DeRoo Group News

Spectrum of a black hole, taken with the Chandra X-ray Observatory

DeRoo Awarded NASA APRA Grant to Study Customized X-ray Gratings

Prof. DeRoo awarded a NASA APRA grant for the study of curved X-ray gratings.
Diffraction grating with a 1 micron pitch, made by Cecilia Fasano

Fasano Wins NASA FINESST Fellowship

Cecilia Fasano receives a Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) award funding her research in the fabrication and testing of astronomical gratings.
An X-ray and optical image of J0541.8-6659

Jeff Leiberton Wins Van Allen Grant

Jeff Leiberton wins a Van Allen Research Grant to study supernova remnants in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
Galaxy with X-ray grating overlaid

DeRoo Group Using AI to Identify Astronomical Outliers

In an article published in the March 2021 Iowa Magazine, the DeRoo Group was noted as one of several researchers using artificial intelligence to drive discovery. The University of Iowa team is teaching computers to categorize celestial objects on their own, then flag for further examination the phenomena that don't fit into neat categories.
Dustin Swarm Examining a Kohonen Map

Dustin Swarm Named ISGC Graduate Fellow

Dustin Swarm was named an Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) Graduate Research Fellow for 2019 - 2020
Jared Termini Measuring a Grating with an Interferometer

Astrobites Features Termini's Work on Grating Interferometry

Jared Termini has guest-authored an article for the Astrobites blog, the astro-ph "Reader's Digest."
Jared Termini

Jared Termini Receives ISGC Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Jared Termini received an Iowa Space Grant Consortium's Undergraduate Research Fellowship. His fellowship project will characterize groove patterning accuracy of electron-beam lithography, a highly customizable lithography technique which rasters a beam of accelerated electrons across resist to form a pattern.
Mosaic of High Diffraction Orders from an X-ray Grating

Testing the Spectral Resolution of X-ray Gratings

Prof. DeRoo recently reported the results of testing a prototype X-ray reflection grating at the PANTER X-ray Test Facility in Garching, Germany.
SPIE dustin swarm

Presenations at 2019 SPIE Optics & Photonics Conference

Prof. DeRoo and graduate student Dustin Swarm presented work at the 2019 SPIE Optics & Photonics Conference.
AXRO Front Surface

Adjustable X-ray Optics Paper Published

Congratulations to Mr. Nathan Bishop, Dr. Julian Walker, and Prof. Casey DeRoo on their recent publication in the Journal for Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (JATIS)! The paper covers a study performed to control the optical figure of a thin (0.4 mm), adjustable X-ray mirror.


We are always looking for motivated and hard-working undergraduate & graduate students to participate in our research!

Please contact if interested.