University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Faculty in Physics & Astronomy

All phone numbers are in area code 612 unless otherwise noted.

 DescNameContact InfoAreas of Interest
yong-zhong qian.jpg Yong-Zhong Qian
Professor (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)
TATEH 375-18 (office), 624-7567
qian @
Nuclear/particle astrophysics and cosmology: neutrino oscillations and their effects in astrophysical environments, supernova explosion and nucleosynthesis, chemical evolution of galaxies
VuknewWeb.jpg Vuk Mandic
Professor (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)
PAN 328 (office), 624-6844
mandic @
Gravitational Wave Physics, Observational Cosmology, Early Universe Physics
Jones Thomas W. Jones
Professor (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)
TATEH 285-02 (office), 624-8546
WALIB 411 (office), 624-1699
twj @
Theoretical and computational astrophysics, acceleration of cosmic rays, physics of diffusive shock acceleration, magnetohydrodynamics, galaxy clusters and the intracluster medium, radio galaxy dynamics, supernova remnant dynamics [Research Group Web Pag
picture_of_me_2.jpg Terry J. Jones
Professor (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics), Dir. Graduate Studies
TATEH 260 (office), 624-8009 626-2067
TATEH 265 (lab)
tjj @
Astronomical polarimetry, Infrared astronomy, Comets and Interstellar Magnetic Fields.
Hanany Shaul Hanany
Professor (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)
PAN 316 (office), 626-8929
PAN 388 (lab), 625-1074
hanany @
Observational Cosmology; Early Universe Physics
Humphreys Roberta Humphreys
Emeritus Faculty (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)
TATEH 285-07 (office), 624-6530
roberta @
Luminous stars, stellar evolution, optical spectroscopy, galactic structure
imageGehrz.jpg Robert Gehrz
Professor (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)
TATEH 285-04 (office), 624-7806
TATEH 270 (lab), 626-2067
gehrz @
Lysaknew.jpg Robert Lysak
Professor (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)
TATEH 285-18 (office), 625-1323
lysak001 @
Theoretical Space Plasma Physics, especially magnetospheric physics; auroral particle acceleration; dynamics of ultra-low-frequency (ULF) waves in the magnetosphere, especially kinetic Alfven waves; magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling; dynamics of field-ali
Pepin Robert Pepin
Emeritus Faculty (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)
SHEPLAB 421 (office), 624-0819
SHEPLAB 214 (lab), 624-6001
pepin001 @
prisca_greece3_cut.jpg Priscilla Cushman
Professor (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)
PAN 327 (office), 626-8917
cushman @
Dark matter searches, novel particle detectors, collaborative work in integrative tools for Underground Science, low background techniques
Paul Woodward
Professor (Minnesota Insitute for Astrophysics); Director, LCSE
WALIB 428 (office), 625-8049
paul @
Peloso Marco Peloso
Professor (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)
TATEH 375-12 (office), 624-6525
peloso @
Astroparticle physics, Inflation, Cosmology of extra-dimensions, Physics beyond the Standard Model
Photo on 2011-02-23 at 13.44.jpg M. Claudia Scarlata
Associate Professor (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)
TATEH 285-08 (office), 626-1811
scarlata @
Galaxy formation and evolution: massive galaxies, evolution of galaxy structure. Lyα line as a cosmological tool: escape of Lyα photons, large-scale structure, Lyα blobs. Reionization: Lyman continuum escape fraction, IR background fluctuations
lucy fortson.jpg Lucy Fortson
Professor and SPA Associate Head (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)
TATEH 285-14 (office), 624-9587
fortson @
High-energy astrophysics, gamma-ray astronomy, extragalactic astronomy including active galactic nuclei and barred spirals; Developing online citizen science as a method to solve research problems with large datasets; physics education research.
Liliya Williams Web Profile Picture.jpg Liliya L.R. Williams
Professor (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)
TATEH 285-10 (office), 624-1084
llrw @
Cosmology; properties of dark matter halos; gravitational lensing
LR17.jpg Lawrence Rudnick
Professor (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)
TATEH 275-02 (office), 624-3396
larry @
Interactions of astrophysical relativistic and thermal plasmas in clusters of galaxies. Formation of cosmic large-scale structure and magnetic fields. Studied through radio, X-ray and optical observations, and citizen science projects.
davidson.jpg Kris Davidson
Emeritus Faculty (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)
TATEH 285-07 (office), 624-5711
kd @
OliveWeb.jpg Keith Olive
Professor (Director, Fine Theoretical Physics Institute and Member, Minnesota Insitute for Astrophys
TATEH 275-18 (office), 624-7354
olive @
Cosmology/Particle Physics
Wygantweb.jpg John Wygant
Professor (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)
wygan001 @
Experimental Space Plasma Physics: Shock waves; aurora; magnetic field reconnection; mechanisms for relativistic particle acceleration.
EVAN.COS.jpg Evan Skillman
Professor/Director (Minnesota Insitute for Astrophysics)
TATEH 285-16 (office), 624-9523
skillman @
Extragalactic Observational Astronomy; Specializing in: Chemical Evolution of Galaxies, Structure and Evolution of Dwarf Galaxies, H II Region Abundances, Star Formation, Big Bang Nucleosynthesis, Cluster Galaxies
Cattell_picture.jpg Cynthia Cattell
Professor (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)
TATEH 258 (office), 626-8918
cattell @
Space plasma physics; magnetic and electric field measurements; auroral particle acceleration; particle acceleration and wave processes in Earth’s radiation belts; non-linear plasma physics; magnetic reconnection and shocks.
Prykeweb.jpg Clement Pryke
Associate Professor (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)
PAN 318 (office), 624-7578
PAN 382 (lab)
pryke @
Astrophysics and Cosmology--Cosmic microwave background
phys2015.png Charles E. Woodward
Professor (Minnesota Insitute for Astrophysics); Coordinator LBTO
TATEH 285-06 (office), 624-0254
TATEH 265/270 (lab), 626-2067
woodw024 @
Solar system comets; classical novae and CVs; evolved stellar populations, National/International Space and Research Policy