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 Brant Robertson: Astrophysics of galaxy formation, cosmic reionization and the formation of the earliest galaxies, dark matter structure formation, computational hydrodynamics, numerical simulation methodologies, deep learning and AI techniques applied to astronomical data sets

  • 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