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Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah

Astrophysics, Relativity & Cosmology

Astrophysicists study celestial bodies such as stars and galaxies by observing their light emissions and particles. These two fields operate on very different scales: one deals with subatomic particles, the other with the Universe at large. Yet they intertwine when addressing some of our most profound scientific questions, such as "What is the origin & fate of the universe?" and "What is the nature of dark energy that drives the accelerating expansion of the universe?"

Researchers at the University of Utah’s Department of Physics & Astronomy are carrying out large-scale computer calculations to recreate the conditions of the quark-gluon plasma. We are able to study the formation of protons and neutrons as the Universe cooled. Such information is vital to our understanding of how the Universe came into being.

Faculty (Theorists)

Listed alphabetically by last name.

Ben Bromley Paolo Gondolo Pearl Sandick

Ben Bromley

Theoretical Astrophysics including planet formation, the outer solar system, relativistic astrophysics, astrophysical cosmology, galactic structure & hypervelocity stars.

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Astronomy at the U

Paolo Gondolo

Cosmology, astrophysics, & high energy physics.

High Energy Astrophysics Institute
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Astronomy at the U

Pearl Sandick

Dark matter; particle astrophysics & cosmology; supersymmetry phenomenology; physics beyond the standard model.

Research Website
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Astronomy at the U

Yue Zhao Zheng Zheng  

Yue Zhao

High energy phenomenology with a focus on new physics beyond the standard model (SM).

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Astronomy at the U

Zheng Zheng

Cosmology, large-scale structure, & galaxy clustering; Galaxy formation & evolution, Lyman-α emitting galaxies; Radiative transfer of Lyman-α photons & applications in astrophysics; Gravitational lensing; Broad research interests in other fields of astrophysics.

Research Website
• Faculty Activity Report (FAR)
Astronomy at the U

 
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