Ron Wurtz is a staff physicist in the Advanced Detectors Group in Physics Division. He earned his B.A. in Physics from UC Berkeley in 1986 and his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1994. He joined LLNL as a postdoc in the Laboratory for Experimental Astrophysics in 1994.
Dr. Wurtz's astronomical research includes his dissertation on host environments of BL Lacertae objects, as well as work at LLNL on the GRATIS and HEFT balloon-borne gamma-ray telescopes, the fiber-fed Automated Multiobject Spectrometer (AMOS) for the Lick Observatory 3-meter telescope, the Livermore Optical Transient Imaging System (LOTIS), and the Long Wave Infrared Camera (LWIRC) for Keck Observatory. He led the project to build and field the Livermore Visible-band Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer at the Apache Point Observatory 3.5-meter telescope and the Palomar Observatory 5-meter telescope. He is currently working on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project.
In addition to astronomical work, Dr. Wurtz has made contributions to LLNL's capabilities to detect and characterize radioactive and fissile materials by means of gamma-ray imaging detectors, gamma-ray spectrometry, airglow detectors, radiographic imaging, and time correlation of neutrons, gamma-rays, and cosmic rays.