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Randall Smith

Center for Astrophysics
Associate Director, High Energy Astrophysics Division


I'm an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, primarily working in high-energy astrophysics. I am involved with multiple X-ray observatories, most notably the Arcus X-ray Grating Spectroscopy Explorer, and try to maintain a broad perspective regarding science priorities in astrophysics and their impact on mission requirements and capabilities. My research focuses on processes in the interstellar medium and on maintaining an atomic database (AtomDB) that is used throughout the field to model the spectra of hot collisional plasmas.

I was named the Associate Director of the Division of High Energy Astrophysics in January 2021.