Astrophysics Research Interests

Faculty

  • Professor James Stone: Astrophysical gas dynamics; star and planet formation, accretion flows, interstellar gas dynamics. Numerical algorithms for magneto-hydrodynamics and radiation hydrodynamics
  • 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

Current Members

  • 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

  • Jeffrey Fung: Planet formation, protoplanetary disks, debris disks, astrophysical fluid dynamics, numerical methods, GPU computing

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Kento Masuda: Geometric architecture and dynamical evolution of exoplanetary systems, compact objects in stellar binaries, eclipsing binaries, stars and planets in clusters, methods to analyze photometric and spectroscopic data

  • Lia Medeiros: Black holes, the Galactic center black hole Sgr A*, the Event Horizon Telescope, tests of GR, accretion disks, variability of accreting systems, principal components analysis, simulations

  • 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: 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Robert J. Vanderbei: High contrast imaging, the search for exoplanets, stable periodic solutions to the n-body problem, and the stability of Saturn-like ring systems

  • Michael Vogeley: Observational cosmology, cosmic voids, galaxy formation and evolution, active galactic nuclei, statistical analysis of large data sets, time-series analysis

  • 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