Stephen J. C. Muchovej


Senior Scientist
California Institute of Technology
Owens Valley Radio Observatory
100 Leighton Lane
Big Pine, CA 93513

email: sjcm(at)
Office phone:    (760) 938-6015
Fax:                 (760) 938-2297

Research Interests

I presently a Senior Scientist at Caltech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO), focusing on radio astronomy. My primary interests consit of studies of the Cosmic Microwave Baground (CMB), clusters of galaxies via their Sunyaev-Zel'dovich (SZ) effect, high-frequency radio source populations, and studies of the Inter-Stellar Medium (ISM) -- in particular to how they relate to foregrounds in the studies of the CMB. I have an overall interest in the techniques of radio astronomy, in particular the development of new single-dish and interferometric radio telescopes.

It is my belief that it is the duty of scientists to share their knowledge with their community. As a result, I am very interested in education and public outreach, and have been an integral part of the outreach efforts taking place at OVRO. It is a shame that children who are naturally inquisitive about the world around them lose that interest at an early age, as a result, most of my outreach activities consist of teaching children in the age bracket from 4-10 years old. In addition, I have developed curricula to teach middle and high-school science classes about the scientific method. For the adults in the community, I also organize public observing nights in one of the least light-polluted areas in the country.

Experiments with which I'm involved

CBASS  (C-Band All Sky Survey)
SZA  (Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Array)
CARMA  (Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy)

Education and Outreach Activities

K-5 education
Lewis Center (Middle/High School)
Public Observing
OVRO outreach


Curriculum Vitae
Publications (Link to ADS)
Ph.D. Thesis