Texas Tech University

Thomas Maccarone

College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Physics

Thomas Maccarone Tom Maccarone is an associate professor in the Department of Physics, and part of the new initiative to expand the research in physics at Texas Tech into astrophysics.

He works across a broad range of topics in astronomy. His main research interests include:

  • understanding the processes by which gas falls into black holes and onto neutron stars, and how this leads to the emission of light from near these objects
  • understanding the evolution of binary star systems that contain black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs
  • understanding the formation of close binary star systems in dense star clusters and how these systems affect the dynamical evolution of star clusters

He earned his B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1996, and his Ph.D. in astronomy from Yale University in 2001. He then held postdoctoral fellowships at the Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati in Trieste and at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. He then took a faculty position at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom in 2005, which he held before coming to Texas Tech in 2013.