Astrophysics and Cosmology
The astrophysics group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Penn currently consists of six full time faculty, one lecturer, and a number of post-doctoral fellows, full-time staff, and graduate students (photos here). We are in the process of hiring more faculty and plan to continue expanding our group over the next several years.
The astro group at Penn has a very strong experimental and theoretical interests in cosmology. We are specially strong in cosmology, galaxy evolution and stellar populations. There is a vibrant collaboration with the string cosmology group at Penn. We also do research on numerical astrophysics. Our areas of research include Kuiper-Belt objects, dark matter search, dark matter halos, large scale structure, galaxy formation and evolution, the cosmic microwave background, and the development of new astronomical instrumentation and telescopes. Our research activities cover the full spectrum -- computations, instrumentation, observation, and theory. There are many exciting projects for students to join.