Western University Physics adn AstronomyWestern Science

Martin Houde, Professor and Canada Research Chair

Martin Houde

Contact Information

Office: PAB 207
Tel: 519 661-2111 ext 86711
E-mail: mhoude2 [at] uwo [dot] ca 

Personal web page

Research Areas

Astrophysical Processes
Star Formation

Research Interests

I am an astrophysicist who is mostly concerned with understanding the basic physical processes involved in the formation of stars. The areas of research I cover lean strongly towards observational studies, and the development of new generations of instrumentation that allow for the discovery of important results that bring us closer to a more complete picture of the star formation process. My work, however, either past or current, is not limited to simple presentations of observational data, but often leads to important new physical interpretations and models that significantly contribute to our understanding of star formation. 


  1. Non-Zeeman Circular Polarization of CO Rotational Lines in SNR IC 443, Hezareh, T., Wiesemeyer, H., Houde, M., Gusdorf, A., Siringo, G. 2013, A&A, submitted
  2. Characterizing Magnetized Turbulence in M51, Houde, M., Fletcher, A., Beck, R., Hildebrand, R. H., Vaillancourt, J. E., and Stil, J. 2013, ApJ, 766, 49
  3. Non-Zeeman Circular Polarization of Molecular Rotational Spectral Lines, Houde, M., Hezareh, T., Jones, S., and Rajabi, F. 2013, ApJ, 764, 24
  4. Ambipolar Diffusion and Turbulent Magnetic Fields in Molecular Clouds, Houde, M., Hezareh, T., Li, H., and Phillips, T. G. 2011, Modern Physics Letters A, vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 235-249 (invited review) 

[Complete Publications List]


Physics 1501: Enriched Introductory Physics I
Physics 2102:  Introduction to Modern Physics
Physics 350a/Applied Maths 353a: Classical Mechanics I

Astronomy 9603: Star Formation
Astronomy 9701a/Physics 9524a: Molecular Symmetry and Spectroscopy
Astronomy 9620b/Physics 9302b: Classical Electrodynamics


  • 2010–2015, Renewal of Canada Research Chair, Tier II, in Star Formation
  • 2008–2013, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Research Award
  • 2005–2010, Canada Research Chair, Tier II, in Star Formation

Professional Activities

  • Canadian Atacama Telescope Consortium (CATC) co-Director and Western’s representative. 
  • HAWC+ polarimeter for SOFIA science team member.