Name: Anthony James Weitenbeck

CONTACT INFO: Home: 66 S. Oakbridge Ct #107, Madison WI 53717-2037
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Case Western Reserve University, PhD, astronomy
Marquette University, MS, physics
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, BA, physics


Univ of Wis College-Baraboo/Sauk, 1999-2004; teaching intro physics & astronomy

University of Wisconsin, Space Astronomy Lab, 1993-1997; Assistant Scientist, Wis UV Photopolarimeter project; polarimetric data analysis, and guest investigator support; Physics Dept, Faculty Asst, 1998, teaching labs & discussions; Astronomy Dept, 1998, analyze WFPC data; 1999, taught a large intro astronomy lecture.

St Cloud State University; Assistant Professor, 1984-90 (leave replacement & fixed term appointments); taught introductory and advanced physics and astronomy.

Defense Mapping Agency Aerospace Center, St Louis, MO; 1982-84, Geodesist, satellite geodesy.

University of Wisconsin - River Falls; Visiting Assistant Professor, 1980-81 (replacement appointment); taught introductory and advanced astronomy, and introductory physics.

St Cloud State University; Assistant Professor, 1978-80 (leave replacement appointment); taught introductory astronomy and physics.

SUNY - Geneseo; Instructor 1977-78 (leave replacement appointment); taught introductory and advanced astronomy.

Lakeland Community College, Mentor, OH and Cuyahoga Community College West Campus, Parma, OH; part time faculty, 1976-77; taught introductory physics and astronomy.

MEMBER: American Astronomical Society; Anerican Association of Physics Teachers


Astronomy: As a grad student I first did spectroscopic research; the largest project was assisting in observing over 200 Be stars at Halpha. Then I became involved in building, testing, and observing with a polarimeter. I observed sources with possible intrinsic polarization, and made preliminary thesis observations. The actual thesis observations were made at KPNO. Previously published work had yielded values of fractions of a parsec for the upper limit of the microscale of fluctuation in the polarizing properties of the interstellar medium. I observed more than 30 wide, bright, distant physical double stars. If differences in polarization between stars in pairs were found, a direct estimate of the microscale could be made; if not found, a lower limit could be estimated. From my data I placed a lower limit of 10000 AU (.05 pc) on the microscale. The limit cannot be placed much higher since only about one third of the pairs had separations larger than this, and because of possible cases of differences in polarization for very wide pairs. I have continued to make observations of doubles.

As a member of the Wisconsin Ultraviolet Photopolarimeter Experiment (WUPPE) team I have participated in planning for the mission, running the mission while on orbit, making related observations with the UW ground equipment, and analyzing the data. I have worked mostly in the area of interstellar medium polarization, and on targets which WUPPE observed because the other ASTRO-2 instruments observed them. I have also made observations of other nonWUPPE ISM polarization objects.

I reanalyzed a WFPC polarimetric observation of NGC 1068.

Physics: For my physics master's thesis I wrote a Fortran program to calculate the Coulomb energy of deformed nuclei using numerically tabulated wavefunctions. I found that for some nuclei the Coulomb energy increases by as much as several Mev with increasing deformation, before finally decreasing.

Geodesy: At DMAAC I worked as a member of large satellite geodesy projects. I chiefly did satellite attitude. This work required writing and maintaining Fortran programs. I also was responsible for maintaining a star catalog for geodetic work.

Computer experience: I have done Fortran programming on several different systems, I have used UNIX based SGI workstations at UW, I have used a couple of different model PCs (mostly for word processing), and have done some html programming.


The Microscale of the Interstellar Medium from Polarimetry of Double Stars. PhD thesis, astronomy, Case Western Reserve U, 1976

Coulomb Energy and the Double Hump Potential. MS thesis, physics, Marquette U, 1971

Papers reporting WUPPE results with me as first author:
UV Spectropolarimetry of MKN421, Bull Amer Astron Soc 27, 1209, 1995
WUPPE Observation of 3C273, Bull Amer Astron Soc 27, 1410, 1995
WUPPE Observations of LMC Stars, Bull Amer Astron Soc 28, 914, 1996
UV ISM Polarization of Galactic Starlight II. More Observations by WUPPE, BAAS 37, 490 2005

Numerous other WUPPE poster papers have been given, and several other papers discussing WUPPE results have appeared in print, are in press, have been submitted, or are in preparation, with me among the (often alphabetized) authors.
The first paper on ISM polarization is Astron J, 112, 2726, 1996; Mars: AJ 113, 1152, 1997; Io: AJ 113, 1158; novae: AJ 113, 2200; the Moon: MNRAS, 298, 303, 1998; HD50138: ApJ 509, 904; HR4049: MNRAS 306, 531, 1999; P Cygni: ASP Conf Proc 233, 261, 2001.

Cross Identifications in the Region of Cluster NGC 1502, AJ 114, 222 1997

ISM Polarization toward NGC1502 (first author), Acta Astr 58, 41 2008

Interstellar Polarization in the Direction of NGC1502 (first author), in Polarimetry of the Interstellar Medium, ASP Conf Ser, 97, 183, 1996

Stars with ISM Polarization Observed with HPOL, Acta Astr 49, 59 1999
Stars with ISM Polarization Observed with HPOL II, Acta Astr 54, 87 2004
Stars with ISM Polarization Observed with HPOL III, Acta Astr 58, 433 2008

Interstellar Polarization toward MKN421, Astr Nachr 324, No 5, 489 2003

Some Low Polarization B Stars, (first author), PASP 110, 917 1998

WFPC Polarimetry of NGC1068 on 01/05/92 Revisited (first author), BAAS 31, 1244 1999 [See or]

Some Polarimetry I Have Done at University of Wisconsin; in The Kth Reunion , pg 99 2000 (L. Davis Press)

Spectropolarimetry of 68 Oph (first author), Bull Amer Astron Soc 26, 910, 1994

A Survey of Halpha in the Brighter, Northern Be Stars (second author), in Be and Shell Stars, IAU Symposium 70, 29, 1976

An Astronomical Illustration of the Zeeman Effect, Physics Teacher, 28, 511, 1990

Angular Momentum Conservation in Double Star Orbits: A Laboratory Exercise, American Journal of Physics 56, 309, 1988
More Useful Double Star Orbits, AAPT Announcer, vol 20, No 2, 51, 1990
More Useful Double Star Orbits II, AAPT Announcer, vol 33, No 2, 121, 2003

HPOL Spectra for Classroom Use, Bull Amer Astron Soc 40, 238 2008

An Astronomical Laboratory Exercise using Relativity Theory: 3C295 (first author), Bull Amer Astron Soc 17, 395, 1985

Jupiter and Its Moons, The Science Teacher, Vol 58, No 1, pg 64, Jan 91. (first author) (Written with two students.)

Three 'Great Ideas for Teaching ...' (West Publishing) contributions:
A Visual Double Star Orbit. Great Ideas for Teaching Astronomy, pg 69, 1989
Three in One Timesaver. Great Ideas for Teaching Physics, pg 12, 1991
The Scale of the Local Group. Great Ideas for Teaching Astronomy Second Edition pg 93, 1994

Other research results were reported in International Astronomical Union Circulars 2342, 2345, 2415 and 2792