Research

Theory Group

Cosmology

Cosmic Reionization

Early Universe

First Stars & Galaxies

Fundamental Physics

Structure Formation

Extragalactic Astrophysics

Clusters of Galaxies

Theoretical & Computational Astrophysics

Galactic Evolution

ISM and Star Formation

Milky Way Evolution

Planetary Sciences

Astrobiology

Planet Formation

Stellar Astrophysics

Asteroseismology

Gamma-ray Bursts

Neutron Stars & Magnetars

Supernovae

White Dwarfs

Theory Group

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.

Weekly Events:

Research activity and member summary - pdf

Faculty/Scientists

Publications


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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.

Group Areas

Theory, First Stars & Galaxies, Structure Formation, Theoretical & Computational Astrophysics, ISM and Star Formation


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Rob Duncan

Research Fellow

Research Interests

Magnetars (ultra-magnetized neutron stars) and their possible observable consequences for soft gamma repeaters, anomalous X-ray pulsars, gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, cosmic rays, and old galactic neutron stars.

Group Areas

Theory, Neutron Stars & Magnetars


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Pawan Kumar

Professor

Research Interests

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

Group Areas

Theory, Asteroseismology, Gamma-ray Bursts


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Milos Milosavljevic

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Massive black holes; the Galactic center; galaxy formation; galaxy clusters; plasma astrophysics.

Group Areas

Theory, Gamma-ray Bursts, Clusters of Galaxies, Theoretical & Computational Astrophysics, Black Holes & AGN


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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.

Group Areas

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


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John Scalo

Professor

Research Interests

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

Group Areas

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


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Paul Shapiro

Professor

Research Interests

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

Group Areas

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


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Steven Weinberg

Professor

Research Interests

Theoretical astrophysics and cosmology.

Group Areas

Theory, Fundamental Physics


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J. Craig Wheeler

Professor

Research Interests

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

Group Areas

Theory, Supernovae, Astrobiology, Milky Way Evolution


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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.

Group Areas

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

Postdocs

Publications


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Jun-Hwan Choi

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

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

Group Areas

Theory


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Jeff Silverman

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

Supernovae

Group Areas

Theory, Supernovae

Graduate Students

Publications


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Meghann Agarwal

Graduate Student

Group Areas

Theory


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Patrick Crumley

Graduate Student

Group Areas

Theory, Gamma-ray Bursts


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Roberto Hernandez

Graduate Student - Physics

Group Areas

Theory


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Jacob Hummel

Graduate Student

Group Areas

Theory, First Stars & Galaxies


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Jason Jaacks

Graduate Student

Group Areas

Extragalactic, Theory


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Myoungwon Jeon

Graduate Student

Group Areas

Theory, First Stars & Galaxies


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Kevin Jumper

Graduate Student

Group Areas

Stars, Theory, Asteroseismology, White Dwarfs


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Intae Jung

Graduate Student

Group Areas

Extragalactic, Theory


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Bohua Li

Graduate Student

Research Interests

Theoretical cosmology: structure formation, reionization, early universe.

Group Areas

Theory


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Wenbin Lu

Graduate Student

Group Areas

Theory


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Brian Mulligan

Graduate Student

Group Areas

Theory


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Hyunbae Park

Graduate Student

Research Interests

Kinetic Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect on the cosmic microwave background.

Group Areas

Theory


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Jeremy Ritter

Graduate Student

Research Interests

Computational Cosmology

Group Areas

Theory, First Stars & Galaxies, Theoretical & Computational Astrophysics


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Rodolfo Santana

Graduate Student

Group Areas

Theory, Gamma-ray Bursts


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Alan Sluder

Graduate Student

Group Areas

Theory, Astrobiology, Atmospheres & Life


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Aaron Smith

Graduate Student

Research Interests

Lyman-α radiative transfer; the cosmic microwave background.

Group Areas

Theory, Early Universe, First Stars & Galaxies, Structure Formation, Theoretical & Computational Astrophysics


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 |  astro-ph

Tsz Ho (Benny) Tsang

Graduate Student

Group Areas

Theory