Astrophysics & Gravitation profiles

Niayesh Afshordi

Niayesh Afshordi

Associate Professor

Dr. Afshordi dabbles in Astrophysics, Cosmology, and Physics of gravity and is obsessed with observational hints that could help address problems in fundamental physics.

Michael Balogh

Michael Balogh

Professor; Associate Chair

Professor Balogh's research uses the world’s largest telescopes to study the physical properties of distant galaxies.  Through spectroscopy we can learn about the distances, ages, chemical composition and star formation histories of these galaxies. 

Avery Broderick

Avery Broderick

Associate Professor

​Dr. Broderick works to explain the fundamental physics of black holes and their observable characteristics. Black holes are sites where strong gravity dominates everything, from the dynamics of orbiting material to the shape of spacetime itself.  As a result, they are the engines that power some of the brightest objects in the universe. 

Mike Fich

Michel Fich

Professor

Dr. Fich is an astronomer specializing in studies of star formation, the interstellar medium, and the structure of galaxies. His recent research activities have focused on “small scale” formation studies of low and intermediate mass stars, circumstellar disks, and the formation of proto-solar systems.

Michael Hudson

Michael Hudson

Professor

On sabbatical until August 31, 2018

Broadly speaking, Professor Hudson's research is in observational and theoretical cosmology, particularly Galaxy Formation, and measuring the properties of dark matter and dark energy through Gravitational Lensing, Cosmic Flows and Large-scale Structure.

Robert Mann

Robert Mann

Professor

Professor Mann works on gravitation, quantum physics, and the overlap between these two subjects. He is interested in questions that provide us with information about the foundations of physics, particularly those that could be tested by experiment.  

Brian McNamara

Brian McNamara

Professor; Department Chair; University Research Chair in Astrophysics

Giant black holes weighing upwards of one billion times the mass of the Sun are thought to lurk at the centers of all massive galaxies. Energy released by spin breaking and infalling matter onto such supermassive black holes may be regulating the growth of galaxies and clusters of galaxies. 

James Taylor

James Taylor

Associate Professor; Graduate Officer

Dr. Taylor is using whatever tools he can, including numerical simulations, astrophysical theory and observational data, to try to figure what dark matter is, where it is, and how it behaves. His research includes gravitational lensing and dynamical studies of galaxy clusters, the properties of the smallest galaxies in the local universe, and the theory behind dark matter halos around galaxies and clusters.