Dr. Chuck Higgins

Professor

Dr. Chuck Higgins
615-898-5946
Room 212B, Wiser-Patten Science Hall (WPS)
MTSU Box 471, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

Spring 2019

MW 3:00 – 6:00 pm

WF 10:30 am – 12:00 noon

TR 9:30 am – 12:00 noon 

TR 3:00 – 6:00 pm (or by appt)

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Florida (1996)
  • M.S., University of Florida (1993)
  • B.S., University of Alabama, Huntsville (1988)

Areas of Expertise

Planetary magnetospheres

Solar radio emissions

Radio wave propagation

Biography

Dr. Chuck Higgins grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, and the space program and rumblings of the Apollo engine test firings at the nearby NASA Marshall Space Flight Center captured his interest in astronomy and space. He completed a B.S. degree in physics from the U. of Alabama-Huntsville and received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the U. of Florida where he studied the radio emissions from the planet Jupiter.

He was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at NASA's Goddard Space Fli...

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Dr. Chuck Higgins grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, and the space program and rumblings of the Apollo engine test firings at the nearby NASA Marshall Space Flight Center captured his interest in astronomy and space. He completed a B.S. degree in physics from the U. of Alabama-Huntsville and received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the U. of Florida where he studied the radio emissions from the planet Jupiter.

He was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and is now a professor of physics and astronomy at Middle Tennessee State University. He is the advisor of MTSU’s Astronomy Club and he mentors undergraduate students with their research projects.

Dr. Higgins is a founding member of a NASA-sponsored education project called Radio JOVE with the goal to use radio astronomy to help students, teachers, and the public get involved in science. As part of the NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC), Radio JOVE partners with other education groups and citizen scientists to promote science education. His research is the study of the magnetospheres of Jupiter and the Sun using low frequency radio telescopes, including the Long Wavelength Array (LWA) in Socorro, New Mexico.

He is a frequent hiker in many of the great state parks in Tennessee.

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Publications

Recent Professional Publications  

Higgins, C., Lights Out: Nashville’s Total Solar Eclipse 2017, 372WN Magazine, Next Chapter Publishing, 2017. [non-refereed]  

Higgins, C., The Radio Jove Project and the 2017 Solar Eclipse, ©2017 HamSCI.org, 2017. [non-refereed]  

Higgins, C., T.E. Clarke, K. Imai, M. Imai, F. Reyes, and J. Thieman, Morphology of the Jupiter Io-D decametric radio source, in Planetar...

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Recent Professional Publications  

Higgins, C., Lights Out: Nashville’s Total Solar Eclipse 2017, 372WN Magazine, Next Chapter Publishing, 2017. [non-refereed]  

Higgins, C., The Radio Jove Project and the 2017 Solar Eclipse, ©2017 HamSCI.org, 2017. [non-refereed]  

Higgins, C., T.E. Clarke, K. Imai, M. Imai, F. Reyes, and J. Thieman, Morphology of the Jupiter Io-D decametric radio source, in Planetary Radio Emissions VIII, edited by G. Fischer, G. Mann, M. Panchenko, and P. Zarka, Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, Vienna, 77–88, 2017.  

Clarke, T.E., C. A. Higgins, M. Imai, and K. Imai, Jovian decametric emission with the Long Wavelength Array station 1 (LWA1), in Planetary Radio Emissions VIII, edited by G. Fischer, G. Mann, M. Panchenko, and P. Zarka, Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, Vienna, 31–44, 2017.  

Imai, K., C. A. Higgins, M. Imai, and T.E. Clarke, Jupiter’s Io-C and Io-B decametric emission source morphology from LWA1 data analysis, in Planetary Radio Emissions VIII, edited by G. Fischer, G. Mann, M. Panchenko, and P. Zarka, Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, Vienna, 89–101, 2017.  

Higgins, C., and S. Fung, Radio Jove Citizen Science for the 2017 Solar Eclipse, Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers 2017 Annual Conference Proceedings, 2017.  

