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Astrophysics & Particle Astrophysics

Apply physical laws to the working of the cosmos, and work in the largest laboratory there is: the universe itself. Through the study of astrophysics, researchers learn about the origin, structure, evolution, and ecology of the universe and its constituents. By combining astrophysics and elementary particle physics, Michigan Tech researchers can also study high-energy radiation—such as gamma rays, neutrinos, and cosmic rays—and cosmic constituents like active galactic nuclei and super-massive black holes.

With so many mysteries of the universe left unsolved, astrophysics and particle astrophysics aims to make sense of phenomena ranging from the smallest atomic particles to the universe’s largest galaxies.

Faculty Areas of Interest
Experimental Astro-Particle Physics
Gamma-Ray Emission; High-Energy Cosmic Rays
Gamma-ray bursts; Gravitational lensing; Smartphones as science sensors; Cosmology; Gravitation
Experimental Particle Astrophysics

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