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Professor of Physics

Physics and Astrophysics Bldg., Rm. 215, Physics Dept., Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305

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Bruce Macintosh's research focusses on the study of extrasolar planets, in particular the study of such planets through direct imaging, and on using adaptive optics to shape the wavefronts of light for a variety of applications.  Direct imaging of extrasolar planets involves blocking, suppressing, and subtracting the light of the bright parent star so that a planet hundreds of thousands of times fainter can be seen and studied in detail.  Prof. Macintosh is the Principal Investigator of the Gemini Planet Imager http://planetimager.org/ ,an advanced adaptive optics planet-finder for the Gemini South telescope. 


  • PhD, UCLA, 1994
  • Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 1994-1997
  • Physicist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 1997-2013
  • Professor of Physics, Stanford University, 9/1/2013


  • 2011 Elected Fellow of the SPIE
  • 2010 Newcomb Cleveland Prize from the American Assoc. for Advancement of Science