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, largescale 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, xray astronomy
Junior Visiting Professor

Junior Visiting Professor Tracy Slatyer: Dark matter, modelbuilding beyond the Standard Model (BSM), astrophysical and cosmological signatures of BSM physics, CMB and 21cm cosmology, gammaray astrophysics, field theory
 Junior Visiting Professor Todd Thompson: Theoretical astrophysics, the mechanism of massive star supernovae, neutron star formation, rprocess nucleosynthesis, magnetars, gammaray bursts, galactic winds, feedback in the interstellar medium, nonthermal emission of starforming galaxies and cosmic rays, fewbody dynamics of stars and compact objects, timedomain surveys
Current Members

Ben BarOr: 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

JeanBaptiste Fouvry: Kinetic theory, selfgravitating systems, galactic dynamics, secular evolution, longrange 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; largescale structure; galaxy clusters; SunyaevZel'dovich Effect; gravitational lensing; foregrounds; primordial nonGaussianity; 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: solarlike 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, largescale 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: Gravitationalwave sources, multimessenger astronomy, rprocess nucleosynthesis; neutronstar mergers, corecollapse supernovae; numerical relativity

Roman Rafikov: Theoretical astrophysics, planetary sciences, planet formation, Nbody dynamics, astrophysical fluid dynamics, accretion disks, highenergy astrophysics

Marcel Schmittfull: Cosmology, largescale 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

YuanSen 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, largescale 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