Astrophysics Research Interests


  • 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

  • Junior Visiting Professor Tracy Slatyer: Dark matter, model-building beyond the Standard Model (BSM), astrophysical and cosmological signatures of BSM physics, CMB and 21cm cosmology, gamma-ray astrophysics, field theory

  • Junior Visiting Professor Todd Thompson: Theoretical astrophysics, the mechanism of massive star supernovae, neutron star formation, r-process nucleosynthesis, magnetars, gamma-ray bursts, galactic winds, feedback in the interstellar medium, non-thermal emission of star-forming galaxies and cosmic rays, few-body dynamics of stars and compact objects, time-domain surveys

Current Members

  • Ben Bar-Or: Stellar dynamics, statistical mechanics of stellar systems, galactic nuclei, accretion disks, nearly Keplerian systems, the three body problem, star clusters

  • Susan Clark: Magnetic fields, interstellar medium, polarized cosmological foregrounds, magnetohydrodynamics, magnetorotational instability, pattern formation, machine vision

  • Matthew Coleman: Accretion disks, accreting white dwarfs, astrophysical fluid dynamics, boundary layers, convection, dynamos, radiative transfer and numerical simulations

  • 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

  • Victor Gorbenko: Theoretical cosmology: models of inflation, quantum field theory in de Sitter space, effective field theories; search for new physics with gravitational wave observatories

  • 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

  • J. Colin Hill: Cosmology: cosmic microwave background; large-scale structure; galaxy clusters; Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Effect; gravitational lensing; foregrounds; primordial non-Gaussianity; galaxy formation and feedback

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

  • Jing Luan: Orbital dynamics: mean motion resonance, secular resonance; dynamic tides: resonance locking; Asteroseismology: solar-like oscillations, nonlinear modal coupling; planetary interiors: Jupiter, Saturn, Enceladus, Europa, etc.

  • Jordi Miralda Escudé (arriving October 29, 2018): Intergalactic medium, reionization, gravitational lensing, dark matter candidates, large-scale structure, galaxy formation, and dynamics in galactic nuclei

  • Ryan Miranda: Accretion disks, planet formation, astrophysical fluid dynamics, numerical simulations, exoplanets

  • Elena Murchikova: Milky Way's Galactic Centre black hole Sagittarius A*; black hole accretion; accretion disks; ALMA; neutron stars and chiral fluids

  • Tejaswi Nerella (on academic leave 9/21/18 -   ): 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

  • William Newman: Astrophysical dynamics; evolution of planetary systems; relativistic magnetohydrodynamics in astrophysical plasmas; computational and statistical methods in applications to astrophysics; stochastic processes and clustering phenomena with possible applications to cosmology

  • 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

  • Frederik Simons (arriving Fall 2018) (T1): Seismic, mechanical, thermal, and magnetic properties of planetary lithospheres. Development of oceanic instrumentation for global seismic tomography. Theoretical and computational inverse methods and statistical techniques for geophysics, with applications to cosmology

  • Yuan-Sen Ting: Formation and evolution of the Milky Way; chemical tagging; near field cosmology; machine learning; stellar atmosphere and spectra; stellar populations; stellar binaries; star cluster dynamics; galaxy formation and evolution; galaxy interaction and mergers; microlensing; exoplanets

  • Benjamin Wallisch: Cosmology – cosmic microwave background, large-scale structure, neutrinos and other light relics, cosmological signatures of physics beyond the Standard Model, inflation

  • Barak Zackay: Applications of algorithms, statistics and signal processing in observational astronomy, particularly in searching for optical transients, fast radio bursts, pulsars, gravitational waves and exoplanets; anything that relates to pulsars, fast radio bursts, planets and gravitational waves