Sharon Morsink, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics


Associate Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics

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1991 BSc (Honours Physics) University of Waterloo

1997 PhD (Theoretical Physics) University of Alberta

1997 - 1999 Postdoc, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

1999 - 2005 Assistant Professor, University of Alberta

2005 - 2020 Associate Professor, University of Alberta

2020 - present Professor, University of Alberta


Neutron stars; Relativistic astrophysics


ASTRO 101 - Black Holes

An introduction to the science of black holes and its connection to how black holes are portrayed in popular culture and news. Topics include: properties of light; introduction to gravity, relativity and quantum physics; life cycle of stars; measurements of black hole properties; observed features of black holes interacting with their environment; event horizons, the ergosphere, and singularities; quantum black holes, information, and Hawking radiation; gravitational lensing; gravitational radiation. Prerequisites: Math 30-1. Credit may be obtained for only one of ASTRO 101 or ASTRO 122.

Summer Term 2020 Fall Term 2020
ASTRO 120 - Astronomy of the Solar System

The development of astronomy and astronomical techniques, including results obtained from the latest orbiting observatories. The origin, evolution and nature of the Earth, the other planets and non-planetary bodies will be discussed. Viewing experience will be available using the campus observatory. Prerequisites: Mathematics 30-1 and Physics 30.

Fall Term 2020