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Astronomy and Astrophysics


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)
  • Accretion physics and tidal effects in the most compact binary stars (Kupfer)
  • Observational studies of late stellar evolution with large-scale time-domain surveys (Kupfer)

Astronomical Surveys

  • 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)
  • Development and application of machine learning algorithms for data-driven discovery in large astronomical surveys (Kupfer)


  • Science case development for new X-ray missions and the Next Generation VLA (Corsi & Maccarone)
  • Development and exploitation of the BlackGEM telescope array (Kupfer)

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)
  • Stochastic Gravitational Wave background with LIGO, LISA and PTA (Romano)
  • Multi-messenger studies of gravitational wave sources for LISA (Kupfer)

Tenure Track/Tenured Faculty Members

Other Senior Staff Members

Department of Physics and Astronomy