Astrophysics

 Supernova remnant 1987A (R. P. Kirshner and P. Challis, STSci, NASA)
Supernova remnant 1987A (R. P. Kirshner and P. Challis, STSci, NASA)

The Duke HEP neutrino group's research touches on astrophysical and cosmological topics, in particular on neutrinos from core collapse supernovae and other astrophysical sources.

Cosmology-related projects in the Duke HEP neutrino group:

  • The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope¬†(LSST): a planned wide-field "survey" telescope that will photograph the entire available sky every few nights studying the nature of Dark Energy and Dark Matter.

 Astrophysically-related projects in the Duke HEP neutrino group:

  • Super-Kamiokande: a large water Cherenkov detector in Japan sensitive to astrophysical neutrinos over a wide range of energies
  • Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment: the next-generation large neutrino detector in the United States
  • HALO: a lead-based supernova neutrino detector in Canada
  • SNEWS : the SuperNova Early Warning System, a world-wide network of neutrino detectors

Professor Arlie Petters studies gravitational lensing and black holes.

Teaching and outreach activities take place at the Duke teaching observatory.

Astrophysics Faculty

  • Phillip S. Barbeau

    Assistant Professor of Physics
    Research Interest:
    Direct searches for dark matter; Experimental Nuclear & Particle Astro-Physics, Double Beta Decay, Neutrinos and Dark Matter
  • Hubert Bray

    Professor of Mathematics
    Research Interest:
    Geometric analysis with applications to general relativity and the large-scale geometry of spacetimes
  • Arlie O. Petters

    Benjamin Powell Professor of Mathematics in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
    Research Interest:
    Problems connected to the interplay of gravity and light (gravitational lensing, general relativity, astrophysics, cosmology)
  • Kate Scholberg

    Professor of Physics
    Research Interest:
    Astrophysical neutrinos; Experimental particle physics and particle astrophysics; neutrino physics with beam, atmospheric and supernova neutrinos (Super-K, T2K, LBNE, HALO, SNEWS)
  • Christopher Walter

    Professor of Physics
    Research Interest:
    Particle-astrophysics and cosmology; Experimental Particle Physics, Neutrino Physics, Particle-Astrophysics, Unification and CP Violation