Theory Group

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The Theory Group of the Astronomy Department consists of faculty, research scientists, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students working on a broad range of problems in astrophysics and cosmology.

Faculty/Scientists


Michael Boylan-Kolchin

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Dark matter; cosmological structure formation; galaxy formation and dynamics; near-field cosmology; cosmic reionization.

Publications

ADS | astro-ph

Group Areas

Theory, Structure Formation, Milky Way Evolution


Brandon Bozek

Research Fellow

Publications

ADS | astro-ph

Group Areas

Theory


Volker Bromm

Professor

Research Interests

Formation of the first stars and quasars; high-redshift supernovae and metal enrichment; supermassive black hole formation; gamma-ray bursts; reionization of the intergalactic medium; present-day star formation; computational astrophysics.

Publications

ADS | astro-ph

Group Areas

Theory, First Stars & Galaxies, Structure Formation, ISM and Star Formation


Jun-Hwan Choi

Research Affiliate - Research Fellow

Research Interests

Cosmology, Theoretical and Numerical Astrophysics, Galaxy Formation and Evolution.

Publications

ADS | astro-ph

Group Areas

Theory


Thomas Crawford

Visiting Researcher/Scholar

Group Areas

Theory


Pawan Kumar

Professor

Research Interests

Gamma-ray bursts; helioseismology; binary stars; tidal interaction; accretion disks; cosmology.

Publications

ADS | astro-ph

Group Areas

Theory, Asteroseismology, Gamma-ray Bursts, Stellar Tidal Disruption


Milos Milosavljevic

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Formation of stars, galaxies, and massive black holes in the early universe; computational astrophysics; radiation transport; chemical enrichment of the universe; machine learning with astronomical big data.

Publications

ADS | astro-ph

Group Areas

Theory, Gamma-ray Bursts, Supernovae, First Stars & Galaxies, Milky Way Evolution, Black Holes & AGN


Mike Montgomery

Research Scientist

Research Interests

Pulsation and seismology of white dwarf stars, nonlinear light curve modeling, numerical and theoretical studies of convection, evolution of white dwarf stars, constitutive physics of white dwarfs (crystallization, diffusion), Science Director of Whole Earth Telescope.

Publications

ADS | astro-ph

Group Areas

Stars, Compact Objects, Stellar Pulsation, Whole Earth Telescope, Theory, Asteroseismology, White Dwarfs


John Scalo

Professor

Research Interests

Star formation; interstellar medium; turbulence; galaxy evolution; complex systems; astrobiology.

Publications

ADS | astro-ph

Group Areas

Planetary Systems, Atmospheres & Life, Theory, Astrobiology, Planet Formation, ISM and Star Formation, Milky Way Evolution, Star Formation & Protoplanetary Disks


Paul Shapiro

Professor

Research Interests

Theoretical astrophysics: cosmology, galaxy formation, the interstellar medium, the intergalactic medium, interstellar dust grains, astrophysical hydrodynamics.

Publications

ADS | astro-ph

Group Areas

Theory, Clusters of Galaxies, Cosmic Reionization, Early Universe, First Stars & Galaxies, Structure Formation, ISM and Star Formation, Milky Way Evolution


Steven Weinberg

Professor

Research Interests

Theoretical astrophysics and cosmology.

Publications

ADS | astro-ph

Group Areas

Theory, Fundamental Physics


J. Craig Wheeler

Professor

Research Interests

Stellar evolution; supernovae; accretion discs; gamma-ray bursts, astrobiology.

Publications

ADS | astro-ph

Group Areas

Theory, Gamma-ray Bursts, Supernovae, Astrobiology, Milky Way Evolution


Don Winget

Professor

Research Interests

Theory and observation: cosmochronology; evolution of the Milky Way; late stages of stellar evolution; stellar pulsations; white dwarf stars as dark matter detectors; the Whole Earth Telescope.

Publications

ADS | astro-ph

Group Areas

Stars, Compact Objects, Stellar Pulsation, Whole Earth Telescope, Theory, Asteroseismology, White Dwarfs

Postdocs


Shingo Hirano

Research Affiliate - Postdoctoral Fellow

Publications

ADS | astro-ph

Group Areas

Theory

Graduate Students


Alex Fitts

Graduate Student

Group Areas

Extragalactic, Theory


Jason Jaacks

Graduate Student

Publications

ADS | astro-ph

Group Areas

Extragalactic, Theory


Harold Johnson

Graduate Student

Group Areas

Theory


Bohua Li

Graduate Student

Research Interests

Theoretical cosmology: structure formation, reionization, early universe.

Publications

ADS | astro-ph

Group Areas

Theory


Wenbin Lu

Graduate Student

Publications

ADS | astro-ph

Group Areas

Theory, Gamma-ray Bursts, Stellar Tidal Disruption


Brian Mulligan

Graduate Student

Publications

ADS | astro-ph

Group Areas

Theory, Supernovae


Jeremy Ritter

Graduate Student

Research Interests

Computational Cosmology

Publications

ADS | astro-ph

Group Areas

Theory, First Stars & Galaxies


Aaron Smith

Graduate Student

Research Interests

Lyman-α radiative transfer; the cosmic microwave background.

Publications

ADS | astro-ph

Group Areas

Theory


Tsz Ho (Benny) Tsang

Graduate Student

Publications

ADS | astro-ph

Group Areas

Theory, ISM and Star Formation

9 November 2015
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