# Astrophysics, Gravitation, and Cosmology

## What is Astrophysics?

Astrophysics is the study of celestial objects such as galaxies, stars, black holes, planets, exoplanets, the Big Bang, dark matter, and
dark energy. The study of cosmology is theoretical astrophysics at scales much larger than the size of particular gravitationally-bound objects in the universe.

Astrophysicists have contributed many important insights to our understanding of the universe we live in. They have discovered the approximate age and size of our universe,
theorize how long our sun will last before it exhausts its nuclear fuel (dies), discover what the universe looked like billions of years ago, temperatures of planets,
shapes of galaxies and the way that matter is distributed across the observable universe.

## What are we doing in Astrophysics at Illinois?

The Center for Theoretical Astrophysics encompasses many different groups studying various aspects of astrophysics.
The Illinois Relativity group focuses on the application of Einstein's
theory of general relativity to forefront problems in relativistic astrophysics. The development and application of numerical relativity
to tackle problems by computational means are major activities. The merger of binary compact objects (including binary black holes) and the
generation of gravitational waves are areas of great interest.

The Cosmology group researches topics
including but not limited to properties of clusters, Big Bang nucleosynthesis, extragalactic astronomy, the early universe, structure formation and the properties
of dark matter and dark energy. Our work on the last three topics is being done in collaboration with the high energy physics group.

The Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics group is dedicated to the study of problems in astrophysics requiring numerical
modeling where they often employ parallel computing.

Astrophysics at U. of I. is also pursued in the Department of Astronomy.
All of the Physics faculty in astrophysics work closely with their colleagues in
the Department of Astronomy and many have joint appointments.

## Faculty

Assistant Professor

Astrophysics / Gravitation / Cosmology

237D Loomis Laboratory

(217) 244-7862

Faculty Affiliate

Astrophysics / Gravitation / Cosmology

224 Astronomy Building

(217) 333-9239

Professor of Astronomy

Astrophysics / Gravitation / Cosmology

216 Astronomy Building

(217) 333-5529

Assistant Professor

Astrophysics / Gravitation / Cosmology

405 Loomis Laboratory

(217) 244-4820

Professor

Astrophysics / Gravitation / Cosmology

235 Loomis Laboratory

(217) 333-8646

Professor

Astrophysics / Gravitation / Cosmology

237C Loomis Laboratory

(217) 300-4612

Professor

Astrophysics / Gravitation / Cosmology

225 Astronomy Building

(217) 333-7827

Founder Professor in Physics

Astrophysics / Gravitation / Cosmology

Professor

Astrophysics / Gravitation / Cosmology

237A Loomis Laboratory

(217) 333-5427

Assistant Professor

High Energy Physics

417 Loomis Laboratory

(217) 244-7914

Faculty Affiliate

Astrophysics / Gravitation / Cosmology

229 Astronomy Building

(217) 244-6795