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​​The UW Physics Department has a broad interest in astrophysics with an emphasis on making the hard measurements that push our understanding of the cosmos. Key efforts inclue the world's premier search for axions (one of two proposed dark matter particles) with ADMX, detecting the birth of the first stars and galaxies during the Epoch of Reionization with the MWA, the world's most precise measurements of gravity (primary constraints on extra dimensions come from UW measurements), measuring the mass and nature of neutrinos with KATRIN, and the study of neutron stars and supernovae. UW is also a founding member of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, and plays a leading data analysis role to study Dark Energy. In many of these areas we have strong ties with the UW Astronomy department (we're in the same building), and many faculty in the Physics and Astronomy departments advise students from the other department.​
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Leslie Rosenberg
ADMX experiment
The Axion Dark Matter eXperiment (ADMX) uses a resonant microwave cavity within in a large superconducting magnet to search for cold dark matter axions in the local galactic dark matter halo. Sited at the Center for Experimental Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Washington, ADMX is a large collaborative effort with researchers from universities and laboratories around the world.
Miguel Morales
Associate Professor
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My research interests fall into three related areas: observational cosmology, the transient universe, and the development of the advanced hardware and software needed for emerging astrophysics observations. Over the past few years I have developed several new radio cosmology signatures and I’m currently working on the construction of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) and GASE array, and the design of the CARPE.
Sanjay Reddy
Professor and INT Senior Fellow
Nuclear and neutrino astrophysics
I am interested in nuclear and neutrino processes that underly extreme astrophysical phenomena (neutron star structure and evolution, core-collapse supernova, x-ray bursts, magnetar flares, and gamma-ray bursts). Other interests include the application of quantum many-body theory to nuclei, cold atom gases, nuclear matter, dense quark matter, and related phases in neutron stars.
R.G. Hamish Robertson
Neutrino Physics
Gray Rybka
Assistant Professor
Axion Dark Matter Experiment
R. Jeffrey Wilkes
Emeritus Professor
Alvaro Chavarria
Assistant Professor
Eric Adelberger
Emeritus Professor
Eot-Wash Experiment
Gravity measurements using torsion balances.

Other researchers

Bryna J. Hazelton, Research Associate,
Karl Van Bibber, Affiliate Professor,