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Dale Gary

Contact Info

Title: Distinguished Professor
Office: 101E Tiernan Hall
Phone: 973-642-7878
Dept: Center for Solar - Terrestrial Research


About Me

Dale Gary, PhD, joined the faculty of New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1997, where he is now professor and chair in the department of physics and director of the Owens Valley Radio Observatory near Big Pine, California. He was principal investigator for a design study for a new radio telescope array called the Frequency Agile Solar Radiotelescope, and has been named Project Scientist for the construction phase of the project.

Gary has been a leader in the use of solar radio data for examining the conditions under which solar radio bursts from distinct solar events can disturb or disrupt entirely cellular telephone signals emanating from cell tower sites. He was involved in the recent discovery that such bursts also cause failures in Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers. His research is essential to understanding and mitigating the conditions under which such deleterious effects of solar events can occur.

Gary is the author of more than 100 articles in scholarly journals. He was previously at Caltech for 15 years as a research associate in astrophysics. 


  • PhD, Astro-Geophysics, University of Colorado
  • BS, Physics, The University of Michigan

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Research Interests

Research funding provided by the National Science Foundation and NASA

Observing Solar Flares

Dr. Dale Gary is leading the design study for the Frequency Agile Solar Radiotelesceope.

A better understanding of the solar flares that can interfere with wireless communications and damage satellites in earth´s orbit is the focus of research by Dale Gary, chair and professor of physics.  A specialist in radio solar physics, he is leading a design study for the Frequency Agile Solar Radiotelescope, a new radio telescope capable of making high-resolution images of the solar corona.  The telescope, which will consist of 100 receiving dishes, will allow scientistis to make direct measurements of the coronal magnetic fields.


Selected Publications

Gary, D. E. & Keller, C. U. 2004, Solar and Space Weather Radiophysics , Astrophysics and Space Science Library, v. 314, Springer, ISBN: 1-4020-2813-X

Gary, D. E., Lanzerotti, L. J., Nita, G. M. & Thomson, D. J. 2004, “Effects of Solar Radio Bursts on Wireless Systems,” in Effects of Space Weather on Technology Infrastructure, (I.A. Daglis, ed.), Kluwer/Springer, 203.

Qiu, J., Liu, C., Gary , D. E., Nita, G. M. & Wang, H. 2004, “Hard X-Ray and Microwave Observations of Microflares,” Astrophysical Journal , 612, 530

Nita, G. M., Gary , D. E. & Lee, J. 2004, “ Statistical Study of Two Years of Solar Flare Radio Spectra Obtained with OVSA,” Astrophysical Journal , 605, 528

Liu, C., Qiu, J., Gary, D. E., Krucker, S. & Wang, H. 2004, “Studies of Microflares in RHESSI Hard X-Ray, BBSO H Alpha and MDI Magnetograms,” Astrophysical Journal , 604, 900

Kaufmann, P., Jean-Pierre Raulin, J.-P., Castro, G. C. G, Levato, H., Gary, D. E., Costa, J. E. R., Marun, A., Pereyra, P., Silva, A. V. R., & Correia, E. 2004, “ A New Solar Burst Spectral Component Emitting in the Terahertz Range Only,” Astrophysical Journal , 603, L121

Qiu, J., Wang, H., Cheng, C. Z. & Gary, D. E. 2004, “ Magnetic Reconnection and Mass Acceleration in Flare - Coronal Mass Ejection Events,” Astrophysical Journal , 604, 900

Qiu, J., Lee, J., & Gary, D. E. 2004, "Impulsive and Gradual Nonthermal Emissions in an X-Class Flare," Astrophysical Journal , 603, 335

Full List of Publications (pdf)