Texas Tech University

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Overview

The astrophysics research group at Texas Tech opened in January of 2013. We presently focus on ground-based and space-based electromagnetic and gravitational wave data of astrophysics in extreme environments and on the stellar populations of nearby galaxies.

Research Topics

The group has a few key areas of research. The areas of major current effort are listed below. The members of the group take broad interest in new developments in a variety of additional areas of astronomy, so please contact us if you're a prospective graduate student and don't see your topics of interest listed.

Extreme and Explosive Astrophysics

  • Observational studies and modeling of Gamma-ray Bursts (Corsi)
  • Radio observations of relativistic supernovae (Corsi)
  • Observational studies of dynamics of dense star clusters (Maccarone)
  • Accretion onto black holes and neutron stars and jet production mechanisms (Maccarone)
  • Neutron star structure, oscillations, and microphysics (Owen)

Stellar Populations in Nearby Galaxies

  • Understanding the X-ray binary populations of nearby galaxies (Maccarone)
  • The Chandra and Swift Galactic Bulge Surveys, characterizing the close binary populations of the Milky Way (Maccarone)

Instrumentation

  • Science case development for new X-ray missions and the Next Generation VLA (Corsi & Maccarone)

Gravitational-Wave Astronomy

  • Searches for gravitational waves associated with gamma-ray bursts and magnetars using LIGO (Corsi)
  • Electromagnetic follow-up of gravitational-wave transients (Corsi)
  • Searches for continuous gravitational waves from rapidly rotating neutron stars with LIGO (Owen)

Extrasolar planets (only available for undergraduate research)

  • Transit timing measurements in extrasolar planet systems (Morehead)
Astro

Tenure Track/Tenured Faculty Members

Other Senior Staff Members

  • Denija Crnojevic, Ph.D., 2010, University of Heidelberg, Research Assistant Professor
  • Robert Morehead, Ph.D., 2016, Penn State University, Instructor and Director of the Preston Gott Observatory
  • Gwen Armstrong, Lead Technician for the Observatory

Department of Physics and Astronomy