Matthew W. Muterspaugh

Me, third from left, hanging out at Lucasfilm with some students.

Tennessee State University
Center of Excellence in Information Systems
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd.
Box No. 9501
Nashville, TN 37203-3401

Research and Sponsored Projects Building: Room 248
Boswell Hall: Room 140B

Phone: 615-277-1608 (COE), 615-963-5816 (Boswell), 617-956-2753 (Cell)
Fax: 615-277-1614
email: or


Ph.D., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Binary Star Systems and Extrasolar Planets." 2000-2005
B.S., Physics, Indiana University, 1996-2000
B.S., Mathematics, Indiana University, 1996-2000


Tennessee State University, Assistant Professor, 2009-present
University of California, Berkeley, Space Sciences Laboratory: Townes Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006-2008
California Institute of Technology, Department of Geological and Planetary Sciences: Postdoctoral Scholar, 2005-2006


Automatic Spectroscopic Telescope is North America's largest fully robotic telescope (at 2 meters diameter), operating every night to measure high resolution spectra of nearby stars. I serve as the telescope's director and manage its science programs. It is located at Fairborn Observatory in southern Arizona.

Palomar Testbed Interferometer: PTI was a long baseline stellar interferometer for generalized high spatial resolution near-infrared studies and development of new high resolution techniques. Here, collaborators and I developed the PHASES project for studying the positions of stars with unprecedented precisions. Also, see my own page on interferometry basics here, and description of narrow-angle astrometry with an interferometer here.

Externally Dispersed Interferometry: is a new technology for the measuring the velocities with which stars are moving toward or away from us, and whether that varies in time. One of these units has been placed on the 200-inch telescope at Palomar Observatory for use with the TripleSpec infrared spectrograph. We will use this system to find very low mass (earthlike) planets in the habitable zones of low mass stars (M and brown dwarfs).

TATOOINE: (The Attempt To Observe Outer-planets In Non-single-stellar Enviroments), is a search for planets orbiting two stars simultaneously, using the 120” and CAT telescopes at Lick Observatory (with many thanks to the California and Carnegie Extrasolar Planet Search team for allowing us to use their equipment).

As an undergraduate, I participated in research on Particle Accelerators and Non-neutral Plasmas with Dr. Robert E. Pollock


Automated Astronomy Group
Center of Excellence in Information Systems
Fairborn Observatory
My publications list at ADS and astroph

If ever an equation has come into its own it is Einsteins's e=mc². Everyone can rattle it off now, from the highest to the lowest; from the rarefied intellectual height of the science-fiction reader, through nuclear physicists, college students, newspaper reporters, housewives, busboys, all the way down to congressmen.
(I. Asimov)