studies using the 12 micron emission lines III. Simultaneous measurements at 12 and 1.6 microns", Astrophysical Journal 533, p.1035

Moran, T.G., 1995, "Spectroscopic study of molecular hydrogen processes in a mirror-confined plasma", Physical Review E 51, p. 346