Astrophysics at Duke

 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.

  • Arlie Petters (Professor, primary appointment: Mathematics) : gravitational lensing, black holes
  • Ronen Plesser (Professor, secondary appointment: Mathematics): string theory
  • Kate Scholberg (Professor) : astrophysical neutrinos
  • Hubert Bray (Professor, primary appointment: Mathmatics) :  geometric analysis with applications to general relativity and the large-scale geometry of spacetimes.
  • Chris Walter (Associate Professor) : Particle-Astrophysics and Cosmology
  • Phil Barbeau (Assistant Professor): Direct Searches for dark matter