Imai, M. A. Lecacheux, T. Clarke, F. C. Higgins, et al., The Beaming Structures of Jupiter’s Decametric Common S-bursts Observed from the LWA1, NDA, and URAN2 Radio Telescopes, The Astrophysical Journal, 826:176, doi:10.3847/0004-637X/826/2/176, 2016.  

Imai, M., A. Lecacheux, M. Moncuquet, F. Bagenal, C. A. Higgins, K. Imai, and J. R. Thieman, Modeling Jovian hectometric attenuation lanes during the Cassini flyby of Jupiter, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 120, 1888–1907, doi:10.1002/2014JA020815, 2015.  

Shipman, J. T., J. D. Wilson, C. A. Higgins, and O. Torres, An Introduction to Physical Science, 14th Ed., Cengage Publishing, Boston, MA, ISBN-13: 978-1-305-07913-7, 2015.  

Clarke, T. E., C. A. Higgins, J. Skarda, K. Imai, M. Imai, F. Reyes, J. Thieman, et al., Probing Jovian decametric emission with the long wavelength array station 1, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 119, doi:10.1002/2014JA020289, 2014.  

Shipman, J. T., J. D. Wilson, and C. A. Higgins, An Introduction to Physical Science, 13th Ed., Cengage Publishing, Boston, MA, 2012.  

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Presentations

Higgins, C., T. E. Clarke, K. Imai, M. Imai, F. Reyes, J. Thieman, LWA1 Observations of Jupiter’s Left-Hand Polarized Decametric Emission, Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets, Colorado, 2018.  

Higgins, C., S. Fung, J. Thieman, and L. Garcia, Radio Jove Citizen Science Partnerships, Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets Conference, Boulder, CO, 2018.

Higgins, C., T. E. Clarke, K. Imai, M. Imai, F. Reyes, J. Thieman Jupiter’s Io-D Decametric Source Morphology Usi...

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Higgins, C., T. E. Clarke, K. Imai, M. Imai, F. Reyes, J. Thieman, LWA1 Observations of Jupiter’s Left-Hand Polarized Decametric Emission, Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets, Colorado, 2018.  

Higgins, C., S. Fung, J. Thieman, and L. Garcia, Radio Jove Citizen Science Partnerships, Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets Conference, Boulder, CO, 2018.

Higgins, C., T. E. Clarke, K. Imai, M. Imai, F. Reyes, J. Thieman Jupiter’s Io-D Decametric Source Morphology Using the Long Wavelength Array Station 1, American Geophysical Union Fall 2016, San Francisco, CA, December 10, 2016.  

Higgins, C., J. Thieman, F. Reyes, D. Typinski, et al., ­Radio Jove: Citizen Science for Jupiter Radio Astronomy, American Geophysical Union Fall 2016, San Francisco, CA, December 10, 2016.         

Higgins, C., T. Clarke, K. Imai, et al., Spectral Characteristics of Jupiter’s Io-D Decametric Radio Source from the LWA1, Planetary Radio Emissions 8, Graz, Austria, 2016.  

Higgins, C., J. Thieman, F. Reyes, D. Typinski, et al., The Radio Jove Project: Citizen Science Radio Astronomy [poster], Planetary Radio Emissions 8 Conference, Graz, Austria, October 21, 2016.  

Higgins, C., T. Clarke, F. Reyes, J. Thieman, M. Imai, and K. Imai, Characteristics of the Jupiter Decameter Io-D Source, Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets, Georgia Tech University, June 1-5, 2015.  

Higgins, C., Studies of Jupiter’s Radio Emission with the Long Wavelength Array, NASA-Goddard Future Exploration Science Working Group, NASA-GSFC, October 23, 2014  

Higgins, C. A., T. Clarke, J. Skarda, et al., Fine Structure in Jovian Decametric Emission using the LWA1, American Astronomical Society Meeting, Washington, DC, 2014.  

Higgins, C. A., et al., Jovian decametric emission observations: New data from the LWA1 and 50 years of older data from the UFRO, Society of Geomagnetism and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences (SGEPSS), Kochi, Japan, 2013.  

Higgins, C. A., T. Clarke, and J. Skarda, Fine Structure in Jovian Decametric Emission using the LWA1, LWA User’s meeting, Washington, DC, 2013.

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