Astrophysics & Cosmology

The UCSB Physics Department houses the campus astrophysics research, ranging from experimental work on the cosmic microwave background to observational work at the W.M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea and theoretical work in all parts of astrophysics


 Affiliated Faculty

KITP Director
I do theoretical research in the area of high energy astrophysics, with a focus on understanding the physics and observable properties of accretion flows onto compact objects (black holes, neutron stars, and white dwarfs).
Associate Professor
Discovering, weighing, and understanding exoplanets
Adjunct Professor
LCOGT Staff Scientist
Our group research explores a very wide variety of research in astrophysics from the origin and evolution of our universe to developing photonics based propulsion systems for future exploration to searching for and mitigating threats to humanity from asteroid and comets.
Galactic Winds, the Galaxy - Circumgalactic Medium Ecosystem, Galactic Star Formation Histories, and Cosmic Reionization
Vice Chair
Building the most powerful optical and near-IR detectors in the world to directly image exoplanets.
Assistant Professor
Astronomical Instrumentation, Polarimetry, High-Contrast Imaging of Exoplanets & Circumstellar Disks
Galaxy formation and evolution; physics of diffuse plasmas; cosmic rays; turbulence; circumgalactic medium, galaxy clusters, IGM.