Astrophysics Research Interests

Faculty

  • Richard Black Professor Scott Tremaine: Astrophysical dynamics; formation and evolution of planetary systems; galactic structure and evolution; supermassive black holes in galaxies
  • Professor Matias Zaldarriaga: Cosmology -- early universe cosmology, cosmological perturbation theory, cosmic microwave background, large-scale structure, dark matter and dark energy

Visiting Professor

  • Maureen and John Hendricks Visiting Professor Rashid Sunyaev: Theoretical astrophysics, high energy astrophysics and cosmology: including CMB, clusters of galaxies, theory of accretion onto black holes and neutron stars, interaction of matter and radiation under astrophysical conditions, x-ray astronomy

Junior Visiting Professor

  • Dmitri Uzdensky : Theoretical high-energy astrophysics and plasma astrophysics: pulsars, pulsar wind nebulae, accreting black holes and their jets, and astrophysical magnetic reconnection

Current Members

  • Valentin Assassi: Cosmology: inflation, primordial non-Gaussianity, large-scale structure, halo biasing, cosmological perturbation theory
  • Ben Bar-Or: Stellar dynamics, statistical mechanics of stellar systems, galactic nuclei, accretion disks, nearly Keplerian systems, the three body problem, star clusters
  • Timothy Brandt: High-contrast imaging of extrasolar planets; data analysis; statistical inferences; large surveys
  • Liang Dai: Cosmology, inflation, large scale structure, cosmic microwave background, general relativity and gravitational waves, gravitational lensing, dark matter and neutrinos
  • Jean-Baptiste Fouvry: Kinetic theory, self-gravitating systems, galactic dynamics, secular evolution, long-range interactions

  • Vera Gluscevic: Cosmology, cosmic microwave background, dark energy, inflation; direct-detection searches for dark matter; cosmic reionization; primordial magnetic fields
  • Adrian Hamers : Gravitational dynamics — secular evolution of hierarchical systems including multiplanet and multistar systems, and galactic nuclei. Applications to hot Jupiters, compact objects, SNe Ia, tidal disruptions and gravitational wave sources

  • Alexander Kaurov :Reionization, cosmology, early universe and galaxy formation, 21 cm probes; dark matter annihilation; neutron stars

  • Morgan MacLeod: Binary star interactions, common envelope episodes, and the formation of compact (and merging) binaries; stellar dynamics of clusters, especially interactions of compact objects and stars in clusters and tidal disruptions of stars; astronomical transients.

  • Tejaswi Nerella: Cosmology, reionization, 21cm cosmology, dark matter, neutrinos, magnetic fields, gravitational waves, large scale structure, radio astronomy, cosmic microwave background, cosmological perturbation theory, neutron stars, tidal interactions
  • James Owen: Star and planet formation; accretion discs; exoplanets; astrophysical fluid dynamics; radiative transfer and numerical simulations
  • David Radice: Gravitational-wave sources, multi-messenger astronomy, r-process nucleosynthesis; neutron-star mergers, core-collapse supernovae; numerical relativity

  • Roman Rafikov: Theoretical astrophysics, planetary sciences, planet formation, N-body dynamics, astrophysical fluid dynamics, accretion disks, high-energy astrophysics
  • Marcel Schmittfull: Cosmology, large-scale structure, gravitational lensing of the cosmic microwave background; inflation, dark energy, neutrinos; observables beyond the power spectrum
  • Marko Simonović: Inflation, primordial non-Gaussianities, large-scale structure, cosmological perturbation theory, modifications of gravity
  • Amanda Weltman: Cosmology, alternative theories of gravity, early universe theories, dark energy, astrophysical and lab tests of dark energy, FRBs, radio astronomy, high energy physics, quantum gravity, emergence of space, time and physical laws

Visitors

  • Tim Morton: Extrasolar planets; statistical analysis; scientific software development