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Astrophysics: Relativity AND 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 and 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

Ben Bromley

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

Paolo Gondolo

Paolo Gondolo

Cosmology, astrophysics, high energy physics.

Pearl Sandick

Pearl Sandick

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

Yue Zhao

Yue Zhao

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

Zheng Zheng

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.

Last Updated: 12/21/18