About Dr. Vaughan

Charles Vaughan graduated from Mississippi State University in 2015 with a Ph.D. in Applied Physics.  His primary research area involves studying volatile gases and radicals released from comets.  Specifically, his dissertation focuses on the gaseous coma of comet Hartley 2, a small yet highly active and complex comet in our solar system.  He also has a strong interest in electronics, antenna design, and remote sensing.  He co-founded a startup company in Starkville, MS to develop sensor technologies promoting hunter safety and asset locating.

Dr. Vaughan worked as a lab instructor, lab coordinator, and physics inventory manager at MSU for several years while progressing towards degree completion.  He originally came to MSMS in 2013 as part of the INSPIRE fellowship at MSU, in which he taught alongside other MSMS faculty as a “scientist in the classroom” to enhance laboratory activities in the physics curriculum.  He officially joined the MSMS faculty in 2015.

Education

Ph.D. in Engineering (Applied Physics)
Dissertation Title: Jet Morphology and Coma Analysis of Comet 103P/Hartley 2
Mississippi State University, May 2015

M.S. in Physics
Mississippi State University, May 2012

B.S. in Physics
Mississippi State University, May 2008

Professional Items

  • American Physical Society, 2013 – Present
  • American Astronomical Society (Division for Planetary Sciences), 2012 – Present
  • National Science Foundation Fellow, 2012 – 2014

Academic Publications

  • Pierce, D.; Lewis, B.; Vaughan, C.; & Cochran, A. 2014. “Spectroscopic Investigations of the Chemical Composition and Coma Morphology of Comets” pres. at American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco, CA, December 2014.
  • Vaughan, C.; Pierce, D.; & Cochran, A. 2014. “Jet Morphology and Coma Analysis of 103P/Hartley 2 : Temporal Evolution and Interspecies Comparisons” pres. at Division of Planetary Sciences conference in Tucson, AZ, November 2014. Bull. Am. Astron. Soc., 46, 209.28.
  • Lewis, B.; Pierce, D.; Cochran, A.; & Vaughan, C. 2014. “Using an Integral-field Unit Spectrograph to Study Radical Species in Cometary Coma” pres. at Division of Planetary Sciences conference in Tucson, AZ, November 2014. Bull. Am. Astron. Soc., 46, 209.34.
  • Vaughan, C.; Pierce, D.; Dorman, G.; & Cochran, A. 2012. “Jet Morphology and Coma Analysis of 103P/Hartley 2” pres. at Division of Planetary Sciences conference in Reno, NV, October 2012. Bull. Am. Astron. Soc., 44, 313.01.
  • Cochran, A. L.; Pierce, D. M.; & Vaughan, C. M. “Mapping the Coma of Comet 103P/Hartley 2 with an Integral Field Spectrograph at McDonald Observatory”, pres. at Asteroids, Comets, Meteors in Niigata, Japan, May 16 - 20, 2012.
  • Pierce, D.; Dorman, G.; Vaughan, C.; & Cochran, A. 2011. “A New-Generation Vectorial Model for Asymmetric Cometary Comae” pres. at American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco, CA, December 2011.
  • Vaughan, C. M.; McCown, J. P.; Rogers, D. M.; & Waggoner, C. A. “Evaluation of Variables Affecting Spatial Resolution for Mobilized Gamma Detection” pres. at Waste Management Symposium in Phoenix, AZ, 2010.

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