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astrophysics and cosmology
The astrophysics and cosmology group is at the forefront or modern research in multi-messenger astrophysics, theoretical and observational cosmology, and experimental and theoretical gravitational physics.
Research in multi-messenger astrophysics at S&T focuses on investigating celestial phenomena through electromagnetic waves, gravitational waves, and cosmic rays. Multi-messenger astrophysics is a new branch of science born with the historic detection of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) and the first, far-reaching observation of a merger of two neutron stars. Missouri S&T is an institutional member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and actively participates to the LIGO experiment.
Research in theoretical and observational cosmology focuses on studying the large-scale structure of the Universe to reveal its origin and fate. Precise measurements of the physical properties of the universe can now be obtained thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope, large new ground-based telescopes, and the finest observations of the cosmic microwave background radiation. Missouri S&T researchers are part of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX) and the Subaru Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) experiments.
Research in gravitational physics deals with the theoretical and experimental aspects of gravitational-wave detection, the understanding of the nature of space time, and the mathematical properties of Einstein’s general relativity and alternative theories of gravity.