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Astronomy & Astrophysics faculty pursue cutting-edge research at all scales of the Universe through instrumentation, observation, simulation, and theory. The A&A departmental faculty are included in the list below.

Physics faculty that are active in the area of astrophysical research are Associate Professor Dan Green, Associate Professor Raphael Flaugher, Distinguished Professor George Fuller, Professor Brian Keating, and Associate Professor Tongyan Lin.

  • Kam Arnold

    Kam Arnold

    Associate Professor Kam Arnold develops technology for the next generation of detectors and telescopes to measure the intensity and polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background.


  • Steven Boggs

    Steven Boggs

    Professor Steven Boggs is an experimental astrophysicist specializing in the development of novel instrumentation and techniques to study nuclear astrophysics, particle astrophysics, and compact objects.


  • Adam Burgasser

    Adam Burgasser

    Professor Adam Burgasser applies observational techniques to discovering and characterizing the lowest-mass stars, brown dwarfs, and extrasolar planets.


  • Alison Coil

    Alison Coil

    Professor Alison Coil is an observational astrophysicist that specializes in understanding galaxy formation and evolution. Professor Coil is the Chair of the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics.


  • Patrick Diamond

    Patrick Diamond

  • Dusan Keres

    Dusan Keres

    Professor Dusan Keres is a theoretical astrophysicist that specializes in using advanced simulations to understand galaxy formation and evolution.


  • Quinn Konopacky

    Quinn Konopacky

    Associate Professor Quinn Konopacky uses high resolution techniques on large ground based telescopes to study star and planet formation and evolution.


  • Michael Norman

    Michael Norman

  • Karin Sandstrom

    Karin Sandstrom

  • Chris Theissen

    Chris Theissen

    Assistant Professor Theissen explores the habitability of planets around the smallest stars by combining large survey datasets and machine learning methods to examine stellar and exoplanet demographics.


  • David Tytler

    David Tytler

  • Shelley Wright

    Shelley Wright

    Professor Shelley Wright is an experimental and observational astrophysicist that specializes in optical and infrared instrumentation, galaxy formation and evolution, and technosignatures.


Emeritus Faculty

  • Tom Murphy

    Tom Murphy

    Emeritus Professor Murphy is an expert in astrophysics instrumentation and is known for his experiments with infrared spectroscopy of galaxies and for his precision lunar ranging tests to explore the principles of General Relativity. Emeritus Professor Murphy has shifted his interests towards research and advocacy of alternate energy sources and sustainable stewardship of our planet's resources.