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David Chuss, PhD - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

David Chuss, PhD David Chuss, PhD

Professor of Physics | Villanova University


David Chuss, PhD, has worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and studies astronomical polarimetry and magnetic fields.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Astrophysical Magnetic Fields


Astronomical Polarimetry

Galactic Center

Star Formation


David Chuss develops instrumentation to study the polarization of long wavelength light from astrophysical phenomenon to learn about the universe. He has worked on projects exploring the cosmic microwave background, which is thermal radiation from the beginning of the universe. Most recently, he led a team that developed a new camera for NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy that measures the polarization of radiation from clouds, which unveils the magnetic fields that can affect the star formation process. Prior to coming to Villanova, Chuss worked as an astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Education (3)

Northwestern University: Ph.D.

The Pennsylvania State University: M.S.

Villanova University: B.S.

Select Accomplishments (4)

Goddard Exceptional Achievement for Science


Goddard Special Act Award (CLASS)


Goddard Special Act Award (PIPER)


NSF Antarctica Service Medal of the United States of America


Select Media Appearances (1)

Searching for a tiny signal from the very beginning of the universe



The air is thin on Cerro Toco Mountain, high up in the Atacama Desert in Chile, and breathing can be a bit of a challenge. But all is forgotten with a look at the stunning night sky. “It’s incredibly beautiful, there’s very little light pollution at all,” says Villanova University astrophysicist David Chuss. “You can see the Milky Way, it’s a very beautiful experience.”

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Select Academic Articles (4)

On-sky Performance of the CLASS Q-band Telescope

The Astrophysical Journal


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A cryogenic thermal source for detector array characterization

Review of Scientific Instruments


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HAWC+/SOFIA Multiwavelength Polarimetric Observations of OMC-1

Cornell University


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HAWC+, the Far-Infrared Camera and Polarimeter for SOFIA

Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation


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