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Amy Keesee, Ph.D.



Research Assistant Professor
President, West Virginia Chapter of the Association for Women in Science

Department of Physics and Astronomy
White Hall 339
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506

Phone: 304-293-5113



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For my dissertation research, I studied the amount of ionization in a helicon plasma source by measuring the radial neutral argon profile in a helicon plasma source using laser-induced fluorescence, passive emission spectroscopy, and collisional-radiative modeling. Currently, I primarily study the plasma physics of the magnetosphere. I am very involved with supporting women in science and outreach to future scientists through organizations such as the Association for Women in Science.


B.S. in Mathematics from Davidson College, M.S. in physics and Ph.D. in plasma physics from West Virginia University.

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“Ask an Expert” with Professor Alan Bristow

Professor Alan Bristow was featured in the inaugural “Ask an Expert” article in the Fall 2014 edition of WVU Magazine, where he answered questions about the future of photonic devices and the study of physics.

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Siding Spring Comet.  Credit: NASA

WVU Students Track Comet on its Million-year Journey

A comet that began its journey across our solar system more than a million years ago zoomed past Mars on Oct. 19. From Earth, observers in the southern hemisphere had the best vantage points of the icy ball hurtling through space, but its path didn’t escape the watch of West Virginia University students William Armentrout, Brittany Johnstone, and Virginia Cunningham.

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Mysterious Radio Bursts, Sent From Deep Space

Reporting in Science, researchers including WVU physics post-docs Sam Bates and Lina Levin write of discovering four radio bursts from outer space. WVU professors Duncan Lorimer and Maura McLaughlin were on the team that detected the first such explosion in 2007. On NPR’s Science Friday, Dr. Lorimer discusses what could be causing these radio signals, such as evaporating black holes, an idea proposed by Stephen Hawking in the 1970s.

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